Jan Sedivka

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Jan Boleslav Sedivka AM (8 September 1917 – 23 August 2009)[1][2][3] was widely recognised as one of Australia's leading violinists and teachers.[4]

Educated in the Czech Republic (Otakar Ševčík, Prague Conservatoire, J. Kocian), France (École Normale de Musique, Classe Jacques Thibaud) and England (Max Rostal), he made his reputation overseas as a soloist, chamber music player and teacher before coming to Australia in 1961.[5][6]

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 Beryk Sedivka is a noted pianist who often performed with him.

Honours and awards[edit]

For his services to music Dr. Sedivka received many honours including:

  • Member of the Order of Australia 1987[7]
  • Honorary Fellow, Trinity College of Music, London
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Tasmania[6]
  • 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[6]
  • Distinguished Service Award Australian Strings Association 1998.


  1. ^ UTAS Alumni News
  2. ^ University of Tasmania: UTAS tribute for Jan Sedivka, musician and pedagogue 1917-2009
  3. ^ Report of his death from the Australian Music Centre
  4. ^ Companion to Tasmanian History
  5. ^ Lyrebird Press
  6. ^ a b c University of Tasmania Conservatory of Music
  7. ^ It's an Honour: AM