Czech Music in Exile
With Rafael Kubelik
was born on November 10, 1926, in Krasne Brezno, Czechoslovakia. During 1946-1949, he studied musicology at Charles University in Prague and privately orchestration and conducting with Otakar Jeremias. In 1949, he left his native Czechoslovakia and for the next several years (1950-1952) he worked as music program director of the Czechoslovak Section of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany. In 1952, Zajicek immigrated to the United States and in 1958 he became American citizen. In the US, he continued his music education with Karel Boleslav Jirak, first privately (1952-1955) and later at the Roosevelt University in Chicago (1955-1958). He completed his composition studies under Paul Pisk (1959-1960). From 1964-1996, Zajicek taught composition and conducting at the Loop College, Chicago. In 1998, he received honorary citizenship from the City of Hrochuv Tynec. Jeronym Zajicek died on October 5, 2007, at Lyons, Illinois.
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