The composer and music educator Petr Fiala has worked as a conductor and chorus master for almost half a century. He has been invited by Czech and foreign orchestras and choirs to undertake vocal-instrumental pieces in particular. Moreover, he has given conducting masterclasses and sat on juries of international competitions. Under his guidance, the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, which he founded in 1990, has become one the finest European choruses.
Petr Fiala studied composition at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, in the class of Jan Kapr. He has composed over 180 pieces, including concerti for solo instruments, chamber works, song cycles, oratorios and cantatas, as well as two music dramas – the ballet Hořící kámen (The Burning Stone) and the opera Kráska a zvíře (The Beauty and the Beast), based on a play by František Hrubín. He has received the Czech Bishops Conference’s Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius for his extraordinary conducting and composing achievements, and the City of Brno Prize for long-term artistic activity and representation of Brno. In 2016, he was awarded the South Moravia Prize for promotion of the region’s culture.