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Sylvie Bodorová (born 1954) studied composition at the Janáček Academy in Brno and also at the Music Academy in Prague as a post-graduate. She continued her studies in Gdansk and Siena (with Professor Franco Donatoni at the Academia Chigiana) and from 1987 she regularly attended Professor Ton de Leuw’s composition courses in Amsterdam.
She taught at the Janáček Academy in Brno and, in the 1990’s, at the CCM in Cincinnati, Ohio as Composer in Residence from 1994-95 and 1995-96.
Since the early 1980s, her works have been performed on all the continents, even in the Antarctic where her “Homage to Columbus” for guitar was heard in 1997. She has received several competition prizes (Mannheim, Czech Radio Prague) and many prestigious commissions, the latest from the Warwick Festival —Terezin Ghetto Requiem – Kampa Quartet – 1998, Ama me for Baritone and Piano – 1999, from Buenos Aires for Concierto de Estío for Guitar and Orchestra 1999, Saturnalia for Orchestra, Bochum, 1999. After the great success of Terezin Ghetto Requiem, the International Festival Prague Spring commissioned from her the oratorio, Judas Maccabeus, for a performance in St.Vitus Cathedral (Prague) in 2002.
Concerto dei fiori for Violin and Strings was premiered at Prague Spring Festival 1997, then performed in USA in 1998 and in the PONTES Festival, Prague 1998. Terezin Ghetto Requiem for Baritone and String Quartet was performed at the Warwick and Leamington Festival in July 1998, Wigmore Hall in London in October 1998, again in Warwick in July 1999, at other festivals in UK, Berlin, Halle, Theresienstadt, at the Prague Spring Festival 2000, Coventry and Huddersfield, UK, in November 2000.
Sylvie Bodorová is member of Quattro, a group of four prestigious Czech composers including —Otmar Mácha, Luboš Fišer, and Zdeněk Lukáš. She is involved in the restoration project of the Gustav Mahler birthplace in Kaliti.
She has composed and arranged many compositions for children. Her attention is often drawn by Johann Sebastian Bach’’s music quotation of his chorale “Schmulke dich o liebe Seele” at the end of Concerto dei fiori and transcriptions of “Preludium c moll” from the Well-Tempered Clavier and Toccata d minor, as well as by Gypsy and East European rhythms of her Hungarian ancestors.
Laugaricio is the Latin name of a town in Slovakia of the contemporary city of Trenáčn. It was one of the most northern Roman fortresses behind the Limes Romanus which means behind Danube. The Roman soldiers made a very big inscription on a rock there in the second century. It has remained to this day with the words describing the Roman situation and the number of Roman army, etc. If you visit Slovakia, you can see it for yourself. This is probably one of the most important memorials and witnesses of Roman influence in the territory of Slovakia at the beginning of the first millenium.

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