Born: July 3, 1923 - Košice, Czechoslovakia
Died: March 30, 1986 - Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech conductor and flutist, Milan Munclinger, began to study the flute in his youth, then enrolled at the Prague Conservatory. After graduation he studied conducting (he was a pupil of Václav Talich) and composition at Academy of Musical Arts (AMU). He also graduated in musical science, aesthetic, philosophy and oriental studies at Charles University in Prague.
Milan Munclinger devoted himself to Baroque music. He gained distinction as founder-conductor of the Ars Rediviva ensemble (founded in 1951), with which he gave performances of the Baroque and the Classical repertoires with much success. He also toured widely with his ensemble. He participated in Musica Antiqua Bohemica series - his Benda and Richter flute concert recording from 1956 was awarded Grand Prix du Disque (Jean-Pierre Rampal - flute, Milan Munclinger - conductor).
Milan Munclinger revised and restored archive compositions (collaborated with Supraphon Music Publishing and Bärenreiter-Verlag), was a juror at many music performers´ competitions (Concours de flûte Jean-Pierre Rampal, 1980 and 1983) and lecturer at performance courses in Bayreuth and Nice (Académie Internationale d'Été Jean-Pierre Rampal). He was a professor at Conservatory in Prague.
Milan Munclinger also occupied himself by jazz improvisation and premiered works of modern composers (André Jolivet, Ilja Hurník) in then Czechoslovakia. He was a co-founder of the Czechoslovak Musical Youth. For the 1st time ever he translated Arnold Dolmetsch’s The Interpretation of the Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries Revealed by Contemporary Evidence and several other major HIP works into Czech.