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Ji?í B?lohlávek (Photo of Ji?í B?lohlávek)

Jiri Belohlavek

The leading personality among contemporary Czech conductors. He is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and Prague Academy of Arts, he enjoyed a close association with Sergiu Celibidache, with whom he studied for three years. In 1970, after winning the Czech National Conducting Competition, he became Assistant Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1971, he was a finalist in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition. During his collaboration with the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1972 till 1978, he undertook a number of major concert tours with the orchestra to Austria, Germany and the United States.

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