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Martin Smolka

Martin Smolka was born in 1959 in Prague. At the beginning of the 1980s together with Miroslav Pudlák he founded the ensemble called Agon, which was instrumental in introducing the world’s avantgarde music in the 1980s and 90s in Czech concert halls, replacing the dominant pseudo-modernism, which enjoyed political backing.

Smolka, as a composer, was greatly influenced by the post-Webern style, minimalism, the American experimental music and the Polish school. Most of his compositions were premiered in the Czech Republic, but his compositions are also performed at the concerts and festivals of major European orchestras. For his opera titled Nagano, he was awarded the prestigious Alfréd Radok Award. Since 2003 he has taught at the Janáček Academy in Brno.