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Evzen Zamecnik

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Evžen Zámečník

Biography

Evžen Zámečník (ZAH-metch-nyeek) (b. 5 February 1939, Frydek Mistek, Czech Republic - 19 February 2018) was a Czech violinist, composer. conductor and educator.

From 1956 to 1961, he studied violin and composition at the Brno Conservatory and then at the Janacek Music Academy with Jan Kapr, where in 1968, he graduated with a degree in composition with his one opera, La farce du cuvier. A scholarship enabled him to study for two years in the composition class of Guenter Bialas at the Staatliche Hochschule uer Musik in Munich. He completed his studies at the Academy of Music in Prague with Jiri Dvoracek.

He was a violinist for many years with the Janacek Opera Orchestra and the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra. Following that, he served as a dramaturg for five years at the Janacek Opera House. Zámečník conducted and managed the Brno Brass Ensemble from 1982 until his death. In 1994, he was named director of the Brno Conservatory of Music, a post he held until 2002, where he did much to build up the wind orchestra curriculum. Zámečník was an energetic organizer of activities in the field of wind and brass music and was the Czech delegate in the international organization CISM.

His style of composing initially had a tendency towards neoclassicism. Later he increasingly integrated contemporary composition techniques . His dominant line remained a simple, spontaneous tonal speech, first tinged with the timbres of the string instruments. In his later work the interest in wind instruments and percussion is clearly audible.


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