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Zdenek Lukáš

 1928 - 2007Zdenek Lukáš Photo © V. Tachezy, 1997

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Zdenek Lukáš is one of the most prolific Czech composers, with over 330 works up to date * graduated from a teachers' college and worked as a teacher at first * from 1953 to 1963 worked as a musical editor and program director at the National Broadcasting Company in Pilsen and as a conductor of Cecka písen, which under his direction became one of the most famous choirs in the country * between 1962 and 1970 had regular consultations in composition with Miloslav Kabelac (1908–1979) who initiated him into the world of contemporary compositional techniques and the refinements of orchestration and instrumental colors * Lukáš has been strongly influenced by folk music and throughout his career had a strong focus on vocal music * his works, which include six symphonies, several operas, a number of oratorios and cantatas and dozens of choral works, have often received prizes abroad, eg his Parabolae Salomonis in the 1965 Ernest Bloch Competition in the United States, Versos d'amor y de comitat in Barcelona in 1972, and his Fifth Symphony the 1973 Premio Citta di Trieste * apart from his composition, he continues his work with choirs both at home and abroad

Works by Zdenek Lukáš include:
Piano Concerto No.3 op.258
Dies Irae op.274 for piano, chorus and orchestra
Concertino dedicato op.248 for violin and string orchestra
Impulsioni op.313 for oboe and piano



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