Štěpán Rak

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Štěpán Rak in 2019.
Štěpán Rak in 2009.

Štěpán Rak (born 8 August 1945) is a Rusyn, Ukraine-born Czech classical guitarist and composer. He is well known for the technical innovations that he uses in his compositions.


Rak first studied at a Fine Arts School in Prague and continued with guitar studies at the Prague Conservatory, 1965–70. During 1975 he also studied composition at the Prague Academy of Arts. In 1973, his orchestral composition Hiroshima won a second prize at a Czechoslovakian competition for young composers. From 1975 to 1980 he taught guitar at the Jyväskylä Conservatory in Finland.[1]


His son Jan-Matěj Rak is a folk musician.[2]



  1. ^ Maurice Summerfield: The Classical Guitar. Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1800, 5th edition (Blaydon-on-Tyne: Ashley Mark Publishing Co., 2002), p. 240.
  2. ^ http://janmatejrak.cz

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