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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3708 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Peter Dvorsky,  Richard Novák,  Marie Vesela  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
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  • 29.
    The Instruments Of The Orchestra / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558040-46 Release Date: 12/03/2002   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Tedi Papavrami,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Richard Edlinger,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Martinu: Epic Of Gilgamesh / Kosler, Kusnjer, Margita, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555138 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Stefan Margita,  Ivan Kusnjer,  Ludek Vele,  Eva Depoltová  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Classical Moments - Classical Music For The Home
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555360 Release Date: 03/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frederick Delius,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Alfred Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  English Northern Philharmonia,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 32.
    Naxos Musical Journey - Mahler: Symphony No 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151024 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Fawkes, Richard: The History Of Classical Music / Robert Powell
    Label: Naxos Audio Books   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Guillaume de Machaut  ... 
    Performer:  Kasia Elsner,  Simon Weir,  Jennifer Purvis,  Richard Fawkes  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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  • 34.
    Cinema Classics 1997
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551181 Release Date: 08/05/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anssi Mattila,  Petri Alanko,  Bernd Glemser,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Zdenek Kosler,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 35.
    Allegri: Miserere And Other Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550827 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Di Mauro,  Martina Koppelstetter
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Mátyás Antal,  Johannes Wildner,  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Best Of Dvorak
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556661 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Balázs Szokolay
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Zdenek Kosler,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moyzes String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 37.
    Discover The Classics Volume 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550035-36 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Pachelbel,  Carl Orff,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Gilbert Rowland,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Chorus,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsodies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550610 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    R. Strauss: Aus Italien, Die Liebe Der Danae / Zdenek Kosler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550342 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    R. Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550250 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Slavonic Festival / Kosler, Pesek, Stankovsky, Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550376 Release Date: 12/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Libor Pesek,  Zdenek Kosler,  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Marco Polo - The Label Of Discovery - Sampler 1
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223001 Release Date: 12/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Ottorino Respighi,  Reinhold Gliere,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Daniel Nazareth,  Keith Clark,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rhenish Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 43.
    Rhapsody - Hungarian, Spanish, Romanian, Slavonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550327 Release Date: 08/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Liszt,  George Enescu,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Mátyás Antal,  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Opp 46 & 72 / Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550143 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Mozart: Requiem / Kosler, Hajossyova, Horska, Kundlak
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550235 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Rusó,  Magdaléna Hajóssyová,  Jaroslava Horská,  Jozef Kundlák  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Etc / Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550182 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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