Michal David at a concert in Brno
|Birth name||Vladimír Štancl|
|Born||14 July 1960|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, producer, activist, celebrity|
|Instruments||vocals, piano, electronic keyboard|
|Website||http://michaldavid.cz/ (in Czech)|
Biography and career
He started his music career during his studies in Prague Conservatory in the 1970s where he created a jazz band with his friends, as jazz has been Michal's main passion and an academic concentration.
However, after a short period of time, he was hired by a successful pop-music producer František Janeček as a piano player and singer. He joined Janeček's pop-music band and soon became a teenage girls' idol.
After the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution in 1989, Michal David as well many other Czechoslovak popular singers fell on hard times, since the political situation changed rapidly and the market started to open to other foreign artists and domestic artists lost their popularity for a while. He was also called a pro-regime singer by some critics. During this time Michal David was mainly focusing on composing and songwriting rather than performing.
In 2002 Michal David officially composed his own first "Musical Show" called "Kleopatra" which premiered in Prague theatre Broadway. Since then, Michal has composed 4 other musicals, where he was not only a songwriter but the producer as well.
Michal David was a vocal coach on the TV reality talent show The Voice, starting in February 2011 on Czech and Slovak National TV.
Michal David is currently living in Prague, Czech Republic with his wife Marcela (Marcela Skuherská), a former successful professional tennis player from the 1980s. (She won the "Fed Cup" in 1983 and 1984 with her team members Helena Suková, Hana Mandlíková and Iva Budařová, and participated in competitions such as US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon). Michal's only daughter, Klára, is currently living in New York, where she studies Art at Sarah Lawrence College.
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- "Dcera Davida prchla do USA! Dítě nechala na krku rodičům!" (in Czech). TV Nova. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- David, Michal (2013). Největší z mých nálezů a ztrát. IKAR. pp. 53–57. ISBN 9788024921969.
- Official website (in Czech)