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Radek Rejsek was born on July 6, 1959 in Prague. He studied composition at the Prague Conservatory with professors Jindrich Feld and Oldrich Semerak, and the trumpet with professors Vaclav Junek and Josef Svejkovsky. He continued studies of composition at the Academy of Arts in Prague with professor Jiri Dvoracek and at the Janacek Academy of Arts in Brno with professor Zdenek Zouhar. He graduated from the Janacek Academy of Arts in 1990. His main hobby is the history of organs and organ building as well as campanology. He has made his hobby a profession at Czech Radio where he has been working since 1988 as a director of music programmes and since 1992 also as a music editor of Czech Radio channel 3 - Vltava. He is in charge of the projects "Historic Organs" and "Bells" as well as contemporary and electroacoustic music programmes. Since 1995, he has been teaching music theory at the Prague conservatory. In 1997, he became the deputy chairman of the Society for Electroacoustic Music. Between 1987 and 1993, he composed scenic music for 8 plays for the Municipal Theatre in the town of Most. From 1980 to 1995, he was the choirmaster of the Foerster Choir in the town of Benatky nad Jizerou and between 1991 and 1997 he led the girl's choir Collegium cantatium. He was one of the initiators of the restoration of the Prague Loreta carillon. He has been a carilloneur at Loreta since 1989 and a titular carilloneur since 1994. In 1997, he attended a meeting of European carilloneurs in Barcelona where he was accepted to the international organisation Eurocarillon. He has regularly attended events organised by Eurocarillon since 1995. His membership of this organisation is used to promote the unusual art of carillon play among general public in the Czech Republic.

Radek Rejsek represented the Czech Republic at the following Eurocarillon events:

1995 Annecy, 1996 Lyon, 1997 Barcelona, 1998 Berlin, 1999 Amsterdam, 2000 Birmingham

Czech Radio Journalist

Radek Rejsek has been producing the series "Historical Organs of Bohemia and Moravia" since 1998. The project so far includes music documentation of 120 organs of historical and artistic value dating from the 17th to 20th century. He has recorded more than 700 compositions by Czech and European composers from the renaissance period to the present as rendered by 31 leading Czech and foreign organists. Not only because of this project was he appointed as a member of the Czech Ministry of Culture Commission for Restoration of Music Instruments where he also represents campanology. In 1990, he participated in Czech Radio's project "Bells". Up to date, the project has documented the sound of more than 600 hundred bells in Bohemia and Moravia and all the samples have been saved in Czech Radio's sound archive. Beyond this, he participates in the production of contemporary and electroacoustic music shows.

Producer of Music Programmes

Besides the projects "Historical Organs of Bohemia and Moravia" and "Bells", Radek Rejsek has been responsible for producing the project "Liturgical Year in Gregorian Chant". His cooperation with Schola Gregoriana Pragensis in this project evolved into a permanent one outside Czech Radio - he produced almost all of their recordings for Supraphon. Besides that, recording companies often engage him for production of organ as well as chamber music and other genres. He participated in the production of 87 CDs (excluding so-called demos and other occasional recordings). He also collaborates with MMC on a permanent basis.

Radek Rejsek Composer

As a composer, Radek Rejsek sticks to principles derived directly from traditional and well-tested values. Although he is open to experiment, he tries to apply these principles even in genres where they are rather unexpected, such as in electroacoustic music. Currently, he prefers traditional forms with accentuated tonality and harmonies generally recognised as "consonant", but he approaches them using constructivist methods.

Selected works:

By an Old Organ (5 compositions for a baroque organ) - 1997, reworked 1986
The Poetry of the Seventh Tone (a string quartet) - 1989
Ofelie (electroacoustic composition with
M. Prochazkova's verses) - 1990
Ludus Spatii for Two Organs - 1990
Three Paintings by Jan Zrzavy (a symphonic triptych) - 1991
Carmen Campanarum (electroacoustic composition with the sound of bells) - 1991 (2nd prize in the Musica Nova international music competition in 1992)
Silent Music of Praise for Large Organ - 1991
Dental Mini-rhapsody (electroacoustic musical joke) - 1994
Passio (St. John's Passion for a solo baritone, schola
and organ) - 1995
Ave Maria for Soprano and Mixed Choir - 1996
Musica per Organum (an organ cycle) - 1996-97
Pater Noster for Mixed Choir and Organ - 1998
Of a Blue Rose Upon Which a Rainbow Butterfly Has Finally Descended (a romance for a viola orchestra) - 1998
Missa Brevis for a Mixed Choir, instrumental ensemble
and organ - 1999
Salve Regina for 2 Scholas and Organ - 1999
Statuae Kuksensis per Boni Pueri et Organum - 2000
The Tombstone (a lyrical musical picture inspired by Ivo Plicka's poetry) - 2001


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