Sleeve note of the CD “Renaissance of Humanity” BMG Classics 1995
Born in Rychnov nad Kneznou, Czech Republic, Mr. Jirasek graduated at the Janáček Academy of Musical Art in Brno (JAMU), composition with Prof. Zdenek Zouhar as well as electro-acoustic, computer and electronic music and music theory.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 Jirasek’s music was widely performed – „Bread and Circuses“ (Munich bienale, 1992), postmodern recomposition of J.S.Bach’s „St.Luke Passion,“ (Munich bienale, 1996, Minneapolis, USA 2000), Concerto for Organ and Orchestra „Dance with the Universe“ (J.Essl: organ, Portland Chamber Orchestra, dir. Yaacov Bergman, 2012), choral piece „Missa propria“ (Prague Spring Festival 1994 and 2014, Carnegie Hall, New York, Lincoln Center, New York, Avignon Festival, Francie e.g.), „Fragile Balance/Letter to Heaven“ (Vega String Quartet, Atlanta 2012), „King Lavra“ (micro-opera, Khorikos New York, 2013) etc.
Jirásek’s music is published by Ricordi, Berlín, Schott Musik Int., Mainz, Editio Baerenreiter, Prague and Musica Mundana Musikverlag.
Mr. Jirasek’s music was recorded on labels like BMG Classics (“Renaissance of Humanity” with music by Jan Jirásek, Arvo Pärt and Hildegard von Bingen), BMG-Ariola (“Bread and Circuses”), Navona Records (“Parallel Worlds”, Czech and Moravian Christmas Carols), etc.
Mr. Jirasek writes a lot for films. He was awarded with the prestigious film music prize “The Czech Lion” for movie “An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World” (dir. Juraj Jakubisko) and for movie “Kytice” (Wild Flowers) – dir. F.A.Brabec. Films with his music received Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix Award, The Jerusalem Prize, e.g.
Jan Jirasek won Fulbright Fellowship and spent the academic year 1996-97 as a visiting professor of composition in USA (Hartt School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder). He taught and teaches composition at different universities in USA and Europe (Colorado College, Florida International University, University at Lehigh, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, ISAM, Ochsenhausen, Noosa ISAM, Australia, etc.).