David Cizner was born February 12, 2002 in Prague into a musical family. His mother, Florence Cizner, is a well-known voice teacher and the music director of the early music ensemble "Musica Fresca". The musically saturated environment he and his twin sister were brought up in naturally led to them being very musically talented. Their mother started giving them voice lessons at the age of five. On average, they had three to four lessons a week. This lasted for a couple of years and resulted in a great project: the internet voice training textbook "Unique Vocal Technique for Kids" (www.vocaltechniqueforkids.com) that both children helped create, filming and recording the vocal and musical exercises. At the age of 9, David had already become one of the five members of the Musica Fresca vocal ensemble, recording and performing five part polyphonic repertoire of the renaissance and early baroque era.
In April of 2012 he performed at the International Music Festival in Brno, where he sang soprano solo in a concert of the Responsorium of the Holy Week by Jakub Jan Ryba. He has won several prestigious vocal competitions: Vinohradsky slavicek (1st place in 2010, 1st place in 2011), Karlovarsky slavicek (2nd place in 2011), the International vocal competition Prazsky pevec (1st place in 2011). He has been chosen to attend the master classes of a well known vocal pedagogue, Mr. Jiri Kotouc at the Summer School of Early Music in Valtice, which has led to a regular collaboration between David and Mr. Kotouc.
David's singing career as a boy soprano is now approaching its peak. Although the voice break commonly occurs at the age of 13 or 14, it is not predictable and can arrive sooner. As soon as this happens, his voice will change profoundly, as will his repertoire. We therefore seized this unique opportunity to record his repertoire before he is unable to sing it. Thus the album "The Celebration of Trebles" was created under the music direction of Florence Cizner in May, June and September of the year 2012. [Kateřina Andršová / ARTA]
David Cizner A selection of religious music of the baroque and classical era featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonin Dvorak and other composers of their time.
David Cizner "The Celebration of Trebles," as its title suggests, is a celebration of the boy soprano voice and demonstrates its vast range of technical and interpretational possibilities. It features David Cizner, a young talented boy soprano, who was only ten years old when he recorded the album. His pure, vibrant voice of amazing dexterity and suppleness is accompanied throughout many genres by well known players on period instruments: baroque violins, violas, viola da gamba, virginal, theorbo, positive organ or fortepiano. Using his phenomenal memory, David sings the whole repertoire in its original language using historically informed pronunciation.
The album consists mostly of sacred repertoire, as this was the main area of music composed for boy sopranos. It was recorded in the unique baroque church of St. Jacob the Great in Otruby in central Bohemia. To show the wide range of the boy soprano’s expressiveness, several secular compositions were included. The compositions on this album range from renaissance to contemporary music from composers such as Tarquinio Merula, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Vincenzo Castelani, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Benjamin Britten. [ARTA]
Boy soprano: David Cizner; Soprano: Hana Kovaříková (8, 9), Anna Punčochářová (5, 11), Gabriela Synková (19); Tenor: Ladislav Kolář (4, 6); Bass: Michael Pospíšil (4); Violin: Zuzana Grosmanová (3, 4, 6), Kateřina Trnavská (4, 6), Jiřina Štrynclová (3); Viola: Kateřina Trnavská (3); Harp: Ivana Pokorná (1, 6); Archlute: Jindřich Macek (10, 11); Theorbo: Jan Krejča (3, 4, 6, 8); Romantic guitar: Jan Tuláček (14); Viola da gamba: Hana Fleková (3, 4, 10, 11), Pavel Drbal (6); Violoncello: Hana Fleková (12); Positive organ (3 - 8): Eva Bublová, Jiřina Dvořáková (2, 19); Virginal: Markéta Čechová (9, 11, 12); Fortepiano: Petra Matějová (13, 15 - 17); Piano: Jiřina Dvořáková (18); Music director: Florence Cizner. Recorded May, June and September, 2012.