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    instructed in the basics of violin, viola and flute playing by his father

  • 1935 – 1939

    Academy of Music and Drama (violin – Gustáv Náhlovský, piano – E. Lepešová)

  • 1939

    completed studies at secondary grammar school in Prague

  • 1941 – 1946

    State Conservatory in Prague (conducting – Zdeněk Chalabala, choir conducting – Vojtěch Bořivoj Aim, solo singing – Běla Chalabalová-Rozumová), simultaneously seminars in musicology at Charles University in Prague

  • 1946 – 1947

    assistant to the conductor Z. Chalabala in Theatre of the Land Opera Ensemble in Ostrava (today the National Moravian-Silesian Thearte)

  • 1948 – 1962

    conductor of the opera in the Town Theatre in Ústí nad Labem (today the South Bohemian Theatre of Opera and Ballet)

  • from 1962

    conductor of the Slovak National Theatre Opera (1976 – 1984 conductor-in-chief)

  • 1969 – 2001

    founder, conductor, artistic director and dramaturge of the Chamber Opera Orchestra (from 1971 name changed to Camerata Slovaca)

  • 1977 – 1981

    permanent guest conductor of the Vienna Volksoper

  • from 1981

    lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (opera conducting, study of opera repertoire)

  • 1994 – 1997

    co-founder and conductor-in-chief of the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava


Viktor Málek has been a guest at the National Theatre in Prague, National Theatre in Brno, etc. He has collaborated with Czechoslovak Television in Bratislava (series of TV opera productions) and with Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava.