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"Frantisek is a person of the highest musical standards, who works meticulously and with real commitment to artistic excellence. He has warm, engaging demeanour from the podium."

- Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

"His natural authority and authentic love for music make him a highly respected partner for all the orchestra members. He posses marvellous conducting skills, high social awareness - next to a fast and virtuoso understanding of musical structures."

- Alexander Liebreich,  Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta de Valencia 

Hailed for his "energy and intensity" (Prague Spring Festival), the young Czech conductor, František Macek, is gaining a reputation for his distinctive musicianship and commitment to artistic excellence.


František Macek has been appointed as Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta starting from the 2023-24 season. This follows his Slovakian debut with the orchestra at the Central European Music Festival Allegretto Žilina, for which he was awarded the festival's Main Prize in 2021, leading to a subsequent re-invitation. Previously, Macek won the NOSPR International Conducting Competition in Katowice, where he served as the Assistant Conductor to the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.


In 2020, František Macek became the Artistic Director of the international music festival "Hudba v zahradách a zámku Kroměříž" (Czech Republic), which is dedicated to classical music performances in UNESCO's Gardens and Castle in Kroměříž. In Spring 2021, Macek successfully debuted at the prestigious Prague Spring Festival with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and frequently collaborates with other Czech orchestras, including FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Pilsen Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, and Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice.


František Macek has rapidly established his international presence. Some recent debuts include collaborations with Orquesta de Valencia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Silesian Philharmonic Katowice, Kraków Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and others. Previously, he has also conducted Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Moscow Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Norrlands Operan Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Dalasinfoniettan, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.


During his studies, František Macek has developed a unique versatility in understanding musical styles and interpretations through his studies of Orchestra and Choir Conducting both in Prague at the Academy of Performing Arts and in Stockholm at the Royal College of Music, Organ in Kroměříž (Czech Republic), and Early Music at Collegium Marianum in Prague. He perfected his skills during masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Daniele Gatti, and Manfred Honeck, and served as a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Conducting Academy and the Gstaad Conducting Academy of the Menuhin Festival.

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