International jury of academic Banská Bystrica



Ondrej Lenárd – Slovenská republika/ Slovak republic

He is one of the most important Slovak conductors of the 20th century. Critics highlight his sense of musical theater, musical intuition, temperament and originality. He graduated in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in the class of prof. Juraj Haluzický and prof. Ľudovít Rajter (1964). In 1974, he won the Hungarian Radio and Television International Conducting Competition in Budapest.

From 1962 to 1969 he was the choirmaster of the SND Opera in Bratislava, from 1970 he was the conductor (from 1977 to 1990 chief conductor) of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava (today the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra).

From 1984 to 1986 he conducted the SND Opera Orchestra in Bratislava. From 1991 to 2001 he was the chief conductor and music director of the Slovak Philharmonic, from 1997 to 1998 he was the director of the SND Opera. Significant is his long-term work in Japan. He was a permanent guest conductor, chief conductor and music director of the Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and a permanent guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which in 2000 awarded him the title of honorary conductor. From 2019, he again became the chief conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava.

Ondrej Lenárd collaborated with leading European soloists (P. Dvorský, E. Gruberová, G. Beňačková, J. Obrazcovová, M. Freni, P. Cappuccilli, E. Urbanová, S. Kopčák, A. Plachetka and others). In many European countries and overseas (Canada, Brazil, USA, Japan), he conducted renowned foreign ensembles, such as the Czech Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). He has performed at major opera houses: the National Theater in Prague, the State Opera in Vienna, the Budapest State Opera, the San Carlo Opera in Naples, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​the Houston Grand Opera and others.

Ondrej Lenárd's art is recorded on more than a thousand recordings, he recorded for Opus, Marco Polo, Naxos (mostly with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra) and HNH International, but also for Slovak Television. At home and abroad, he premiered several works by Slovak composers (Burlas, Cikker, Ferenczy, Godár, Moyzes, Salva, Zeljenka). He taught conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In the years 2011 - 2017 he was the chief conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. Ondrej Lenárd is the holder of the Order of Ľudovít Štúr I. class, an honorary doctorate from Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and the Artis Bohemiae Amicis award for his contribution and dissemination of the good name of Czech culture abroad.





Jiří Holubec – Česká republika / Czech republic

Prof. PaedDr. Jiří Holubec, Ph.D. graduated at the Faculty of Education of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the choirmaster of the university choir Chorea academica and the Děčín choir. He has performed with these choirs in most European countries, the USA, Colombia and Mexico. As a conductor, he collaborated with the choirs of the Conservatory in Teplice, Freie Waldorfschule in Mannheim, the Bohemiachor Choir, and the choir of the State University of New York, which he conducted during his lecture and artistic internship in the USA. He also worked as a pianist, artistic director and arranger of the Big Band Bonit orchestra from Ústí nad Labem.

In pedagogical practice, prof. Holubec focuses mainly on current trends in Czech music pedagogy, about which he lectures at home and abroad; recently, for example, at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai. He is significantly involved in the cooperation of the Department of Music Education of the Faculty of Education of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem with the Hochschule für Tanz und Musik in Munich and with the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica.

He currently teaches at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and at the University of Liberec, in the field of music theory he cooperates with the Department of Music Theory and the Institute of Music Theory of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


Grzegorz Oliwa – Poľská republika / Poland            

Prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Oliwa is a titular professor of musical arts, conductor, pedagogue, researcher at the Music Institute of the University of Rzeszów, director of the Zygmunt Mycielski State Music School in Strzyzow.He founded the Strzyzow Chamber Choir in 1994 and is still its conductor. In addition, he has given concerts with the Silesian Philharmonic Choir, the Tarnow Chamber Orchestra and the Przemysl Chamber Orchestra. Together with the Rzeszów Chamber Orchestra, he recorded some works from the collections of the Lancut Castle Museum - "Lancut Musicalia" and "Lancut Musicalia - Concerts".

Since 2001 he has been a member of the board of the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras in Rzeszów. In 2002 he was promoted to the position of artistic director and in 2005 he became the president of this association.

