Kocián, Jaroslav, noted Czech violinist and pedagogue; b. ùst nad Orlici, Feb. 22, 1883; d. Prague, March 9, 1950. He studied violin with Sevcik at the Prague Cons. (1896–1901), and also took lessons in composition with Dvořâk. After his graduation, he traveled widely as a concert violinist, almost rivaling the success of his famous compatriot Jan Kubelik. He made 4 American tours; also appeared in Asia and Africa. He also served as a prof, at the Odessa Cons. (1907–09). In 1928 he abandoned his concert career. He was a prof, at the Master School of the Prague Cons. (1924–43), and also its rector (1939–40). He composed several effective violin pieces, as well as choruses and songs.
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