prof. PhDr. Egon Krák, ArtD.

Egon Krák (1958), Slovak composer, arranger, editor, pedagogue, music theoretician, producer and manager. In 1982 he graduated music studies at Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava. In 1984 – 1991 he was editor of books and sheet music at OPUS Publishing House, later active as independent editor and producer in the field of original audio-visual arts programmes, music director (OPUS, Slovak Radio, Slovak Music Fund, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina etc.). He is the founder of early music edition Artis Musicae Monumenta Slovaca (AMMS) and the founder and artistic director of the Renaissance music ensemble Chorus Angelorum.

He took part on several international research projects in Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, he was a chairman of the Slovak Composers’ Union, a member of the board of the Melos-Ethos Festival of Contemporary Music in Bratislava, and a member of the Slovak Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Egon Krák was active in Higher education area as vice-dean at Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, dean of the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. Currently Egon Krák is the rector of the only one private artistic university of Slovakia Jan Albrecht Music and Art Academy in Banská Štiavnica.

One of the most important events in Slovak musical life was his ELF Symphony 2011, dedicated to the centenary of  Gustav Mahler’s death, commissioned by Slovak Philharmonic, conducted by Ernst Theis. In collaboration with Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina many his compositions were performed: Goldberg VariationsCorale e fuga con epilogo for strings, Jazzphony Concerto (2010), Kotowaza Symphony on Japanese proverbs (2011), PACORA Concerto (2012), oratorio Cirillo-Metodiada (2013) after Ján Hollý for reciter, mixed choir and orchestra (Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Štefan Bučko, conductor Leoš Svárovský) performed in  2013 in Nitra, Terchová, Banská Štiavnica, Strasbourg and Paris. In 2015, to commemorate of 200th anniversary of Ludovit Stur Egon Krák has composed the melodrama Pilgrims for 2 narrators, mixed choir and orchestra on Ludevít Štúr’s and his generation’s lyrics (Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, Slovak Philharmonic choir, Dušan Jamrich and Štefan Bučko, conductor Rastislav Štúr), performed in Banská Štiavnica, Bratislava, Žilina, Martin,Paris-UNESCO,Berlin. The last performance was vocal cycle Hushed Muses with Sophie Daneman as soloist ( UK) on Bratislava Music Festival 2018.