- Anna Šerých
(b České Budějovice, Dec 31, 1954). Czech composer. She was a piano and composition pupil at the conservatory in Bratislava, before studying at the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts in Brno (1974–9), with Ctirad Kohoutek, and at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague. Further work with Donatoni at the composition course at Siena (1981) ensued. From 1987 she regularly attended Ton de Leeuw’s courses in Amsterdam. She has taught at the academy in Brno and at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati (composer-in-residence, 1994–6). She belongs to the group Quattro, founded in 1996, which consists of four composers of different generations but who share the view of art being an ‘ecology of the soul’. Her work, the structural simplicity of which tends towards a lyrical sonority, has been played on all continents; Homage to Columbus for guitar has even been performed in the Antarctic. She receives frequent commissions and has won several prizes (e.g. Mannheim, Czech Radio Prague). (ČSHS)...