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Juraj FILAS

- born in 1955 in Slovakia, is author of more than 90 opuses including symphonical works, cantatas, concertos, Te Deum, Requiem, a TV-Opera, compositions for big brass-band and vast number of chamber music. His original education (graduated from Singing at Prague Conservatory and won several contests) marks his music expression with hightened sense of melody and strong emotive potential of his music. Filas´ themes are sentensiously formulated, the base of his musical feeling is strainsing, growing up from the great tradition of european music.

Filas composes mainly on specific demands of world-class players and ensembles, eg: Joseph Alessi - solotrombonist of New York Philharmony (2 sonatas and a Concerto), Otto Sautera - one of the best contemporary piccolotropetists (Concerto, Sonata and some other compositions), Jamese Gourlay - leading tuba-player (Concerto).

Filas was asked to write music for ensembles as "Spanish brass-Luur Metal" (brass quintet), Swiss "Slokar Quartett" (trombones) or "Zürcher -Oboenquartett". His TV-opera "Memento Mori" (written for Czechslovak TV) won "Jacobs-Suchard Prize" at International Music Competition Salzburg in 1989. His compositions took part in several music contests in Prague (Prague Spring), Riva dell'Garda, Narbon, Helsinki, Guebwiller, Bremen, Geneva etc.

His work was performed on prominent stages of Beethovenfest (Bonn, DE), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre (NY, USA), Prague Spring (Prague, CZ), ORF Wien (AT), Tonhalle Zürich (CH), Sankt Galen (CH), Lausanne (CH), Ženeva (CH), Paris (F), Hong-Kong (CN), Thai-wan (TW), Tokio (JAP), Mexiko (MX), Sankt Peterburg (RU), London (UK) etc. Third of his work was published by Swiss EDITIONS-BIM, Suraphon, Panton and is broadcasted by radios and TV-stations. In 2008 was J. Filas awarded by prestigious Gustav Mahler’s prize of European union of Arts for his compositions up to now.

Juraj Filas lives in Prague and beside composing he also lectures Composition in Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts.

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