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Evžen Zámečník

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Evžen Zámečník


Evžen Zámečník (ZAH-metch-nyeek) (b. 1939) is a versatile, spontaneous musician, organizer and teacher from the Czech Republic; composer of chamber, vocal, operatic, orchestral and symphonic wind orchestra music (band and brass ensembles). He is a violin player, a conductor, the artistic leader of the Brno Brass Band, and holds the post of director of the Brno Conservatory of Music.

Zámečník was born in 1939 in Frydek Mistek in northern Moravia in the Czech Republic. 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. Followin that, he served as a dramaturg for five years at the Janacek Opera House. Zámečník has conducted and managed the Brno Brass Ensemble since 1982. 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 is an energetic organizer of activities in the field of wind and brass music and was the Czech delegate in the international organization CISM.

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