ŠMÍD, MIROSLAV (1932-2006)

Czech composer Miroslav Šmíd was born on 19 April, 1932 at Zlín and died 7 June, 2006 at Bratislava.
 
Higher School of Music in Zlín (piano, violin and violoncello)
1951 graduated from secondary grammar school in Zlín  
1951 – 1952 mechanic at the former Precision Engineering Works at Zlín  
1952 – 1965 Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (orchestral conducting - Václav Talich, Ľudovít Rajter, opera conducting - Ladislav Holoubek, Tibor Frešo) 
1952 conductor of the University Artistic Ensemble   
1953 – 1977 and 1980 – 1989 artistic director and conductor of the orchestra of the artistic ensemble Lúčnica from 1974 conductor-in-chief of the Opera at the Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Banská Bystrica (today the State Opera) 
1989 conductor-in-chief of SĽUK  
from 1993 director of the Performers’ Protective Association in Slovakia (OZIS) 
1995 – 2006 conductor of the Youth Orchestra at the Ľudovít Rajter Primary Art School in Bratislava
 
He devoted a great deal of his creative energy to the artistic ensemble Lúčnica. Together with the choreographer Štefan Nosáľ and the choirmaster Štefan Klim he sought and formed the group’s profile. Presenting compositions by A. Moyzes, J. Cikker, T. Andrašovan, B. Urbanec, L. Burlas, Z. Mikula and especially S. Stračina, he gradually established Lúčnica’s fundamental repertoire. There he presented the premieres of more than 400 compositions by Slovak composers and many by Czech composers also. He played an important part in building the orchestra in the Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre Opera in Banská Bystrica. Apart from Lúčnica and the orchestra of what is now the State Opera in Banská Bystrica, he collaborated with further bodies also: the Moravian Teachers’ Choir (1952 – 1958), Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak National Theatre Opera, State Philharmonic Košice, Workers’ Philharmonic (today’s Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Zlín), South Bohemian Theatre Opera in České Budějovice, SĽUK, Folk Instruments Orchestra, Bratislave. etc. Also important is Šmíd’s long-term collaboration with the Film Symphony Orchestra in Prague, where from 1965 he recorded music for more than 70 films. For his last 11 years he conducted the Youth Orchestra at the Ľudovít Rajter Primary Art School in Bratislava. Apart from conducting, he was active in composing and arranging.  
 
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