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Oldřich Vlček (Conductor, Violin)

Born: May 18, 1939 - Býk, Czechoslovakia

The Czech conductor and violinist, Oldřich Vlček, studied at the Prague Academy of Art - violin in the class of Professor Nora Grumlíková and conducting under the leading of chief conductor of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Václav Neuman.

From 1980 Oldřich Vlček was a concert master and conductor of Prague Chamber Orchestra. In 1990 he re-established the new chamber orchestra Virtuosi di Praga which he founded in 1976. In 2001 he founded and since than lead the new Estate Theatre Prague orchestra - Amadé, which is part of The National Theatre Prague orchestra. From 2004 he became one of the leading conductors of The National Theatre Prague.

From the beginning of his professional career Oldřich Vlček combines solo performing with the post of leader/conductor of orchestra. As a soloist, he has worked with Plácido Domingo, Josef Suk (with whom he made a recording of among others Antonio Vivaldiís Double concertos), Antonio Meneses, Barbara Hendricks, Igor Oistrach, Pavel Kogan, Peter Schreier, Christian Benda, Sir Charles Mackerras (under his baton he recorded Georg Frideric Handelís Concerti Grossi), Mstislav Rostropovich and number of other outstanding artists.

Under his leading orchestras have recorded more than 200 CD's for Supraphon, Orfeo, Discover, Claves, Koch International and received two platinum Discs from Supraphon for the most successful recordings in the field of classical music and Gold Discs from the Discover and Supraphon labels.

Besides Prague Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi di Praga and Amadé Orchestra Prague Oldřich Vlček conducted several other orchestras like Florence Sinfonietta, Milano Classica, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Festival Orchestra Pontes, Slovak Philharmony, Orchestra of Prague Opera House (Mozartís operas - Figaroís marriage, Cossi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Rossini - Barber from Sevilla), Częstochowa Philharmonic, etc.

Oldřich Vlček toured the whole Europe, the USA, Latin America, Far East, performed in several world international festivals - Bregense, Brescia, Dresden, Lima, Mexico, Philadelphia, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Salzburg, Santa Cecilia, Willach, etc.

Oldřich Vlček is founder of the International Music Festival Pontes.

Source: Virtuosi di Praga Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2008)

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