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Master of Fine Arts Libor Pešek (1933) - Biography

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A music conductor is always an exile of sorts

Libor Pešek was born in 1933. At grammar school, he was a classmate of the movie director Miloš Forman with whom he also collaborated on several theater projects. After graduation, he decided to continue his studies at the Faculty of Music and Dance, to become a conductor. He worked as a répétiteur in Pilsen, after which he became a freelancer. At that time, he founded the Chamber Symphonic Orchestra and later the Sebastian Orchestra. Both of these ensembles focused on precise work with details. Since 1963, he also served as the second conductor in the Northern Bohemian Symphonic Orchestra. In between 1970 and 1977 he worked both in Czechoslovakia and in the Netherlands; serving as the chief condutor of the Eastern Bohemian State Chamber Orchestra in Pardubice. For a short period, he also worked as a chief conductor of the Slovak Symphonic Orchestra and since 1986 also as the chief conductor of the Liverpool Orchestra. He conducted the concert on the occassion of Václav Havel's presidential inauguration. In 1997, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire. At present, he is the chief conductor of the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra.

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