Monika Lawrenz

Kateřina Růžičková


The young Moravian composer Kateřina Růžičková was born in Brno (Brünn), the city of inspiration for her great predecessor Leos Janácek. After studying music and aesthetics at the Masaryk University in Brno and composition at the Janácek Academy she received a scholarschip from the Cultural Ministry of Baden-Württemberg to the University of Karlsruhe where she began studies with Wolfgang Rihm. At the same time she was a Ph.D. student in composition theory in Brno, as well as founder and president of the Czech Republic's first female composer's group "Hudbaby".

Kateřina Růžičková won several prizes at the National Composition Competition "Generation" between 1995 and 2002. In addition she received the first prize at the International Composition Competition "Musica Nova".

The impressive list of her compositions begins with "Four Piano Pieces" (1993) and "Sport"  (1993, for viola and piano). Later works feature diverse pieces such as "Two Paraphrases For String Orchestra" (1997), "Minus Around Plus Zero" for clarinet, bassoon, viola, violoncello and three percussionists (1997), "End of Modern Times" for symphony orchestra (1999), "Life Attitudes" for piano and string orchestra (2002), "Attitudes" for symphony orchestra (2003) and finally "Moravian Echos" for flute, violoncello and piano (2005).