Karel Husa (born August 7, 1921 in Prague) is a Czech-born classical composer. He learned to play the violin and the piano in early childhood and, after passing his final examination at high school, he enrolled in the Prague Conservatoire in 1939 where he studied in a class of Jaroslav Ridky, a Czech composer with traditional leanings, and attended courses in conducting led by Metod Dolezil and Pavel Dedecek. After the end of the Second World War Husa was admitted to the graduate school of the Prague Conservatoire, where he attended courses led by Jaroslav Ridky and graduated in 1947. At the same time, he decided to continue his studies of composition and conducting in Paris. In 1947 he studied with Arthur Honegger and Nadia Boulanger. He studied conducting with Jean Fournet, Eugene Bigot and Andre Cluytens. After finishing his courses in conducting at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and at Conservatoire de Musique de Paris he embarked on a career during which he has conducted the world’s leading orchestras and participated in many major projects. He divided his time between composing and conducting, taking an ever more active part in Parisian and international musical life. His First Quartet marked a big step on the composer’s path to the realm of international music: the Quartet received the 1950 Lili Boulanger Prize and the 1951 award at the music festival in Bilthoven in the Netherlands. It has since also been performed on many other occasions, eg.
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