About us

Prague chamber guitar orchestra

Prague chamber guitar orchestra (PKKO) was founded at the turn of the millennium by guitar teacher and conductor Vladimír Novotný. Until today it has expanded to twenty guitar enthusiasts who achieved success in several musical school competitions or even play guitar for living.  

Repertoire of the orchestra has developed from simple arrangements of Renaissance songs and Latin American music to movie music, arrangements of swing and pop music, all of which makes our ensemble unique compared to other guitar and mandoline orchestras. Apart from classical guitars, we also play soprano guitars, bass guitars or mandolinas. During concerts you can also hear us singing, play with guitar pick or we use different percussion instruments.

In 2010, our first successful CD Vol. 1. was released. In 2012 it was followed by second CD Vol 2. and a professional music video for a composition Badinerie by J. S. Bach was shot.

We participate in international guitar and mandolin festivals every year which allows us not only to get an inspiration of other orchestras, but also to travel and visit many interesting places. Our farthest destination was our tour to Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016.

During the years of our existence we visited Guitarfest in Omis in Croatia, festival in Belgian Deinze and Gent, in France we had concerts in Avignon, Paris and Remiremont and we also did not miss Germany, where we took part in festivals in Frankfurt and Bruchsal. Last year we had the opportunity to participate in festival in Sicilian Solarino and this year we went to Echternach in Luxembourg. At home one of our greatest success was participation in the biggest festival Guitar across genres in 2017.

Apart of our regular concerts we also like to support charity events and with our music we contributed to Club of cystic fibrosis, adoption charity or charity for paraplegic patients. We also thought of an idea how to spread our love for music to children who cannot afford to buy a guitar on their own. So, we decided to run a charity project Guitars for Children within which we raised money in a crowdfunding campaign to buy eighteen guitars for children clubs of an organization People in need where children in difficult social situation can meaningfully spend their free time and learn to play the guitar.

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