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Topic: Expatriate Czechs (133 records)

Václav Talich

World famous Czech conductor, violinist and music pedagogue. Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and founder of the Czech Chamber Orchestra.


The most famous Czech female painter and graphic artist, representative of European Surrealism, also acknowledged abroad (France). She was distinguished by her bohemian life style and longing for freedom, expressed in paintings with powerful eroticism.

Jan Tříska

Famous Czech-American theatre and film actor, voice actor and reciter.

Jiří Voskovec

Czech-American actor and dramatist. He was a part of a duo with Jan Werich, with whom he worked in the Liberated Theatre in the 1920s and 1930s.

Enrique Stanko Vráz

Czech explorer, adventurer, writer and photographer, probably of Bulgarian descent.

Ája Vrzáňová

Czechoslovak figure skating legend, double world champion, four times Czechoslovak champion and European champion. Famous for her high jumps and fast pirouettes.

Milan Vyhnálek

Australian businessman of Czech descent. He ran a cheese and cattle farming business, but he was also a benefactor. He built the prosperous cheese factory LACTOS in Tasmania and taught Australians to make and eat high-quality cheese.

Ladislav Vychodil

Czech scenographer and teacher who worked in Slovakia and represented Czechoslovak scenography all over the world.

Bohdan Warchal

27 January 1930, Orlová – 30 December 2000, Bratislava, Slovakia

Bohdan Warchal was born in Orlová. His father died when he was six. He played the violin from the age of twelve. He studied at the Brno Conservatory, and he also studied the violin at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU). Between 1955 and 1957, he was the first violin of the Brno Radio Orchestra of Folk Instruments. In 1957, he became the concert master of the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. In 1960, he founded the Slovak Chamber Orchestra and became its artistic director. The ensemble, also known as “Warchalovci”, became famous primarily for interpreting Baroque music. The ensemble soon established itself as the best Slovak chamber orchestra and represented Slovak music all over the world for 40 years. “Warchalovci” also performed at numerous music festivals (Strasbourg, Salzburg, Montreux-Vevey, Budapest, Prague, etc.) and made many recordings for record companies, the Czechoslovak Radio and Czechoslovak Television. In the 1990s, Bohdan Warchal also collaborated with the Prague chamber orchestra and taught at the Bratislava Conservatory, at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Warchal’s son Bohdan Warchal Sr. is also a violinist, following in his father’s footsteps.

Bohdan Warchal significantly contributed to the popularisation of Czechoslovak and Slovak music culture abroad. He was famous primarily as an interpreter of Baroque and Classical music. He was also a distinguished solo violinist. An international competition in playing bow string instruments, organised in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia, was named after him. The minor planet no. 28019 was also named after him.

Jan Werich

Theatre and film critic, director, screenwriter, dramatist and writer. He was a part of a duo with Jiří Voskovec, with whom he worked in the 1920s and 1930s in the Liberated Theatre, and later with Miroslav Horníček.

Milan Zelený

Czech-American economist working in several universities in the USA, Denmark, Belgium, China, India, Brazil, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Miroslav Zikmund

Czech explorer, writer, journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker. Together with Jiří Hanzelka, he went on several expeditions on practically all continents.

Jan Zrzavý

Painter, graphic artist, illustrator and scenographer, a prominent figure of interwar Czech Avant-garde. His works are characterised by a simplicity of volume, lyrical harmony and imagination, which brought him close to Poetism.

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