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.
- Stepan Rak’s "Tracy" (1994): A Transcription and Commentary Thesis by Reza Khota (2006)
- Maurice Summerfield: The Classical Guitar. Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1800, 5th edition (Blaydon-on-Tyne: Ashley Mark Publishing Co., 2002), p. 240.
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