Oskar Nedbal


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(b Tábor, 26 March 1874; d Zagreb, 24 Dec. 1930). Czech composer, viola player, and conductor. He studied the violin in Tábor and later with Antonín Bennewitz at the Prague Conservatory, where he was also a pupil of Dvořák. As viola player of the Czech Quartet (1891–1906) he contributed to the improving standards of Czech chamber music performance. He conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1896–1906) and the Tonkünstlerorchester in Vienna (1907–18). After World War I he returned to Prague and in 1921 went to Bratislava as head of opera at the newly founded Slovak National Theatre. Until his death by suicide he was a major figure in the city's musical life, doing much to encourage the new generation of Slovak composers.


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