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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    Relaxation: Soothing Sounds of Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578341 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Alfred Walter,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: Favorite Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578330 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Michael Halász,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Pier Giorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Erkin: Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto, Kocekce & Dance Rhapsody / Buswell, Kuchar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572831 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ulvi Cemal Erkin
    Performer:  James Buswell
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Slavic Dances; Overtures; Symphonic Poems
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95297 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  John Farrer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Saul: Kiev 2014; Violin Concerto; Overture for the Jubilee; A Christmas Symphony; Metamorphosis
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559791 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Saul
    Performer:  Rong Huey Liu,  James Buswell,  Walter Saul
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95100 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Walter Susskind,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9420 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 49
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Boris Petrushansky,  Lewis James Quinn,  Kevin Matthews,  Alastair McCall  ... 
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester  ... 
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    Adagios: The Most Relaxing Classical Music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms & Schubert
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94994 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Goldstein,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Klára Würtz,  Shoko Sugitani  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Ludwig Güttler,  Theodore Kuchar,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig,  Prima La Musica  ... 
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    Boris Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No. 1; Grazhyna
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555578 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Mikolayovich Lyatos
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukranian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Lyatoshynsky: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / Kuchar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555579 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Mikolayovich Lyatos
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukranian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Lyatoshynsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555580 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Mikolayovich Lyatos
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukranian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Yevhen Stankovych: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 And 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555741 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yevhen Stankovitch
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
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    Smetana: The Moldau - Czech Music By Smetana & Dvorak
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300539 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Morton Gould: American Legend
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503259 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Stephanie Zelnick,  James F. Neal
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar,  Scott Weiss,  Kenneth Schermerhorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  University of Kansas Wind Ensemble,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    Latin-American Classics / Kuchar, Orquestra Sinfonica di Venezuela
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9262 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José P. Moncayo García,  Arturo Márquez,  Aldemaro Romero,  Silvestre Revueltas  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuela Symphony Orchestra
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    Nielsen: Complete Symphonies / Kuchar, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94419 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Great Russian Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501059 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Gerard Schwarz,  Antoni Wit,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578205 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
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    My First Tchaikovsky Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578214 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Maria Kliegel,  Joseph Banowetz,  Ilona Prunyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Philippe Entremont,  Gerhard Markson,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
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    My First Violin Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578215 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Kaler,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Caspar Frantz  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Carl Davis,  Theodore Kuchar,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferenc Sánta & His Gypsy Band
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  • 23.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Eternal Strings
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578027 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Alla Pavlova,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Olga Vedernikova
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Takuo Yuasa,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra,  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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