Over the years of his professional work, Professor Oliwa has led a number of seminars and lectures for conductors and participated in the work of a jury of various choral festivals. In 1999-2006 he was vice-president of the Rzeszów Music Society. He has been a member of the Strzyzow music company since 2001, and in 2014 he became its vice president.In 2003, the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage added Professor Oliwa to the list of experts. Since 2006, he has been the regional coordinator of the National Program for the Development of School Choirs "Singing Poland". He is currently the curator of the Choir Academy operating at the National Music Forum in Wroclaw. Since 2014 he has been the conductor of the Podkarpacki male family and since September 2018 he has been leading the "Akord" ZNP and SCK teachers' choir in Mieleec.


Jiří Fuchs – Česká republika / Czech republic

Doc. Mgr. Jiří Fuchs is a choirmaster, university teacher and music publicist. He is the author of articles and reviews for the regional press, music magazines and music portals, especially reviews of choral festivals, concerts, opera performances and CDs.

Jiří Fuchs is a graduate of the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the field of singing and choir conducting. From 1971 to 1973, he was a guest on the stage of the National Theater in the operas The Marriage of Figaro and The Bartered Bride. From 1982 he was a soloist of the opera in Plzeň, at the same time he started working at the Faculty of Education in Pilsen from 1977, where he led the Academic Women's Choir and worked closely with the Pilsen conductor Antonín Devatý and on his recommendation with the choirmaster Jozef Veselek. From 1982 he worked at the Faculty of Education in České Budějovice, where he founded and led the successful South Bohemian University Choir, with which he achieved many international successes in a number of prestigious European competitions.

He introduced many novelties from contemporary choral music. He made more than 60 studio recordings with the choir on the radio. In r. In 1993 he received a habilitation in the field of choir conducting. He is a member of national and international juries of competitions in the field of choral singing. He has been on internships abroad in the field of church leadership, lecturing at several international symposia on the issue of church voice education. He also devoted himself to cultural and organizational work, was the chairman of the South Bohemian region of the Union of Czech Choirs, organized choir festivals and concerts. He was awarded the František Chodura Prize (1993) and the Bedřich Smetana Prize (2013) for his extensive musical activities.


Adrian Kokoš – Slovenská republika / Slovak republic

Adrian Kokoš, conductor and choirmaster. Since January 2004, he has been working as a conductor at Slovak Radio, where he re-founded the Children's Choir. In addition to the radio choir, its long-term collaboration with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra is dominant. He has a number of premieres of domestic and world authors on his account. He has been collaborating with the Slovak composer Víťazoslav Kubiček since 2003, and has presented more than twenty composer's works in its world premiere. He has conducted several domestic and foreign musical ensembles (Cappella Istropolitana, State Philharmonic in Košice, State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina, Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, Bohuslav Maritnů Philharmonic in Zlín, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Johann Strauss Orchestra in Bratislava, German Surgio , Slovak Symphony Orchestra, Lúčnica Choir, Slovak Philharmonic Choir and others). He has also performed as a conductor at several renowned music festivals (International Musica Sacra Festival in Nitra, Košice Festival of Sacred Art, Viva Musica Festival, Bratislava Music Festival, Pohoda Festival, Smetana's Litomyšl International Opera Festival, Dvořák's Olomouc, Czech Touches of Music, Europäische Johann Strauss Bühnenwerke Festival, Petr Dvorský International Festival - Jaroměřice, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival). In the 2009/10 season he worked as a guest conductor of the State Opera in Banská Bystrica. He regularly collaborates with important personalities of the Slovak and international music scene. He also performed at the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London, where he conducted the Slovak representative concert at the famous Sadlers Wels Theater together with the art - rock legend of the YES group Jon Anderson and Miroslav Žbirka. With the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Radio Choir, he recorded many works of classical repertoire, music for various radio plays, but also music for films such as Wilson's, Angel of the Lord2, Svetozár Stračina, Učiteľka, Po strništi bos, Dubček.

He is one of the few Slovak conductors who successfully dedicates various genres in music. In the style of crossover, he presented a number of music projects, where he combined jazz, pop, rock or folk music with classical symphonic ensembles.

Adrian Kokoš is an acclaimed performer and promoter of Slovak vocal - instrumental music. The music titles he recorded were released by Slovak Radio Records, Hudobný fond and Universal Music. He regularly participates in art programs for Radio and Television of Slovakia and Czech Television.