Luboš Mrkvička

Portrait of the composer Luboš Mrkvička.
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Luboš Mrkvička (*1978)
Mrkvička has taught at the composition department at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) since 2006, teaching composition and theoretical subjects focused on 20th-century compositional techniques. Since 2006, he has also been active as a composition teacher at New York University in Prague. Following three years at the Prague Conservatory in Bohuslav Řehoř’s composition class, he studied at HAMU with Milan Slavický and Marek Kopelent, earning his doctorate in 2009. During his studies, he participated in numerous composition workshops, as well as an exchange at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with David Sawer. He writes instrumental music exclusively, from solo pieces and small chamber ensembles to large orchestras. Stylistically, his work is based in the tradition of the structuralist and constructivist avant-garde of the second half of the 20th century. His music is regularly performed by leading Czech ensembles specialising in contemporary music (Ostravská banda, Brno Contemporary Orchestra, Berg Orchestra, MoEns) as well as ensembles and soloists of worldwide renown (Klangforum Wien, Xasax Saxophone Quartet, Ian Pace, Satoko Inoue). In 2019, his piece For Large Ensemble, Part D (commissioned by the Prague Spring festival and first presented by Klangforum Wien with conductor Bas Wiegers) received the “Trochu nižší C4” award for the best piece written by a Czech composer in 2018.

1. For Large Ensemble, Part C____13:23

2. For Large Ensemble, Part F____28:05

3. For Piano, Part K____9:53

4. For Piano, Part G____5:57

5. For Piano, Part L____9:33