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date: 20 August 2019

Šulek, Stjepanlocked

  • Eva Sedak

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(b Zagreb, Aug 5, 1914; d Zagreb, Jan 16, 1986). Croatian composer, conductor and violinist. He completed his violin studies with Vaclav Huml at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where he periodically also attended Bersa's composition class. He was appointed professor of violin there in 1945 and professor of composition in 1947. Until his retirement in 1975, his composition class produced most of the important contemporary Croatian composers, from Kelemen, Horvat and Detoni to Davorin Kempf. Šulek was also active as a chamber musician, playing in the Zagreb Quartet (1938), and in a trio with the pianist Ivo Maček and the cellist Antonio Janigro. From 1958 to 1962 he was the conductor of the Zagreb Radio Chamber Orchestra, which grew under his direction into an ensemble of international standing. In 1954 he was elected to membership of the Zagreb Academy of Arts and Sciences; he later became the general secretary of its music department....

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