Miloslav Penicka (1935-2019) : Represented Artist
Miloslav Penicka was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) in 1935. In 1950 he moved to Prague, where he matriculated in 1953. Five years of study at the Prague Conservatorium of Music were rewarded with a high distinction diploma in composition in 1958. Two years of compulsory military service followed. Then he enrolled at the Charles University's Philosophical Faculty which included the Prague Academy of Music Arts, graduating in 1964, also with high distinction in composition, equivalent to BA Hons or MA.
In 1964 Penicka married the Australian violinist Janet Harvey, and followed her to Australia. He taught piano, and worked in the ABC's music library and as NSW music librarian to the SSO, positions which have all informed his composition style. In 1977 he took up a position at Abbotsleigh Secondary School in Sydney.
He received Czech Government Scholarships for 1953-58 and 1960-64 and commissions, in Czechoslovakia and Australia, from organisations and ensembles such as the Pilsen Radio Orchestra (1962), Vycpaleks' Ensemble of Dances and Song, Sydney Grammar School (1980), and the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra (1994) and Nova Youth Orchestra.
|Movement 1 : for alto saxophone with multiphonics and piano (1998)||Commissioned by Franziska Schroeder.|
|Once upon a time : full orchestra : youth orchestra (1995)||Commissioned by Anne Phelan for Public School Symphony Orchestra (N.S.W.)|