Milan Svoboda

Composer, conductor, band leader, jazz pianist

Milan Svoboda Quartet

March 8, 2018 21:00

Praha, U malého Glena

Milan Svoboda Big Band

February 25, 2018 21:30

Praha, Reduta Jazz Club

Milan Svoboda Piano Solo

Milan Svoboda - Jiří Bárta Duo

Milan Svoboda Sextet

Prague JJ Conservatory Jazz Orchestra

March 15, 2018 19:00

Praha, Reduta Jazz Club

Cimrman v říši hudby

March 18, 2018 19:00

Praha, Divadlo Járy Cimrmana

MS & Symphony orchestra

Milan Svoboda - Michal Gera Duo


Milan Svoboda is one of the leading personalities on the Czech musical scene. He gained international renown as a jazz pianist and band leader. His composing and conducting skills span a wide range of styles, including modern jazz, musicals, film, theater and contemporary classical music.


Milan Svoboda was born in 1951 in Prague. He graduated from the organ class at the Prague Conservatory, studied musicology at Charles' University in Prague and composition at the Prague Academy of Music and at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. In 1974 he founded his first jazz orchestra, the PRAGUE BIG BAND, which made a name for itself in the history of both Czech and European jazz. As a conductor and arranger Svoboda later led the combined Czech/Polish Big Band, which featured the finest soloists of both nations. In 90´th he led succesfull young jazz orchestra CONTRABAND. He currently conducts again a creative Milan Svoboda Jazz Orchestra - Prague Big Band and his own MILAN SVOBODA QUARTET. Svoboda has performed throughout Europe as well as overseas with his big bands, his quartet, his duo and as a SOLOIST, he played at numerous jazz festivals and has an extensive discography to his credit (more than 30. albums). He worked with many important jazz figures, including James Moody, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Lakatos, Aaron Scott, Phil Wilson, Sonny Constanzo, Victor Mendoza, Sigi Finkel, Jiri Stivin and many others.


As a COMPOSER, Svoboda also works for theater, film and television. He wrote music for an original musical based on Boris Vian's novel ”The Foam of the Days”, and a full-length ballet ”Mowgli” which was performed at the National Theater, Prague and in USA. Svoboda wrote music for many feature films (e.g. Karel Kachyna's ”The Last Butterfly” or Samuel Fuller's ”Day Of Reckoning”), animated movies and documentary films, television plays and over seventy theater dramas and musicals. He has been regularly cooperating with Prague National Theater's Drama Company for which he wrote music for fourteen plays including Hamlet, Faust, Peer Gynt, The Lion In Winter and Tartuffe.


As a CONDUCTOR Svoboda rehear-sed and conducted big musical shows such as Foam of the Days, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Les Miserables. 


At present Milan Svoboda composes also chamber and orchestral music for classical ensembles, e.g. "Concerto Grosso" for violin, piano and string orchestra and the “Mowgli Ballet Suite” for symphonic orchestra. He cooperates with leading classical musicians. Among others he played and recorded with the Virtuosi di Praga and violinist Pavel Sporcl and on several occasions conducted the North Czech Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Karlovy Vary and Plzen Philharmonic. The known cellist Jiri Barta is a regular guest of Svoboda's Quartet.


Since 1999 Milan Svoboda has been a professor of composition and jazz harmony at Prague Conservatory and College of Jaroslav Jezek. He is also a founder and leader of Prague JJ Conservatory Jazz Orchestra.


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Na Hajensku 183, 252 02 - Jiloviste, Czech Republic
Tel.: 420 / 257 730 176
Mob.: +420 / 602 210 567

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