Jan Jirásek – Music
Jirásek studied with professor Miroslav Raichl at JAMU (Janáček's Academy of Music Arts) in Brno. He graduated from JAMU where he majored in composition. At the same time he also studied electro-acoustics, computer and electronic music and music theory. He worked as an editor and production manager of Czech Radio and production manager of the Audiostudio of Czech Radio Prague. His compositions have appeared at prominent festivals of contemporary works such as: "Synthese 90" in Bourges, "Elektronmusik Festival" in Stockholm, "Ler Colloque International des Jeunes Compositeurs de Musique Electro-accoustique" for UNESCO in Paris 1991, "Ars Electronica; Prague Spring Festival," "Schleswig-Holstein Festival," "Czechoslovak Night" in Munich 1990, "Munich Biennial".
Jirásek writes music for well-known institutions and performers. The characteristic features of his compositions are short and distinct motifs, rich in feeling and sound 'color.'
He won his first award, the Czech Music Fund Foundation Prize, for the composition "Labyrinth" (Labyrint) in 1989. Jirásek has written music for many theatre performances including: "The Tower of Babel" (Babylonská věž) which premiered in Charlesville, France 1993, the 1994 Adelaide, Australia production "Don Quijote" and "Coca-Kaba" in 1994 in Vancouver, Canada. He recorded the CD "Renaissance of Humanity" (Renesance lidskosti), which was pronounced 'CD of the Month' by BMG Classic in Germany, "The Bread and Circuses" and Lucie Bílá" at Prague Spring Festival, and "St. Luke Passion." He has given lessons at prestigious universities and at International Music Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest, organized by The University of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna.
Jirásek has composed music for films like "An Ambiguous Report about the End of the World" (Nejasná zpráva o konci světa), awarded the Best Music Czech Lion in 1998, "The Melancholic Chicken" (Kure melancholik), nominated for the Best Music Czech Lion in 2000 and "Wild Flowers" (Kytice), awarded the Best Music Czech Lion 2001.