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Autographed 6.5” x 10” presentation style photograph of the Czech conductor posed on the Vltava River with violinist Vaclav Hudacek, March 31, 1976.

Smetacek (1906-1986) was trained as an oboist at Charles University.  He helped found the Prague Wind Quartet in 1928.  From 1930-1933 he performed as an oboist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.  From 1933 to 1943 he was a radio conductor in Prague. He made his orchestra debut with the Prague Symphony in 1936.   In 1942 he was appointed the first Music Director of the Prague Symphony, the official orchestra of the City.  The orchestra dates to 1934 but did not have a Music Director previously.  It is also referred to as the FOK Orchestra (Film Opera Konzert)  Smetacek held the position with the Prague Symphony for thirty years, until 1972.  Smetacek also performed internationally, his first performance outside of Czechoslovakia was in 1938 when he conducted the London Philharmonic.  He toured multiple cities in Poland, Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice and Lodz in 1948.  He took the Prague Symphony on tour of   Austria, Italy in 1957.  In 1959-1960 he was made Music Director of the Konzerthaus Orchestra in East Berlin.  In 1960 he conducted the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the same year went to Iceland with the National Theatre.  He returned to Tokyo in 1961.  In 1965 he conducted in New Zealand and was invited back to conduct in 1972.  In 1965 he also was in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon for performances of Ma Vlast and then at La Scala in Milan for the first performances of Jancek’s “From the House of the Dead” in Italy.  1966, 1967 and 1968 he was at the Teatro Colon for performances of opera.   In 1973 he was back in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic and in 1974 while conducting the Mahler 10th in Florence at the Maggio Musicale he suffered a heart attack mid performance. He recovered and conducted until 1985, a year before his death. 

Smetacek conducted standard repertory, but was a great champion of modern composers.

VÁCLAV SMETÁCEK - CONDUCTOR

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