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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2013, 11:37:19 am »

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"Juraj Farkaš was born in Bratislava in 1942 and studied piano, composition and conducting at the Conservatory of his home town between 1957 and 1962, where he was taught among others by Andrej Očenáš (composition) and Paula Pokojná (piano). After completing his studies, he was admitted in the class of the famous composer Ján Cikker at the Bratislava Music Academy. He was later employed as co-repetitor in the Opera House of the Slovak National Theatre. He also worked as the artistic director of the Folk Music Ensemble at the Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava. During this period, he composed pieces with folk themes, arranged a number of Slovak songs and won the 1st prize in the national competition of composition for dance groups (goralský tanec). He received the Grand Prix of the Czechoslovak Radio for his orchestral piece "Incantations". Among his best-known works are the "Sinfonietta Poetica", the Second Symphony (1968, for the Prague Spring) and the Piano Concerto, as well as many chamber works, including the "Silser Impressionen" or "Musica Helvetica" (composed for the 700th anniversary of the Confederation). His works were conducted by such famous Slovak conductors as Ladislav Holoubek, Ondrej Lenárd, Pavol Bagin, Miroslav Šmíd, Josef Štelzer and others. A programme featuring the Sinfonietta Poetica by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra was broadcast by Slovak Television. Juraj Farkaš described himself as a modern-oriented composer, taking models such as Stravinsky, Bartók, Cikker or the Second Viennese School. For many years, Juraj Farkaš was Hauskapellmeister at the Hotel Waldhaus in Sils. He passed away at the end of 2011."
Kindly provided by Markus Straser, Manager of the Engadine Symphony Orchestra (http://www.sinfonia-engiadina.ch).
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