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Zbyněk Müller

He has devoted himself to music since his childhood – he started to learn the piano at the age of six and the oboe when he was twelve. Later on, he studied oboe at the Prague Conservatory and at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. While still a student he achieved remarkable success as an oboist – in addition to five first prizes at national competitions, in 1996 he was awarded the second prize at the Prague Spring international music competition and in the same year also received the Josef Hlávka Award. For two years he was the principal oboist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, between 1995 and 2005 he was the solo oboist at the Prague Philharmonia. He has devoted himself to conducting since 1990 – following studies at the Prague Conservatory, he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Jiří Bělohlávek. In 1996 he began to collaborate as a conductor with the Prague Philharmonia, where during the course of ten years he conducted more than 50 concerts, including at prominent music festivals and prestigious cultural events (Prague Spring, Chopin Mariánské Lázně, Murten Classics, anniversary of the death of A. Dvořák, etc.), and several times he also performed as both soloist and conductor. He has already conducted the majority of Czech symphonic ensembles, he has been a regular guest of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Košice Philharmonic Orchestra. Since the 2008/2009 season he became the chief-conductor of the Košice Philharmony. As a conductor, he has partnered on stage a host of famous artists (J. Suk, M. Fukačová, S. Kam, I. Faust, L. Peterková, J. Bárta, E. Urbanová, Z. Kloubová, P. Šporcl, etc.). In 2001-02 he worked as an assistant to principal conductor V. Ashkenazy in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has also collaborated with many other distinguished conductors, L. Segerstam, C. P. Flor, Z. Mácal, M. Honeck to name but a few. In recent years he has increasingly turned his attention to opera – since 2000, at Prague’s National Theatre he has conducted the productions of Mozart operas Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Aida, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Bizet’s Carmen, Saint-Saëns‘s Samson et Dalila, Janáček’s Fate, Martinů’s The Greek Passion, Dvořák's The Jacobin and others. With the ensemble of the National Theatre, where he has been permanently engaged since 2004, he has prepared Smetana’s operas The Secret and The Kiss, both premiered at the prestigious festival in Litomyšl. In March 2012 he has prepared a Czech premiere of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana. With the orchestra of the National Theatre he appeared as a conductor at a Brno festival of Janáček operas (Fate), at the Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden (Adriana Lecouvreur), in South Korea, Festival Ravenna (Don Giovanni). He has also been invited to collaborate with opera houses abroad, including Teatro Real Madrid (Fate) and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf-Duisburg, where he prepared a new production of Don Giovanni (2005). Update: March 2012

Complete Ensemble of The National Theatre Opera