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Břetislav Bakala - conductor of Janáček´s works

3. 5. - 16. 6. 2013 


The exhibition has been prepared on the occasion of the 55th death anniversary of Břetislav Bakala.

Life and work of the conductor Břetislav Bakala (1897-1958) whose activities are closely connected with Brno.





Břetislav Bakala studied at the organ school of Leoš Janáček  and subsequently at the master school of Brno conservatory. Since 1920 he was conductor of the orchestra of the Brno National Theatre, since 1926 conductor of the radio orchestra (chief conductor since 1937). He was the founder of the Symphonic Orchestra Brno and the long year choirmaster of Vach Moravian Teachers' Female Chorus that then belonged to the best European choruses. In 1956 Břetislav Bakala was appointed chief conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno. He was instrumental in staging compositions of his close friends Leoš Janáček and Vítězslav Novák. For his conducting mastery he was decorated with the City of Brno Liberation Award (1948) and honoured with the title Meritorious Artist (1954).

The exhibition shows rare documents and photographs both from the collections of the Department of the history of music / Moravian Museum and from private collections. Unique private diaries and notes from art trips Bakala´s will be presented to the public for the very first time. 


The project has been implemented with the support of the City of Brno.