Zbyněk Müller

 - Chief Conductor of The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice
 - conductor of The National Theatre Opera, Prague.

 He studied the oboe and conducting at the Prague Conservatoire (F.X.Thuri, M.Klemens) and at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (J.Mihule, J.Bělohlávek). While still a student he achieved significant success in this field – in addition to five first prizes in national competitions he also received the second prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 1996 and was awarded the Josef Hlávka Prize in the same year. He was the principal oboist at the National Theater Opera in Prague and for ten years the solo oboist of PKF - Prague Philharmonia.

After studies he became a regular guest of PKF-Prague Philharmonia where he conducted more than 50 concerts over ten years, including performances at prominent music festivals and prestigious events (Prague Spring Festival,  etc.), and performed as the soloist and conductor equally several times. He regularly cooperates with  the majority of Czech symphony orchestras.

 

Cooperation with The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice culminated in his being appointed the chief conductor since the 2008/2009 season. In Košice he performed many significant pieces of the symphonic repertoire including large vocal-instrumental compositions (Verdi - Requiem, Dvorak - Stabat Mater, Requiem, Rossini - Stabat Mater, Petite Messe Solennelle etc.). The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice he lead also on Germany concert tours (2013 and 2016, next planned for 2018), China tours (2015 and 2017). He conducted also orchestras in Hungary, Japan, Poland, Germany and Italy. 

From 2001 to 2002, he worked as an assistant to Vladimir Ashkenazy, chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where he also cooperated with a number of other significant conductors such as L.Segerstam, C.P.Flor, Z.Mácal and M.Honeck. He has recorded for Czech Radio and Czech Television.

Since 2004 Zbyněk Müller has been engaged in The National Theatre Prague where he has conducted Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro (W.A.Mozart), Fate, Cunning Litlte vixen (L.Janáček) Adriana Lecouvreur F.Cilea), Aida, La traviata (G.Verdi), Greek Passions (B.Martinů), Carmen (G.Bizet) , Samson et  Dalila (C.Saint-Saëns), Rusalka, Jakobín (A.Dvořák) Les Contes d´Hoffmann (J.Offenbach), Iolanta (P.I.Tchaikovsky) , Le Rossignol (I.Stravinsky), Lohengrin (R.Wagner), Smetana´s operas The Secret and The Kiss (with live recordings for Czech Television), and the world premiere of the opera La Conquista (L.Ferrero).

 A special recognition came after his performance of Britten´s Gloriana (in Czech premiere), a recent remarkable success had also his musical preparation and performances of Carl  Orff´s operas Die Kluge and Der Mond. With Prague National Theater he lead performances also in Düsseldorf (Don Giovanni), in Wiesbaden (Adriana Lecouvreur), in South Korea and at the prestigious International Festival in Ravenna, Italy (Don Giovanni), in Miskolc (Don Giovanni), and in Pafos Aphrodite Opera Festival, Cyprus (Les Contes d´Hoffmann), with the ansamble of The State Opera Prague he lead the Japan tour with Mozart´s  Zauberflöte . For the National Moravian – Silesian Theatre Ostrava he prepared and conducted Giordano´s Fedora and Andrea Chénier, in The State Theatre Košice he conducted Smetana´s Bartered Bride.

Zbyněk Müller also appeared in Theater am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg with Don Giovanni and in Teatro Real Madrid (Janáček´s Fate).

Conducted Orchestras:


Czech Philharmonic

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Prague National Theatre Orchestra

Prague Philharmonia, Prague Chamber Orchestra

Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

The Slovak State Philharmonic Košice

Talich Chamber Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava

The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

North Czech Philharmonic Teplice

West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázně (MarienBad)

Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia

Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra

Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín

The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra

Cappella Istropolitana,

Kladno Symphony Orchestra

Tohogakuen Orchestra Tokyo (Japan)

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Gdansk (Poland)

Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz

Filarmonica Marchigiana

North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc (Hungary)

Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg

Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Russia)