Ivo Medek

Portrait of the composer Ivo Medek.
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Ivo Medek has created more than 50 orchestral, chamber and electro-acousticcompositions, including five operas and feature-length multimedia projects. A numberof his works have been performed on prominent stages and at festivals in Europe, America and Asia (Warsaw Autumn, Darmstadt Summer Courses, World New Music Days Hong Kong, Wiener Festwochen, Moscow Autumn, Prague Spring, Melos-Étos, VN:M Graz, Kraakgiujden Amsterdam, New Music Week Shanghai, Pianodrom, Grabenfest, Cluj Modern, etc.) by renowned soloists and ensembles (Carin Levine, Gareth Davis, Daniel Kienzy, ensemble recherche, Aeolian Trio, PluralEnsemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Zeitgeist Ensemble, etc.) and recorded on CDs and for the media in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
Ivo Medek has given numerous lectures at international conferences, and has presented works at music centres and universities in Europe (Mannheim, Darmstadt, The Hague, Rotterdam, Zwolle, Enschede, Gesselschaft für Neue Musik Köln, Vienna, Graz, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Warsaw, Kyiv, Salzburg, Lisbon, Porto, Belgrade, Tirana, Osijek, etc.), the USA (California Institute of the Arts, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Davis, California State University, University of Southern California, University of North Texas, Chapman University, etc.) and Asia. He has written dozens of essays and articles, which have been published in specialist magazines and dailies alike. The most noteworthy of his publications include the monographs Úvod do procesuality jako komplexní kompoziční metody (An Introduction to Processuality) and Řád hudebního díla a obecné principy jeho realizace (Order in Music Composition and Means of its Construction, writtentogether with Alois Piňos), both of them also published in English translations.

Ivo Medek co-founded Ars incognita, one of the very first Czech ensemblesspecialised in contemporary music (1984), and Ensemble Marijan (1999), focused on improvised music and multimedia projects.

Moreover, he has co-founded and organised the international Musica Novaconference and the Percussion Workshop in Trstěnice, Czech Republic. He hasworked on a project aimed at activating the creativity of children and young people by means of improvisational and compositional techniques. Ivo Medek has also served as the director of the New Music Encounters Plus international festival, which has taken place for two decades.


1. Alter-ego 
(2016) ….. 18:57
Double concerto for bass clarinet, piano and orchestra
Gareth Davis – bass clarinet, Sára Medková – piano,
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Petr Vronský

2. Wings (2005) ….. 10:07
members of ensemble recherche joined by student of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts workshop concert, cond. Zsolt Nagy,
live recording

3. Grain (2004) ….. 20:53
Concerto for flute and Orchestra
Carin Levine – flute, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, cond. Petr Vronský

4. Immemorial Shapes (2012) ….. 15:59
Israel Contemporary Players, cond. Zsolt Nagy

CD is available with CMQ 2016/2