Tomáš Svoboda (composer)

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Tomáš Svoboda
Birth nameTomáš Svoboda
BornDecember 6, 1939
Paris, France
Genrescontemporary classical
Occupation(s) Composer Pianist
InstrumentsPiano, percussion
Years active57
LabelsNorth Pacific Music, Albany, Artisie 4, Centaur, Innova, Crystal, First Edition
Website Official website of Tomáš Svoboda

Tomáš Svoboda (born December 6, 1939) is a Czech-American contemporary classical composer and pianist, whose debut took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia on September 7, 1957, with the world premiere of his Symphony No. 1 (Of Nature) with the FOK Prague Symphony conducted by Václav Smetáček. [1] Svoboda's catalog contains over 200 compositions, including 6 symphonies, 5 concerti. His music is performed worldwide and recordings of more than 50 works have now been released. Svoboda's Piano Trios CD recording received a 2001 "Critics Choice Award" from the American Record Guide [2] and his Marimba Concerto received recognition in a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the Oregon Symphony. [1]



Svoboda was born in Paris, France. A Professor Emeritus from Portland State University, Mr. Svoboda composed his first music at age nine. He was a professor at PSU for 27 years. There have been over 1,200 performances of his music.


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  1. 1 2 "Tomas Svoboda CD Recording: "Orchestral Works"". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  2. "Tomas Svoboda - Piano Trios". 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2017-01-09.