Theodore Kuchar

Biography

Born: 1960  
Theodore Kuchar is an American conductor who compiled an extensive recording catalog before the age of forty.
Kuchar studied as a violinist, then took viola. He graduated from the Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Music and began his career as principal violist of orchestras in Cleveland and in Helsinki, Finland.
He appeared widely as a viola soloist in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the USSR and festivals such as
Read more Finland's Kuhmo Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Blossom Music Festival, and Tanglewood.
At the age of twenty, he received a Paul Fromm Fellowship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to enable him to study at Tanglewood, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, André Previn, Colin Davis, and Seiji Ozawa. He was an assistant to Lorin Maazel with the Cleveland Orchestra, and guest conducted in Brisbane, Cape Town, Perth, Prague, Tallinn, and Helsinki. His first appearances in Australia (1987) were followed by his being appointed Music Director of both the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in Brisbane and the West Australian Ballet in Perth.
In 1990, he became Music Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and accepted the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra in 1992. When the orchestra changed its name to National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in 1994, it also named him Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.
Economic dislocations and supply problems following the end of the Soviet Union and Ukraine's establishment as an independent state had severely affected the musicians of the orchestra; some woodwind players had not been able to find a source for good quality reeds for some time. Kuchar made it a point to shop for such supplies while on the way to Ukraine from his other positions, which are primarily in Colorado, U.S. There he is a viola professor, and director of orchestral studies at the College of Music of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Music Director and Conductor of the Boulder (Colorado) Philharmonic Orchestra. There he is credited with being a strict taskmaster who has raised the largely amateur orchestra to the status of a mostly fully-paid ensemble with the status of a good regional orchestra. With thirty of the best players of the orchestra he has founded the Sinfonia of Colorado, with whom he began a traversal of all of Wolfgang Mozart's fifty symphonies, a feat he already accomplished in Brisbane.
He made fifty compact discs for the two HNH labels, Marco Polo and Naxos, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. These have included sets of Russian and Ukrainian composers such as Kalinnikov, Lyatoshinsky, Stankovych, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Shchedrin, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, and Ippolitov-Ivanov. In addition, he has recorded music of Mozart, Dvorák, Martinu, Bruckner (all the symphonies in their original versions) and de Beriot with the Ukrainian orchestra. The first of the Lyatoshinsky discs was the ABC's (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) award for "Best International Recording of the Year." He has also participated in the budget Naxos label's highly-praised "American Classics Series," including the complete violin/orchestra works of Walter Piston, Benjamin Lees' Symphony No. 4, the complete symphonies of George Antheil and Paul Creston, and works of Gershwin, Roy Harris, Morton Gould, and William Schuman. It is claimed that Kuchar's recordings with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine are the new country's leading export product.
He continues to play viola professionally, mostly in a busy chamber music schedule, but also recorded works for viola solo and orchestra by Schnittke and Piston. In 1994, he participated in the world premiere of the String Trio of Krzysztof Penderecki. The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine named him Conductor Laureate for Life when he left in 1999 at the end of his contract. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1960  
Theodore Kuchar is an American conductor who compiled an extensive recording catalog before the age of forty.
Kuchar studied as a violinist, then took viola. He graduated from the Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Music and began his career as principal violist of orchestras in Cleveland and in Helsinki, Finland.
He appeared widely as a viola soloist in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the USSR and festivals such as
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro orgoglioso
II. Andante
III. Allegro comodo
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro collerico
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
III. Andante malincolico
IV. Allegro sanguineo
I. Allegro espansivo
II. Andante pastorale
III. Allegretto un poco
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Poco allegretto
III. Poco adagio quasi andante
IV. Allegro
I. Tempo giusto
II. Allegro
I. Tempo giusto
II. Humoreske: Allegretto
III. Proposta seria: Adagio
IV. Tema con variazioni
I. Andante
II. Allegro marcato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
IV. Finale: Molto vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante commodamente
III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - moderato assai
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Preludium: Allegro moderato
II. Polka: Allegretto grazioso
III. Minuetto: Allegro giusto
IV. Romance: Andante con moto
V. Finale: Presto
I. Allegretto
II. Adagio religioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
I. March
III. Dance No. 1
VII. Dance No. 2
V. Little Polka
II. Lyric Waltz
IV. Waltz No. 1
VI. Waltz No. 2
VIII. Finale
I. Waltz
II. Polka
III. Foxtrot
No. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
No. 2. Vltava (Moldau)
No. 3. Sarka
No. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Woods and Fields)
No. 5. Tabor
No. 6. Blanik
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo maestoso
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo ma energico
I. March
III. Dance No. 1
VII. Dance No. 2
V. Little Polka
II. Lyric Waltz
IV. Waltz No. 1
VI. Waltz No. 2
VIII. Finale
I. Waltz
II. Polka
III. Foxtrot
I. Overture
II. Polka: The Bureaucrat
III. Variations: The Dance of the Drayman
IV. Tango: Koselkov's Dance with Friends
V. Intermezzo
VIII. Finale: General Dance and Apotheosis
I. Waltz
II. Russian Lubok
III. Galop
IV. Adagio
V. Pizzicato
I. Overture
II. Adagio
III. Polka
IV. Dance
I. Prelude
I. Prelude
II. The Ball at the Palace
II. The Ball at the Palace
III. The Ghost
III. The Ghost
IV. In the Garden
IV. In the Garden
V. Hamlet and Ophelia
V. Hamlet and Ophelia
VI. Arrival of the Actors
VI. Arrival of the Actors
VII. Poisoning Scene
VII. Poisoning Scene
VIII. Duel and Death of Hamlet
VIII. Duel and Death of Hamlet
I. Overture
II. Contredanse
III. Folk Feast (National Holiday)
IV. Interlude
V. Barrel-Organ Waltz
VI. Galop
VII. Introduction (Prelude)
VIII. Romance
VIII. Romance
IX. Intermezzo
X. Nocturne
XI. Scene
XII. Finale
I. Allegro con fermezza
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
Promenade
I. Gnomus
Promenade
I. ll vecchio castello
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. Limoges - The Market Place
VII. Catacombae
Cum mortius in Lingua morta
IX. The Hut on Fowls' Legs, "Baba Yaga"
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
I. Introduction
II. Pas de chat
III. Quarrel
IV. Fairy Godmother and Fairy Winter
VI. Cinderella Goes to the Ball
VII. Cinderella's Waltz
VIII. Midnight
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
IV. Final: Molto vivace
I. Andante
II. Allegro marcato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro giocoso
I. Star-Spangled Overture
II. Amber Waves
III. Jubilo
IV. Memorials
V. Saratoga Quickstep
VI. Hymnal
I. Camptown Races
II. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
III. Canebreak Jig
IV. Swanee River
V. Camptown Variation
VI. Old Black Joe and My Old Kentucky Home
VII. Village Festival - Quadrilles And Waltzes
VIII. Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
IX. Camptown Variation
X. Hymns: Where is Thy Spirit Mary and The Angels are Singing unto Me
XI. Variation on Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me and Kitty Bell
XII. Camptown Variation
XIII. Oh, Susanna (Finale)
I With Majesty
II With Humour
III With Serenity
IV With Gaiety
I Introduction and Song (Slow, with Deep Emotion - Moderately Slow)
II Interlude and Dance (Moderately Slow - Moderately Fast)
I The Nativity (Lento - Allegro moderato)
II The Crucifixion (Adagio)
III The Resurrection (Lento moderato - Allegro ma calmo)
I Moderato - Allegretto
II Allegro
III Scherzo: Presto
IV Allegro non troppo


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