Michal David

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Michal David
Michal David at a concert in Brno
Michal David at a concert in Brno
Background information
Birth nameVladimír Štancl
Born (1960-07-14) 14 July 1960 (age 60)
OriginPrague, Czechoslovakia
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, electronic keyboard
Years active1976–present
LabelsSony, Supraphon

Michal David (born Vladimír Štancl, 14 July 1960, Prague) is a Czech pop-singer, songwriter and producer.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] During this time Michal David was mainly focusing on composing and songwriting rather than performing.

His popularity was restored again in 1998 when he composed and sang "hymn" for the Czech national ice hockey team, which won the Nagano Winter Olympics that year.[4]

Then, in 2000, he contributed to the comeback of another famous Czech female singer Helena Vondráčková by writing her hit song "Dlouhá noc".[5]

Michal David at the Hostel film premiere, first from left.

In 2002 Michal David officially composed his own first "Musical Show" called "Kleopatra" which premiered in Prague theatre Broadway.[5] Since then, Michal has composed 4 other musicals, where he was not only a songwriter but the producer as well.

His song "Treti Galaxie" appeared in Eli Roth's movie "Hostel".

Michal David was a vocal coach on the TV reality talent show The Voice, starting in February 2011 on Czech and Slovak National TV.

Personal life[edit]

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 daughter Klára studied Art at Sarah Lawrence College in New York,[6] followed by postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.[7]

David has been associated with many charities and non-profits since the death of his second daughter Michaela who died of leukemia at the age of 11.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Michal David: Hlas? Zažívám momenty překvapení. Negativní i pozitivní". Denik (in Czech). 4 March 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Michal David svou colu ještě nedopil..." (in Czech). t-music.cz. Retrieved 1 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Šeflová, Saša (26 November 2008). "Hitmaker Michal David: Zachránili ho hokejisté". Blesk (in Czech). Retrieved 1 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "13. komnata Michala Davida" (in Czech). Czech Television. Retrieved 1 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Michal David: umělec, či mistr kýče?". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 23 October 2003. Retrieved 1 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Dcera Davida prchla do USA! Dítě nechala na krku rodičům!" (in Czech). TV Nova. Retrieved 1 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Šeflová, Saša. "Zhubla a vyloupla se z ní kráska: Dcera Michala Davida se vrátila domů z Ameriky, bude se starat o syna a hledá práci". Super.cz. Retrieved 7 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ David, Michal (2013). Největší z mých nálezů a ztrát. IKAR. pp. 53–57. ISBN 9788024921969.

External links[edit]