Zdenek Kosler

Biography

Born: March 25, 1928; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: July 2, 1995; Prague, Czech Republic  
Czech conductor Zdenék Kosler achieved international recognition as a compelling interpreter of large portions of the Czech and Central European repertories. Equally at ease on the concert stage and in the opera house, he led several acclaimed recordings and presided over the premieres of a number of Czech concert works. Instructed as a child by his musician father, Kosler later attended the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, where he majored in Read more conducting, composition, and piano. During his years there, he was privileged to work with the famous Czech conductor Karel Ancerl. After serving as assistant conductor for the Czech Choir and the Kühn Children's Chorus, Kosler was engaged by the Prague National Theatre in 1948. In 1951, he made his podium debut there, also appearing for the first time with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 1956, Kosler placed first in the Besançon International Competition for conductors. From 1958 to 1962, he served as director of the Olomouc Opera. While engaged as director of the Ostrava Opera (1962 to 1966), he won the 1963 Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition, affording him the opportunity to work as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein during the 1963-1964 season. Following a year as principal conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Kosler left to become conductor and music director of Berlin's Komische Oper, where the brilliant Walter Felsenstein was stage director. After three seasons, Kosler left to conduct on a guest basis before accepting a five-year residency as director of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava in 1971. Concurrently, he appeared as guest conductor with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and served as resident conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he filled for a decade. During this period, Kosler also accepted numerous guest assignments in Europe, the Far East, and Canada. From 1980 to 1985, Kosler was music director and chief conductor of the Prague National Theatre Opera. He returned to the company in 1990 as chief conductor. Among Kosler's many recordings are several from his tenure with the Prague National Theatre, notably Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Dalibor, and Libuse. His recordings of Strauss' tone poems for Naxos are also noteworthy. Read less
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    Glago
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2019 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Jozef Kundlák,  Magdaléna Hajóssyová,  Vera Soukupová,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Ladislav Slovák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir
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  • 2.
    Dvorak: Complete Published Orchestral Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Ilya Kaler,  Alexander Trostiansky,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Camilla Kolchinsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Kalabis: Symphonies, Concertos / Kosler, Neumann, Kalabis, Belohlavek
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4109 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Viktor Kalabis
    Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková,  Petr Skvor,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Viktor Kalabis,  Václav Neumann,  Milos Konvalinka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Symphonies / Kosler, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4093 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578217 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  István Bogár,  György Lehel,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
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    Great Sacred Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501062 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Gonda,  Julia Faulkner,  Nicholas Gedge,  Lisa Beckley  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  László Kovács  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Camerata Budapest  ... 
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    My First Classical Music Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578203 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon,  Jürgen Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Mats Rondin  ... 
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    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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    Best Of Classics - Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4013 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Jiri Reinberger,  Jan Kalfus,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Zuzana Ruzicková  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Kulínsky,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Milan Munclinger,  Josef Vlach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Children's Chorus,  Musica Bohemica,  Ars Rediviva  ... 
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    Music Of Viktor Kalabis
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1350 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Viktor Kalabis
    Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Zdenek Kosler,  Václav Neumann,  Karel Sejna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Soloists,  Vlach String Quartet
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  • 12.
    Czech Opera Highlights
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4026 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Daniela Sounová-Brouková,  Ivana Mixová,  Benno Blachut,  Gabriela Benacková  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiri Pinkas,  Zdenek Kosler,  Jaroslav Krombholc,  Zdenek Chalabala  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Brno Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mystic Voices - Divine Music From The Heavens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570169-70 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Johannes Ockeghem,  William Byrd,  Hildegard of Bingen  ... 
    Performer:  Colm Carey,  Ingrid Kertesi,  Lisa Beckley
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Bo Holten,  Heikki Peltola,  Michel Piquemal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Musica Ficta,  The Chamberlains  ... 
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    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Walter Felsenstein Edition - Mozart: Don Giovanni
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101299 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Moulson,  Klara Barlow,  Rudolf Asmus,  Herbert Rossler  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Comic Opera Chorus,  Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra
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    Walter Felsenstein Edition [12-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101345 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Leos Janácek,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sonja Schöner,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Georg Wieter,  Magda László  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann,  Václav Neumann,  Zdenek Kosler,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra
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    Walter Felsenstein Edition [Deluxe Limited Edition]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101305 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Polze,  Hans-Otto Rogge,  Rudolf Asmus,  Hans Günther Nöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Fritz Voigtmann,  Kurt Masur,  Zdenek Kosler,  Václav Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Cinema Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571090 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Carl Orff,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Miriam Gauci,  Nicola Martinucci,  Yordy Ramiro,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Alexander Rahbari,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Academy
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    The Very Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552139 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Qian Zhou,  Edmund Battersby,  Christian Kohn,  Silke-Thora Matthies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Michael Halász,  Robert Shafer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Trio,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vlach String Quartet Prague  ... 
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Benacková, Dvorsky
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 7011 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Jindrich Jindrák,  Jaroslav Horacek,  Marie Mrázová,  Richard Novák  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Cinema Classics 2006
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556833 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Terence Charlston,  György Éder,  Sándor Papp,  Péter Szüts  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Adrian Leaper,  Victor Fedorov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Janácek, Dvorák, Smetana, Verdi, Puccini: Arias / Benacková
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3853 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Eva Depoltová,  Vera Soukupová,  Peter Straka  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Gregor,  Václav Neumann,  Zdenek Kosler,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Chorus  ... 
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    Discover - Music Of The Romantic Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558155-56 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Idil Biret,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  George Hurst,  Michael Halász,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Klimt - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558146 Release Date: 05/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Zagórzanka,  Peter Hill,  Ruxandra Donose,  Thomas Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Karol Stryja,  Zdenek Kosler,  Takuo Yuasa,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Chill With Mozart
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556780 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Claude Gérard,  Jirí Válek,  Hana Müllerová-Jouzova,  Jozef Kundlák  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Harald Nerat,  Johannes Wildner,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Villa Musica Ensemble,  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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