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František Jílek

(*22. 5. 1913 Brno †16. 9. 1993 Brno)

Czech conductor

He studied composition at the Conservatory in Brno with Jaroslav Kvapil and Zdeněk Chalabala and in the master class of the Conservatory with Vítězslav Novák. From 1933 to 1938, he worked as a teacher and choirmaster of the Brno Assembly, from 1937 to 1939 as a répétiteur and conductor of Brno Opera, from 1939 to 1948 as a conductor of the Opera in Ostrava. From 1948 to 1978 he again worked again in Brno as a conductor and chief of opera, from 1978 as a chief conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1962, he taught at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. He continued as an opera conductor following the Brno´s tradition of performing of Janáček compositions (i.e. in 1958, the scenic premiere of opera The Fate in the arrangement by Václav Nosek). He studied a large classical and modern repertoire (Martinů: Greek Passion (1962), Prokofiev: A Flaming Angel (1963) and others). He was a versatile musician, he was also a composer, good improviser and a pianist. He conducted very precisely and logically. The Brno Opera reached an internatinal level under his baton. He guested on many foreign stages primarily with Janáček´s work among others in Dresden, Leipzig, Perugia, Florence, Vienna, Geneve, Oslo and Moskow.