|Czech Composer and Organist Irena Kosikova
Web site: http://www.iKosik.com
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Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková was born in Prague into the intellectual family of the forbidden philosopher Karel Kosík and literature scientist Růžena Grebeníčková, the Herder prize laureate.
She started her studies of organ playing 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. She wasn't allowed for further studies because of political reasons. Private compositions lessons with prof. Miroslav Raichl.
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 is giving organ concerts. She is now intensively composing too. Her works have been performed in Czech Republic, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Israel, Russia, Sweden and United Kingdom. As the Organist she is specialising in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann Sebastian Bach: complete performance of Organ Toccatas, Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorals, Art of the Fugue, Organ Mass etc. For more information visit http://www.iKosik.com .