Former conductors



Viktor Bystroň 1943 - 1958

takes over the baton in 1943. After the end of WWII, he is successful in expanding the orchestra and its artistic skills grow. Viktor Bystroň gave the orchestra a formal basis and added a lot of pieces to its repertoire. In 1949, the band has 25 musicians, mostly miners, and Viktor himself teaches ten young musicians. In 1951, the band makes its first recordings in Czechoslovak Radio. It obtains new uniforms and a rehearsal room. In 1962, Viktor is seriously injured at work, which disables him from conducting. In 1963, he passes the baton to his son Milan.

Milan Bystroň 1963 – 1981, 1993 - 2009

accepts the baton in 1963. As the orchestra's new leader, he is ready to implement changes to the repertoir. He expands the orchestra (new sections – oboes, flutes, saxophones). He introduces new compositions requiring higher artistic skills and separate rehearsals. His aim is to transform the band into a full wind orchestra. From 30 musicians in 1964, the number of players goes up to 50. In 1972, Májovák takes part in the Vichy international festival and wins the first prize. From 1981 to 1993, he is not able to conduct the orchestra due to work, and returns after Karel Bria's resignation. Májovák travels all around Europe and wins more prizes at international competitions. Milan Bystroň parts with the orchestra in 2009 at the New Year's concert and is named the conductor of honour.

Miroslav Adamec 1981

accepted the offer to conduct Májovák after being retired. He was a talented musician and conductor, however, he passed away soon.

Karel Bria 1981 - 1992

s a hornist, conductor and teacher of music. His aim in Májovák is to work on its artistic skills and the orchestra finds itself on the rise. It gives concerts, records for the radio and TV and visits a number of European countries. It takes part in WMC Kerkrade in 1989 and wins the gold medal after a successful performance of Jerry Bilik's Symphony for Band and Evžen Zámečník's Moravian Rhapsody. After the fall of Communism, the orchestra gets into a crisis as its future does not look promising. Karel Bria leaves the ensemble in 1992.

Bruno Wróbel 1942 - 1995

was Májovák's second conductor under the leadership of Karel Bria and Milan Bystroň. He was a clarinet teacher in Havířov and many of his students became members of Májovák.

Jiří Bystroň 1998 - 2005

directed the orchestra together with his father Milan, making the Bystroň family conducting the orchestra for three generations. He left the ensemble because of being busy at work.

Vlastimil Blažek  2005 - 2013

is a trumpet player and teacher. His skills helped the orchestra to reach a more balanced sound and artistic level.

Marek Prášil 2007 – 2013

is a clarinetist and conductor working for the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre, where he has conducted a number of operettas and musicals. He left the orchestra because of work affairs after conducting Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, but still collaborates with Májovák from time to time.

Adam Sedlický 2012 - 2015

is a conductor in the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre and pianist. He conducted Májovák after both its conductors left the orchestra.

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