Krystof Maratka’s music ranges from chamber music to fullscale symphonic works with choir and they have been
performed all over the globe and received numerous prizes.
His most outstanding works invite us on journeys in time
and in space: Anthology of dreams – piano trio, Hypnozy
- a woodwind quintet, The four legged crow- a
melodrama, Chant g’hai for traditional Chinese suona and
orchestra, and even Otisk (Imprint) for large symphonic orchestra that explores
an audacious hypothesis regarding the nature of Palaeolithic music fifty thousand
years ago. This work was commissioned in 2004 by three American orchestras
(Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Luke Orchestra and Colorado Symphony
Orchestra) and played several times in Denver, New York and Toronto.
A well as composing, orchestral conducting is a major part of Maratka’s work; “It
is a necessity for me, it is one thing to write music and something else to bring it
to life on stage. The two go hand in hand, and as a composer, it is only during
the moments of creation as a performer that I feel whole.” Maratka has
performed with many renowned orchestra and groups including: the Prague
Philharmonia, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestra
Colonne Paris, the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague, the Irkoutsk
Philharmonic Orchestra, La Follia in Strasbourg, the Academy Orchestra of St.
Cézaire, Jyväskyla Orchestra (Finland), Nordenwest Philharmonie Herford in
Germany, Bydgoszcz Philharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Ensemble Calliopée
(Paris), Talich Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic).
Born in Prague, Maratka, studied piano and chamber music, and then style,
analysis and composition at the Prague Conservatoire with Bohuslav Rehor and
Petr Eben. With a grant from the French institutes in Prague he moved to Paris
and continued is studies with Jean-Claude Pennetier and then computer music at
the IRCAM. He has collaborated with many international orchestras and
ensembles such as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of
France, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio
France, the Camerata of Saint Petersburg, the Lodz Philharmonic, as well as with
the Evian Competition, the Présences Festival at Radio France, the Contemporary
Music Festival in Dresden, Korsholm Music Festival in Finland, the Rostal
Competition in Berlin, the Caramoor Festival in the USA.
Two CDs of Krystof Maratka’s works have been released. In June 2001 a disc of
his Chamber Music on the Lyrinx label which received a prize from the Académie
Charles Cros. In 2005, the second CD was released on Arion, which includes his
clarinet concerto Luminarium and his viola concerto Astrophonia.
Recent highlight have included: the premier of Zverohra a series of anthropoid
songs for soprano and orchestra, commissioned by Radio France and premiered
at the Prague Premiers Festival in April 2008 with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mélopa for harpsichord dedicated to Élisabeth Chojnacka 2009 and
Praharphona a concerto for harp and orchestra, commissioned and premiered
by the Kiel Symphony Orchestra (Germany) 2010.
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