Tomáš Svoboda (composer)
|Birth name||Tomáš Svoboda|
|Born||December 6, 1939
|Labels||North Pacific Music, Albany, Artisie 4, Centaur, Innova, Crystal, First Edition|
|Website||Official website of Tomáš Svoboda|
Tomáš Svoboda (born December 6, 1939) is a Czech-American contemporary classical composer and pianist, whose debut took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia on September 7, 1957, with the world premiere of his Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) with the FOK Prague Symphony conducted by Václav Smetáček. Svoboda's catalog contains over 200 compositions, including 6 symphonies, 5 concerti. His music is performed worldwide and recordings of more than 50 works have now been released. Svoboda's Piano Trios CD recording received a 2001 "Critics Choice Award" from the American Record Guide and his Marimba Concerto received recognition in a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the Oregon Symphony.
Svoboda was born in Paris, France. A Professor Emeritus from Portland State University, Mr. Svoboda composed his first music at age nine. He was a professor at PSU for 27 years. There have been over 1,200 performances of his music.
- Children's Treasure Box, Vols. 1-4, for Piano, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 026), Recording by Tomas Svoboda.
- Chamber Works, Vol. 1, With Clarinet, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 016), Recording by members of Oregon Festival of American Music & Tomas Svoboda.
- Four Visions, Music for 1, 2 & 3 Pianos, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 013), Recording by Daniel Wiesner, David Svec & Tomas Svoboda.
- Nine Etudes in Fugue Style, Vols. 1 & 2, for Piano, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 015), Recording by Tomas Svoboda.
- Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda, Albany Records: Troy 604, Recording by the Oregon Symphony.
- Piano Concertos, Artisie 4 Recordings, (1006), Recording by the Dayton Philharmonic.
- Piano Trios, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 008), Recording by Lubomír Havlák, Jitka Vasankova & Tomáš Svoboda.
- Piano Works, Vol. 1, for Piano, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 006), Recording by Tomáš Svoboda.
- String Quartets, Vols.1 and 2, North Pacific Music (NPM LD 022), Recording by the Martinů Quartet.
- Tomas Svoboda Official Website
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Art Beat episode of Thursday April 6, 2006 featured Mr. Svoboda and his wife, Jana.