Ivan Kurz

From Unearthing The Music

Ivan Kurz. Photo from the composer's archive, sourced from the website

Ivan Kurz is a Czech composer and pedagogue, born in November 29th, 1947 in Prague.


One of the most notable representatives of the middle Czech generation of composers and professor of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague Ivan Kurz (1947) is the author of many chamber and vocal compositions as well as electro-acoustic pieces, copiously devoted himself to film, television and scenic music.

After graduating from the Na Zatlance Grammar School, he studied composition at the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in the class of prof. Emil Hlobil, graduating in 1971. In the years 1971–1975 he worked for Czechoslovak Television as an external dramaturg in the editorial office of music broadcasting. At the same time, he continued his postgraduate studies, completing his internal art postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts with prof. Václav Dobiáš (1976).

The list of his works is predominated by vocal-symphonic pieces and orchestral scores, and the ideal of postmodernism, displayed in the synthesis of compositional means. His Symphonic picture – Living spirit, finished in 2005, is so far the last in a loose series of symphonic pictures, which Kurz wrote between 1977 and 2005 (Inclined plane, Emergence, Parable, The Gospel’s folly, I come to thee, Garden of life and Lively spirit).

In 1970 he was a part of the Sound Studio at the Music Academy in Prague, where he was the author of one of its first compositions, "Etudes". Since 1977 he has been working as a teacher at the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts.



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