| Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková
was born in Prague into the intellectual family of prohibited
philosopher Karel Kosík and literary scientist Růžena Grebeníčková, the
Herder prize laureate.
She began her organ studies with Prof. Jan Hora, together with
piano lessons given by Prof. Eliška Kleinová and Prof. Arnoštka
Grünfeldová. Irena Kosíková studied organ performance (Prof. Jaroslava
Potměšilová) and conducting (Prof. Karel Fiala) at Ježek's
Conservatory. For political reasons she was refused to further her
studies. She took private composition lessons with Prof. Miroslav
Finally after the Velvet Revolution she was accepted at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno into the organ class of Prof. Alena Veselá and Prof. Kamila Klugarová. She graduated at the Academy of Music (HAMU) in Prague, under the guidance of Prof. Josef Popelka.
Irena Kosíková now gives organ concerts and intensively compose.
Her works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Belgium,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Poland,
Russia, Turkey, Sweden and in the United Kingdom. As an organist she
specialises in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann
Sebastian Bach: including performances of the complete Organ Toccatas,
Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorales, The Art of Fugue, Organ Mass.
She is one of the six chosen composers (Jiří Matys, Petr
Hejný, Jan Jirásek, Luboš Fišer, Miloš Štědroň and Irena Kosíková) of
the project "Prague - Brno: 6 Contemporary Composers", held under the
auspices of Václav Havel.
For the celebration of the Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of
the Jewish Museum in Prague, she wrote orchestra composition "7
Candles" introduced, together with the work of murdered "Terezín"
composers Gideon Klein (1919 - 1945) and Pavel Haas (1899 - 1944), in
Prague and Terezín.
On the occasion of the 110th anniversary commemoration of the
birth of Jewish writer Jiří Weil (1900 - 1959), Irena Kosíková was
commissioned to create ballet "MAKANNA" for voice, cello and orchestra,
it's concert performance was held under the auspices of Sir Tom
Stoppard and Václav Havel. Live recording is available on Supraphonline.cz and iTunes.
Music cooperation with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber
Orchestra Kremlin, cellist Anna Brikciusová, Czech pianist Tomáš Víšek,
cellist František Brikcius, siblings cello chamber ensemble Duo
Brikcius, Czech Maestro Jan Talich and Russian conductor Mischa
Organ compositions in the interpretation of Irena Kosíková are
published on YouTube, currently complete performance of Leipzig
She currently resides in France. For more information about Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková visit websites http://www.iKosik.com .