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Zdeněk Košler

(*25. 3. 1928 Prague †2.7.1995 Prague)

Czech conductor

He came from a musical family. From 1944 to 1945, he was imprisoned in the Theresinestadt Ghetto. From 1947, he studied music theory and composition with Otakar Jeremiáš, piano with Erna Grünfeldová, composition with Jaroslav Řídký, conducting with Pavel Dědeček and from 1948 tp 1952 with Metod Doležil, Karel Ančerl and Robert Brock at the Academy of Performing Arts From 1948 to 1958, he was engaged at the National Theatre, first as a répétiteur, later as a conductor. During this time, he conducted his first concerts in Prague with the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. In 1956, he was awarded in a conducting competition in Besançon. From 1958 to 1962, he worked as a chief of Opera in Olomouc, from 1962 to 1966 in Ostrava. As a result of his award in the competition of Dimitri Mitropoulos in New York in 1963, he worked for one season as Leonard Bernstein´s assistent in the New York Philharmonic. From 1965, he guested at the Komische Oper in Berlin and later bacame chief conductor from 1967 to 1968. From 1971 to 1976, he worked as a chief conductor of the Slovakian National Theatre in Bratislava. He was a conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1976), the head of the opera department of the National Theatre in Prague (1980-85), the chief conductor (1987-92) and later guest conductor of this theatre. He guested in many European, North American and Japan cultural centres. He became noticed due to his detailed work with orchestra, and with his attentive conducting of singers towards a realistic dramatic expression. He studied new works very quickly yet conscientiously (he performed many premiere of Czech contemporary music). He had an extraordinary memory, which helped him to retain a large repertoire, primarily the entire operatic work of Smetana, Dvořák, Fibich and Janáček). He belonged to the must famous conductors of his generation.