Václav Riedlbauch (1. 4. 1947 – 3. 11. 2017)

After graduating from the Prague Conservatoire (1968) and studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Václav Dobiáš (1973), he studied at the Prague Conservatory, then at the Department of the Music and Dance Faculty of AMU, which he led in 1990-2004.

He is the author of a number of chamber and orchestral compositions, and his feature-length ballet Macbeth played in the New Stage of the National Theater since 1984 for six seasons. Václav Riedlbauch received a number of awards in composer competitions and in 2000 the European Union awarded him the European Gustav Mahler Award for outstanding music results.

In addition to his creative and pedagogical activities, Václav Riedlbauch has dealt with music and theater management, cultural policy in the field of creative culture, international cultural cooperation and cultural diplomacy. He has worked for many years in a number of positions, including as the artistic director of the National Theater Opera, Program Director of the Palace of Culture, Chief Producer of Panton Publishing House and Director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (2001-2009). He was the initiator of the show of contemporary European works, Prague premiere, Czech and European composers.

Václav Riedlbauch was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, the Supervisory Board of the Ethnological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Standing Competition Commission of the Prague Spring and the President of the Academic Senate of the University of Economics. He worked in the expert team for the concept of the National Theater, the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Prague Spring Festival, the Board of Directors of the Leoš Janáček Foundation, and he presided over the Brno Festival Committee and in 2009-2010 he served as the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic in the Fischer Government.

Václav Riedlbauch devoted much of his energy to the popularization of science, history and culture in all of his speeches at the University of Economics in Prague as the initiator of Arts Management teaching.

Honor his memory!