Yesterday, on 9 July 2018, conductor and music composer Erik Knirsch died at the age of 90.
Erik Knirsch was born on 11 June 1928 in Ostrava. He was led to music since childhood by his mother. During his studies at the Brno Conservatory, where he studied clarinet, he founded his first band. Already in the 4th grade of the Conservatory, he stood for the first time as a conductor in front of a big band, which he eventually led. And it was Knirsch who brought to the orchestra some so far unknown personalities of the Czech music scene – Eva Pilarová and Milan Chladil. From 1965 on, Knirsch became the conductor of the newly established Studio Brno Orchestra, and subsequently led it for a full 27 years. During his career, Knirsch devoted himself to conducting, radio work and composing songs as well as major compositions for orchestra. He died yesterday, on 9 July 2018, at the age of 90.