Educated in Czechoslovakia (Otakar Ševčík and Jaroslav Kocián), France (École Normale de Musique, Classe Jacques Thibaud) and England (Max Rostal), Jan Sedivka made his reputation overseas as a soloist, chamber music player and teacher before coming to Australia in 1961.
As a performer, Jan Sedivka gained special merit for his efforts on behalf of Australian contemporary music. In this capacity he introduced a number of important works dedicated to him, in particular concertos by Larry Sitsky (Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4), James Penberthy, Ian Cugley, Don Kay, Colin Brumby, Edward Cowie and Eric Gross.
His wife Beryl Sedivka is a noted pianist who often performed with him.
- An Assessment of: “Bach’s Chaconne for Unaccompanied Violin - a Study in Interpretation” by Graham Wood, ds., Hobart,1974
Honours and awards
- Member of the Order of Australia 1987
- Honorary Fellow, Trinity College of Music, London
- Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Tasmania
- Honorary Professor, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
- Memorial Gold Medal, Prague Academy of Musical Arts
- Honorary Fellowship in Music Australia
- Honorary Citizen, Royal City of Slany (Czech Republic)
- Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award 1995 (University of Melbourne)
- Honorary Professor University of Tasmania 1995
- Distinguished Service Award Australian Strings Association 1998.
- Philippe Borer, Aspects of European Influences on Violin Playing & Teaching in Australia, M.Mus. diss., 1988 (on Jan Sedivka's violin playing and teaching philosophies see Chapters III and IV) https://eprints.utas.edu.au/18865/
- Lyndal Edmiston, “The teacher as catalyst in the learning process”, in Festschrift Jan Sedivka, ed. by D. S. Mercer, Hobart, The Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, 1982
- Jan Mařàk–Viktor Nopp, Housle, Prague, Hudební matice Umělecké besedy, 1944, p. 61
- Elisabeth Morgan, “String Teaching: an extended perspective”, in Festschrift Jan Sedivka, ed. by D. S. Mercer, Hobart, The Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, 1982, pp. 100–109
- Elinor Morrisby, Up is down, a life of violinist Jan Sedivka, Melbourne, 2008
- Marina Louise Phillips, An assessment of the contribution to Australian string pedagogy and performance of Jan Sedivka, PhD diss., 2001
- UTAS Alumni News Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
- University of Tasmania: UTAS tribute for Jan Sedivka, musician and pedagogue 1917-2009
- Companion to Tasmanian History
- Mařàk – Nopp, Housle, p. 61
- "Lyrebird Press". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
- University of Tasmania Conservatory of Music
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