University of Wisconsin-Madison
Arts Institute Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program


Ales Brezina
April 23-27, 2008

Musicologist – Composer - Film Collaborator

Ales Brezina photoAleš Březina is a Czech-born musicologist, composer and film collaborator. He has published widely on twentieth-century music and is a world authority on the life and works of Bohuslav Martinů.

Březina has achieved success in the field of film and television.  He has co-authored two documentary films about Martinů for Česká Televize and collaborated with Austria’s TV ORF and the culture channel 3SAT. He is a major film composer, having written for the Oscar-nominated Musíme si pomáhat (Divided We Fall), 2000, and Horem Pádem (Up and Down), 2004, which was nominated for a Czech Lion for Best Film Music. Březina is also a classical composer; his new chamber opera Zítra se bude aneb Hra na proces (Tomorrow Will, or Play on Trial) will premiere at the National Theatre in Prague in April 2008 (See the 04/09/08 article "A Modern Composer Faces the Past" in the Prague Post, or listen to the Radio Prague report about Brezina's new opera and its highly political subject matter).

Březina is Chairman of the Editorial Board of Bärenreiter’s ongoing complete critical edition of the works of Martinů. He has organized several international musicological conferences in Prague and Bregenz and has been the Director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague since 1994. He is the program director of the Bohuslav Martinů Festival, as well as a member of the Artistic Board of the Prague Spring International Music Festival and the National Theatre in Prague.


Schedule of Events
All events are free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 23   
4 pm       Lecture: “Introduction to Bohuslav Martinů and Martinů Research”
1221 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street

Thursday, April 24  
2 pm       Lecture: “Martinů Institute and its Projects”
2441 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street

4 pm        Screening: “Musíme si pomáhat” (Divided We Fall), 2000
4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue

Friday, April 25  
1 pm       Lecture: “Oral History on Martinů”
1121 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street

2:30 pm          Screening: “Martinů and the USA” Czech TV Documentary, 2000
1121 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street

Saturday, April 26  
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
1 pm    Lecture: “Film Compositions of Aleš Březina” with Q&A
3 pm    Screening “Horem pádem” (Up and Down), 2004
5 pm    Public reception

Sunday, April 27    
2 pm       Lecture:  Aleš Březina’s Chamber Opera ‘Tomorrow will...’
1217 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street   

Information: Kate Hewson (608) 263-9290,,


Březina’s residency is sponsored by the UW-Madison Arts Institute and the School of Music. Partners include the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA); the Departments of Communication Arts, Slavic Languages, and History; and the Bolz Center for Arts Administration.


 April 23-27, 2008