Ladislav Zelenka - cellist
"I'm you, tuners, I'm amazed that you play with us, such an artist!" said he would say to his teammates in the quartet Ladislav Zelenka Czech composer Josef Suk. Cellist Ladislav Zelenka was the youngest member of the quartet, although in the words of the Master Suk maybe it was after all just kind of at least a pinch of humor, not just expressing particular recognition to the great master play his colleague.
Ladislav Zelenka was a native of Modřany lived there but only the first few years of his childhood. His parents soon moved to Prague in the Lesser Town, where his father upholsterer could better ensure the work and little Ladislav remained six years in Modřany in the care of his grandmother. Only after two years, mainly because of school attendance, he moved with his parents in the Lesser Town. All my other life lived in the house Lesser Three bells in Mostecka.
Small Ladislav was apparently quite an ordinary boy, and "Literno 'courses at the school said were not his strong suit. But in "Renthausu" průchodním old palace on the Lesser Marketplace, sit tight. You could have at least occasionally hear world-renowned virtuoso Franz Ondricek. Father of the famous violinist taught Ladislav playing the violin and after eight years of private study musically gifted boy is no longer able to successfully participate in entrance examinations to Prague konzevatoř.
Tests as a future professor Zelenka attended by the then great and renowned cellist Hanus Wihan chamber player. She studied violin patnáctiletého heard even more carefully studied the his hands - and decided that Ladislav is the conservatory in his class to study the cello.
After graduating masterclasses famous cellist Hugo Becker in Frankfurt / M Ladislav Zelenka retired in 1904 as professor of music in Odessa, where she lived large Czech community. There was a number of excellent musicians and musical ensembles originated here, which grew Czech musical tradition. Ladislav Zelenka became a member of Ševčíková String Quartet, where his teammate was the Jan Kocian. In Odessa Ladislav Zelenka also met his future wife Anna Nečadovou, daughter manufacturer of mechanical music machines, with which the holidays in 1908 in Prague, married. Odessa, then finally abandoned in 1911 and returned to Bohemia.
In his thirty years Ladislav Zelenka was already highly respected cellist. Attested by the fact that it was offered to him, the famous Czech Quartet, the Cello in a bunch at first only represented, and later completely replaced his former professor Hanus Wihan, the sixties and in weak health, frequent foreign travel and tour the Bohemian Quartet is already too exhausted . Ladislav Zelenka recalled later that year with the Czech Quartet held to one hundred and twenty concerts and a string quartet Bedrich Smetana From My Life played abroad more than dvoutisíckrát ...
After 1 World War II restored the Czech Quartet concert their activities in full, its players but later added teaching responsibilities. Ladislav Zelenka was in 1922 appointed first professor of chamber music at the conservatory in Prague, since 1928 has been full professor of cello at the conservatory and higher department since 1936, became a full professor at the local school master. She later became a high school - the Academy of Performing Arts, where he Ladislav Zelenka even as its rector. His students were also Ivan Večtomov or Pravoslav Lard. About Zelenkova kantorském operations from shortly after World War l., Mrs. Dvorakova mentioned, the widow of Antonin Dvorak whose flat sided with a class of Ladislav Zelenka: "tuners - that there is raging: singing, pounding beat, screaming ..."
Ladislav Zelenka, who was for years considered the best performer of the famous Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, the long was also a member of the last living survivors of the Czech Quartet. Its importance in the music world and congratulations show you to your birthday pětasedmdesátým came from perhaps the most famous player on the cello - Pablo Casals: "My dear colleague, I am sorry that I come so late with the wishes of your pětasedmdesátce. I make it is up today with love and admiration and in memory of the famous Czech Quartet, which gave me so much musical joy. "
(sorry because of the bad translation, the page was in Czech and was translated by Google)