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Born: 1874, Křečovice, Bohemia
Died: 1935, Benešov, Czechoslovakia
“I do not bow to anyone, except to my own conscience and to our noble Lady Music...”
A gifted child born into a musical family, Josef Suk trained at the Prague Conservatory, where he later taught for many years. (Dvořák was one of his teachers and Suk later married his mentor’s daughter Otilie.) A superb orchestrator, Suk wrote in a sensual, late Romantic style that became increasingly complex harmonically. He was also an acclaimed violinist, performing with the Czech Quartet for 40 years.