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Music of Tomas Svoboda
(Honors, Awards & Achievements)
1957 Debut with FOK Prague Symphony; Vaclav Smetacek, cond.  World premiere of 36 min. Symphony No. 1 (of Nature), Op. 20; completed at age 16, without benefit of a formal education in composition or orchestration.

1962 Plzen Radio (Czech Republic) "Golden Tape Award" for BALLADE for Bassoon & Piano, Op. 35

1967 "Helen S. Anstead Award" in Composition (Los Angeles, CA)

1978 Completed "SYMPHONY No. 5 (in Unison), Op. 92", the first "unison" symphony in the history of music.

1981 Featured on the front cover of the prestigious Piano Quarterly magazine.

1982 Commissioned to write a work for the grand opening of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, OR) - FESTIVE OVERTURE, Op. 103.

1983 Commissioned to write a work for the grand opening of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Louisville, KY) - EX LIBRIS, Op. 113.

1983 "Branford Price Millar Award for Faculty Excellence" - Portland State University (OR).

1985 Commissioned by "ASCAP Foundation/Meet the Composer, Inc." to write a work for Aaron Copland's 85th birthday celebration in New York. (CHORALE in E flat for Piano Quintet, Op. 118.)

1985 "Composer of the Year" Award (Washington Music Teachers Association).

1992 "Composer of the Year" Award (Oregon Music Teachers Association).

1992 "Governor's Arts Award" (State of Oregon's highest honor for the arts)

1993 PhD dissertation: "A study of Tomas Svoboda's Nine Etudes in Fugue Style for Piano, Op. 44" [by Robert King]

1995 PhD dissertation: "The Piano Duets of Tomas Svoboda" [by Kenn Willson]

2001 American Record Guide "Critics' Choice Award" for Piano Trios CD recording.

2002 PhD dissertation: "A Performance Guide to Tomas Svoboda's Duo Concerto for Trumpet and Organ, Op. 152" [by Robert Murray]

2002 "Regional Arts & Culture Council" (RACC) $20,000 Fellowship Recipient

2003 "Grammy Award" nominations for the Oregon Symphony, James DePreist (cond.) and Niel DePonte (soloist), for their recording of Tomas Svoboda's CONCERTO for Marimba & Orchestra, Op. 148.


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