L'UBICA CEKOVSKÁ, Composer
Her TMF Commission was premiered in Jerusalem and Prague by virtuoso pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
"Three years ago I received a call from Mark Ludwig with news that the Terezin Music Foundation and Prague Spring Festival would like to commission me to compose a piece for the great pianist Garrick Ohlsson. I am deeply honored to compose a piece for such a great artist, and I am also profoundly moved by the mission of TMF and proud to receive a commission from such a unique organization.
2013 Ľubica Čekovská was born in 1975 in Slovakia. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts and with Prof. Dušan Martinček, Prof. Paul Patterson, Robert Saxton, Thomas Adès, Arvo Pärt, and Harrison Birtwistle. She received the Cuthbert Nunn Composition Prize of the Royal Academy of Music (1998), Lewerhulme Award (1999), Elsie Owen Prize (1999) from the Royal Academy of Music, ISH Foundation Scholarship from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth (1998–2000) and Ján Levoslav Bella Prize for her Piano Concerto (2004, Slovak Music Fund).
For her "Four Movements for Piano," to be performed at our gala concert, Ms. Cekovská was recently awarded the Tatra Bank Foundation Award. She has also won the SOZA Award 2011-2012 for International Performance of Slovak works.
Ms. Cekovská has also composed music for theater and film, and her compositions are released on the CD “Passing Impressions” (Hevhetia). In 2008, she became a member of Art Council of the Prague Spring Festival. She is represented by the prestigious Baerenreiter Publishing Group.
Her works have been performed at important contemporary music festivals. In 2009 her composition "Turbulence" was chosen to be performed at ISCM World New Music Days festival in Sweden. In the same year she was commissioned by Slovak National Theater to compose her first full/length operatic work, "Dorian Gray," which successfully premiered in Bratislava 2013; the world premiere was part of the ISCM World Music Days in Slovakia. In the 2010/2011 season she was a resident composer at the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera.
Ms. Cekovská is currently working on a a comic opera for Bregenz Festival, to premiere in summer 2019.
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