Radomil Eliška

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Radomil Eliška (6 April 1931, Podbořany – 1 September 2019, Prague)[1] was a Czech conductor.


Eliška received his musical education on conducting by Břetislav Bakala at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (from 1950 to 1955).[2] Afterwards, he conducted in the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra from 1960 to 1990 and worked as a conductor mainly in the domestic Czech Republic.

He taught young musicians at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 1978 and became a professor of the academy in 1996.

In Japan[edit]

Eliška visited Japan for the first time in 2004, he conducted Smetana's Má vlast, Dvořák's Cello Concerto and the Symphony No. 9 at a charity concert. This performance was recorded, and caused a sensation by the broadcast on radio. Takashi Yoshimatsu, a Japanese composer and radio host, spoke very highly of his Dvořák.[citation needed] Tadaaki Otaka, the Music Director of Sapporo Symphony Orchestra also recognized his talent, and asked him to guest-conduct the orchestra.[citation needed]

In 2006, Eliška conducted the Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with the orchestra in Sapporo. Because the performance also gained popularity, the orchestra officially invited him as the "Principal Guest Conductor".[citation needed] Though he was unknown in Japan, after he earned the good reputation, he became known rapidly and took an active part in guest-conducting with Japanese orchestras.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Zemřel český dirigent a pedagog Radomil Eliška (in Czech)
  2. ^ Černušák, Gracián; Štědroň, Bohumír; Nováček, Zdenko, eds. (1963). Československý hudební slovník I. A-L (in Czech). Prague: Státní hudební vydavatelství. p. 295.