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Michal Novenko (b. 1962) at Prague, studied at The Prague Conservatoire and The Academy of Music and Arts at Prague, obtaining his diploma's and M. Art degrees in organ, composition, theory of music and orchestral conducting. He studied with Jaroslav Vodrážka (organ, improvisation) and František KovaříčekMichal Novenko (composition), among others, and then he continued his studies also with Jean Guillou (Paris), Helmut Rilling (Stuttgart) and Franco Donatoni (Siena). He was awarded several prizes for his compositions and for organ improvisation.

In 1986 he has been appointed as the youngest professor at the Prague Conservatoire (after a 3 years break, beeing rejected by the communist regime, he came back in 1990). Now, he is professor in organ improvisation and counterpoint.

Prof. Novenko also gives international masterclasses in his home country, at American Universities (San Antonio, Denton...) and he taught at the famous International school for the young organists at Oundle, Great Britain, among others. He has been invited judge in different organ competitions, too (Legnica - Poland, San Antonio - USA).

Prof. Novenko has given organ concerts throughout Europe, participating in major festivals like Sion (Switzerland - the world oldest playable organ), Arezzo (Italy), Freiberg (Germany), Oundle, Warwick (UK), Wroclaw, Klodzko (Poland), the Balearic Organ days (Spain)..., among others.
He also toured the USA several times, being repeatedly engaged for major recitals in  Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia (The Bach Festival of Philadelphia)... Another successful tours led him to Mexico, South Africa and Israel (Mexico City - Auditorio Nacional, Saltillo, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Jerusalem).

Mr. Novenko is active as an expert for historical organs.
His many recordings on CD's, for radio and TV already feature more than 100 (mostly historic) organs.

His discogaphy (Czech labels Supraphon, Panton, Carmelitan and the prestigious British label Priory Records ) includes early music (Fiori musicali by Frescobaldi, for example), music by Czech masters of 18th and 19th centuries (several world premiere recordings), works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Franck and also his own improvisations. As a composer, he has written both chamber and orchestral music, organ works and sacred music. His compositions have been performed by leading European artists.


Contact:

Táborská 65
140 00 Praha 4
Czech Republic, Europe

tel.: +420 - 241 740 297
tel.: +420 - 495 211 108
E-mail: novenko@iol.cz