- John Tyrrell
(b Křečovice, Jan 4, 1874; d Benešov, nr Prague, May 29, 1935). Czech composer and violinist.
He learnt the piano, the violin and the organ from his father, Josef Suk (1827–1913), schoolmaster and choirmaster in the Bohemian village of Křečovice. In 1885 he entered the Prague Conservatory, where he studied the violin with Bennewitz, theory with Foerster, Knittl and Stecker, and from 1888 chamber music with Wihan. He began composing seriously in his third year at the conservatory and in 1891 graduated with his Piano Quartet op.1. He remained an extra year at the conservatory for special tuition in chamber music with Wihan and composition with Dvořák, who had joined the teaching staff in January 1891. Under Wihan, Suk played second violin in the group which in 1892 became known as the Czech Quartet; its first concert in Vienna (1893) won the approval of Brahms and Hanslick and inaugurated a distinguished international career during which it gave more than 4000 concerts until Suk’s retirement in ...