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Otakar ŠEVČÍK

(*22.3.1852 Horažďovice +18.1.1934 Písek)


Czech violinist and pedagogue

He studied singing, playing piano and violin. He absolved the Prague Conservatory with violinist Antonín Bennewitz. He became a violin-virtuoso and absolved many tours to Poland, Russia. In 1870-73 he worked as a concertmaster of Mozarteum in Salzburg, in 1873 in the Temporary Theatre in Prague, 1873-74 in the Comic Opera in Vienna. In 1875-92 he taught in Charkov and Kiev in Ukraine. In 1892-1906 he worked at the Prague Conservatory, 1909-18 he headed the master-class in Academy of Vienna, in 1919-21 he was a head of violin master-class at the Prague Conservatory. From 1907 he lived in Písek, but he has many private disciples around the world (e.g. Jan Kubelík, Jaroslav Kocian or Ševčík Quartet). He wrote many pedagogical books: School of Violin Technique, School of String Technique. He composed also one composition: Czech Dances including popular "song" Holka modrooká (The Blue-eyed Girl).