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František Vajnar

(*15.9.1930 Strašice near Rokycany)

Czech conductor

He studied at the Prague Conservatory, and later conducting with Alois Klíma. In 1951 he became a violinist in the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague, from 1953 to 1955, he worked as conductor of the Army Opera, from 1955 to 1960, he performed in the Music Theatre in Karlin, between 1960 and 1962 he worked in the opera in Ostrava, and from 1962 to 1973 he was a conductor and chief of Opera in Ústí nad Labem. Here, he prepared many operas including Vostřák´s The Borken Jug (premiere 1969), Leoncavallo´s Gypsies, Czech prem. in 1972, Wagner´s Tristan and Isolde, first performing after 1945. From 1974 to 1980 and in 1985 and 1992 he worked in the National Theatre in Prague. During the period between 1979 and 1985, he conducted the Orchestra of the Czech Radio, 1992-93 he was a chief conductor of the State Opera in Prague. He devoted himself also to the concert activities as an art leader of the ensemble Collegium musicum Pragense (1968–94) and chief conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové (1991–2001). He is a versatile opera´s and symphonic conductor with large repertoire. He performed in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and at the opera´s theatres in Germany, Austria, Italy, Suisse, Irland and Australia. Since 1974 he is teaching at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts.