Cult jazz musician Jiří Stivín turns 80

Jiří Stivín

Musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jiří Stivín turned 80 this week. As every year, he will celebrate with a concert in tribute to St. Cecilia, the patron of musicians.

Jiří Stivín | Photo: Tomáš Vodňanský,  Czech Radio

Jiří Stivín was born 23 November 1942 in Prague. He graduated from the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music as well as at the Prague Academy of Music (AMU). His extensive discography ranges from jazz to classical music and he performs music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

As a sololist, playing both the flute and saxophone, he has performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Suk Chamber Orchestra, Barocco sempre giovane as well as with several other ensembles. He still lectures at the Prague Conservatory.

Jiří Stivín | Photo: Jan Sklenář,  Czech Radio

Every year the musician organizes a concert in tribute to St. Cecilia, the patron of musicians. For this year’s celebration Stivín chose Lucerna Music Bar. Some of the country’s leading musicians will be there as guest artists and the program will be a mix of Baroque, classical and modern music, but, as always with Jiří Stivín,  a hefty dose of improvisation can be expected. The concert will take place at Lucerna Music Bar on December 4, starting at 7pm.