Miloš Bok

Miloš Bok, conductor, pianist, choirmaster, organist, composer and teacher, was born on 16th January 1968 in Prague. In recognition of his exceptional talent, he was admitted to Prague Conservatoire at the age of twelve. He graduated in piano playing in 1988 under Prof. Jaromír Kříž and, shortly after, entered the Prague Academy of Music and became Prof. Josef Páleníček’s last student; he studied under Páleníček until the latter’s death in 1991. He has won six prizes in various national and international piano competitions. He has made numerous recordings and hosted several programmes for Czech Radio and Czech Television. Since 1987, he has been teaching in various primary schools. In 1998, together with longstanding friends, he founded a music society (see the manifesto of the Elgar Art Society). Since 1999, he is leading the Children Symphonic Orchestra Karlovy Vary and the Karlovy Vary Mixed Choir with which he has performed many works of church music. Various important Czech orchestras and choirs have performed under Bok. His organist activities in the dioceses of Plzeň and Litoměřice also rank among his important vocations.
Ever since his childhood, he has felt an overwhelming need to compose and to conduct. After his first unfinished attempts (a piano concerto and a symphony), he wrote his first significant work, the Missa Solemnis (1986), and, shortly after, completed his Missa Brevis in E flat major (1987). Both works have been performed by their author and were greeted with unexpected success during their numerous performances. His next work is the Missa Brevis in F sharp major (1988) which was written at the same time as the oratorio The Gnomes of the Valley of Křinice [Skřítkové z Křinického údolí] (completed and first performed by the author in 1993). This was the work he conducted with great success at his graduation concert in Prague’s Rudolfinum Hall, which marked the end of his studies of conducting at Prague Conservatoire under Professor Mario Klemens (1991-3). Since 1994, he has devoted himself to the composition of the oratorio Saint Zdislava which he completed in 2001 and from which several excerpts had been performed, starting with its Finale in 1998. After that, Bok has created his Symphonic Carols (1998), the Hymn to the Holy Spirit (2005), the symphonic score to the film Lord’s Angel (2005), the Dreamy Carols (2006), the Credo in f sharp minor (2006) and many other smaller pieces of church music. His oratorical trilogy is to be finished with the oratorio The Apocalypse on the Slopes of Kamenice [Apokalypsa v Kamenické stráni]. He has also been working on the orchestration and the arrangement of works by and for his contemporaries (Jaroslav Pelikán, Jaroslav Novák, Radek Baborák, Jean-Gaspard Páleníček, Roman Novotný, Robert Kozánek and others). Due to his unambiguous stance towards the liberal society and its values, he is not part of the official music establishment. Nevertheless, as a composer and a conductor he is highly respected by today’s best orchestras and performers. Bok’s Missa Solemnis was highly acclaimed at a performance in Carnegie Hall, New York in 1999. In 2006, he has received acknowledgement for his work from the Pope Benedict XVI.<< Back