Medek, Ivo, Czech composer; b. Brno, July 20, 1956. He received training in computers and structural mechanics at the Technical Univ. in Brno, and in composition from Alois Pinos at the Janácek Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Brno (M.A., 1989; Ph.D., 1997), where he was an asst. prof, from 1990. His output includes dramatic, orch., chamber, vocal, electroacous-tic, and multimedia scores. With Piňos and Milosátedron, he wrote the collaborative operas Věc Cage aneb Anály avantgardy dokofan (The Cage Affair, or the Avant-Garde Chronicles Flung Open; Brno, Oct. 6, 1995) and Anály pfedchûdcû avant gar dy aneb Setkání slovansksych velikanû (Annals of the Predecessors of the Avant-Garde, or the Meeting of the Slavonic Giants; Brno, Oct. 1997). Among his other works are Pangea for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1991), Svëty bez hranic I. (Worlds Without Borders I.), audiovisual piece (1993), Adam a Eva, oratorio (1994), Fests for 3 Percussionists and Piano (1994), Variace na Stesti (Variations on Happiness) for Electro-phonic Violin, Percussion, and Tape (1994), and Perse-phonia for Percussionist and String Orch. (1995).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire