Conductor - Ondřej Kukal

Ondřej Kukal

A composer, conductor and violinist, Ondřej Kukal has been considered one of the most outstanding artistic personalities in the Czech artistic scene. He is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He was a student of Prof. Josef Vlach in violin and of Jindřich Feld in composition. From 1985 to 1995 he was a member of the New Vlach's Quartet, from 1991 to 1996 he was a principal conductor of the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra České Budějovice. In 1993 he became a conductor of the Czech Chamber Orchestra established by Václav Talich in 1946; in 1996 he became a permanent conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and a concert master of the Prague Chamber Orchestra without conductor. In 1999 he obtained a scholarship from the Bavarian Government for a six-month creative stay in Bamberg in Germany. Since 2002 Ondřej Kukal has been a chief conductor of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a regular guest of leading Czech orchestras - the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Brno etc. He also conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he conducted an initial concert of the International Music Festival Prague Spring and Kukal´s interpretation of Má vlast/My country was compared to Rafael Kubelík´s creations by the critics. Despite the breadth of his conducting performance we can find by Ondřej Kukal an increased interest in Czech authors from the 18th century up to the present. The majority of his own composing production has been recorded by Czech Radio; many of his works are available on CDs. His Clarinettino - Concertino for a clarinet and strings was awarded by the Classic 94 prize, Symphony No.1 - "with chimes" awarded the prize from OSA (Society for the Protection of the Rights of Music Authors and Publishers) in 2005.