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Ladislav Kyselák

Ladislav Kyselák was born 27th July 1956 in Brno in a musical family. At the conservatory in Brno he first studied the violin but two years later he changed for the viola class of Professor Alois Moráň. Under his guidance he finished his studies in the year 1976 and in the same year he became a student of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague in the class of Professor Josef Koďousek. At the end of his studies he gave a viola recital in the Dvořák Hall of the House of Artists.

From the many competitions that Ladislav Kyselák took part in, let us remember the honorary mention from the year 1975 at the competition of the Czech Ministry of Culture, in 1979 victory and the title of laureate in the same competition. He brought another honorary mention from the Isle of Man in Great Britain (1980) and the title of laureate from Portsmouth (1985).

Besides his solo activities, he was a sought-after chamber music player. He regularly recorded at the Czech radio, and is well known from television music programmes. He also made a number of recordings for Czech and foreign music publishers. He toured many European countries, as well as the USA and Japan.

Ladislav Kyselák was a teacher for four years at the conservatory in Pardubice; in the years 1986-1989 he played the first viola in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. From mid-1989 till 2008 he was a member of the renowned Janáček quartet. At the same time he taught at the Janáček Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Brno.

His repertoire was broad; it included solo compositions, chamber and orchestra compositions, ranging from the Baroque style to the modern ones. Ladislav Kyselák was possessed of natural musicality with a culture of technique and tone which made him an interpreter much sought-for.