The vocal ensemble Adash has been developed from a unique course of Hebrew, taught at Ostrava University
by Dr. Tomáš Novotný. Because he uses Hebrew songs to teach the Hebrew language, the course is titled
'Hebrew Through Songs'. In Hebrew: Ivrit Derekh Shirim. The ensemble has derived their name from this
title 'Hebrew Through Songs'; the name Adash is the acronym of the three Hebrew words.
When in 1999 the students showed publicly for the first time the songs they used for learning Hebrew,
the demand was so great that they were invited to perform many real concerts. As a result of this,
Adash has performed several hundreds of concerts in less than ten years of existence. From Europe
to the USA, from concert halls to churches, from parliament to synagogues. One of the highlights
for this group is the concert they performed at the prestigious International Music Festival Prague
Spring in 2004. At present Adash often gives its concerts in cooperation with the klezmer band Naches.
Dr. Tomáš Novotný graduated from Prague Conservatory in Composition, Orchestral Conducting, and French Horn Performance. He also graduated from the Evangelical Faculty in Prague where he obtained a doctorate in the Old Testament in Hebrew Wisdom Literature. He uses all of his excellent qualifications cohesively through his direction of and involvement in the Adash choir. Currently, he teaches with the Faculty of Arts at Ostrava University.