The festival is held under the financial support of the City of Prague, under the auspices of the Apostolic Nuncio to Prague Archbishop Mons. Charles Daniel Balvo.
Ivana Michalovičová comes from Prague. After the secondary school she graduated from the Prague Conservatoire under J. Kalfus, then she studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under J. Tůma. During the university studies she took part in a one-year study in Strasburg in France (organ under A. Heurtematte, improvisation under D. Mauer and P. Lefebvre, basso continuo under F. Jacob). She has taken part in a number of interpretation courses led by leading organists (L. van Doeselaar, S. Engels, L. Ghielmi, S. Kaminski, O. Latry, J. Essl, K. Owolabi, M. Schmeding, H. Vogel). She has given concerts in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and has cooperated with various soloists (most often with the flautist Eva Prchalová). She has been regularly performing with the mixed choir Gaudium Pragense conducted by L. Hurník. She has given premieres of a number of compositions by contemporary Czech composers (I. Hurník, L. Hurník, P. Koronthály, J. Bernátek, J. Dřízal and others). Ms Michalovičová is a member of Duae Tastae Cantantes, the vocal-instrumental ensemble of singing players on keyboard instruments, who pursue authentic interpretation of Medieval and Renaissance music. She also teaches in Prague.
The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.