šulek, Stjepan, prominent Croatian violinist, conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Zagreb, Aug. 5, 1914; d. there, Jan. 16, 1986. He studied violin with Huml at the Zagreb Academy of Music; was largely self-taught in composition, although he succeeded in becoming a composer of considerable merit. He was active as a violinist; became best known as a conductor; conducted the Zagreb Radio Chamber Orch. on many tours of Europe; was prof, of composition at the Zagreb Academy of Music (from 1945). His compositions reveal a strong individual profile.
dramatic: Opera: Koriolan, after Shakespeare (Zagreb, Oct. 12, 1958); Oluja (The Tempest), after Shakespeare (Zagreb, Nov. 28, 1969). ORCH.: 6 syms. (1944, 1946, 1948, 1954, 1963, 1966); Scientiae et arti, festive prologue (1966); 4 piano concertos (1949, 1951, 1963, 1970); Cello Concerto (1950); Violin Concerto (1951); Bassoon Concerto (1958); Viola Concerto (1959); Clarinet Concerto (1967); Horn Concerto (1972); Organ Concerto (1974). OTHER: Zadnji Adam (The Last Adam), cantata (1964); songs; piano pieces.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire