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Martin Turnovský

(*29. 9. 1928 Prague)

Czech conductor

From 1947, he studied piano and conducting at the Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Pavel Dědeček, Karel Ančerl, Robert Brock and Metod Doležil and with Georg Széll for a few months abroad from 1956. From 1952 to 1960, he worked in the army music ensembles. In 1958, he received the first prize in the Besançon competition in France. From 1959 to 1962, he was engaged as a conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Brno, from 1963 to 1966 in the Pilsen Radio Orchestra, from 1966 to 1968 as a chief conductor in the Dresdner Staatskapelle and Dresdner Staatsoper. In 1965, he went on tour with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to the U.S.A. After the occupation in 1968, he immigrated to Austria where he later received his Austrian citizienship. He worked in Norway as a chief conductor of the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo from 1975 to 1980, and as a chief conductor of opera in Bonn from 1979 to 1982. He has been guest conductor in many European and foreign orchestras and opera theatres. After 1989, he returned to Prague and renewed his professional activities. He guested in the State Opera and from 1992 to 1995 he has worked as a chief conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, he became a conductor of the Gumma Symphony Orchestra in Japan. From 1990 to 1995, he taught conducting at the High Music School in Austrian Graz. In 1999, he received an Austrian Honorary Cross for the Science and Arts. He recorded music for Supraphon and Schwann. Several of his recordings from the time before his emigration were destroyed. He published his memories Pondělníci (2003).