Jllek, Frantisele, Czech conductor; b. Brünn, May 22, 1913; d. there (Brno), Sept. 16, 1993. He took courses with Balatka, Chalabala, and Kvapil at the Brno Cons, and with Novak at the Prague Cons., and then was répétiteur and conductor at the Brno Opera (1936–39). After serving as asst. conductor at the Ostrava Opera (1939–48), he returned to Brno as conductor (1948–52) and chief conductor (1952–78) at the Opera. He also taught at the Janâcek Academy of Music there, and was chief conductor of the Brno State Phil. (1978–83). He acquired a fine reputation through his championship of the music of his homeland, most notably of works by Smetana and Janâcek.
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