Jarmila Mazourová

(born in1941 in Prostějov, Czech Republic), composer. She studied composition with Vilém Petrželka, Ctirad Kohoutek and Jan Kapr at the Janáček Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Brno, piano at the Conservatory in Brno. She has been working as a teacher of composition and as a pianist (piano accompaniment) in Brno since 1963. She composed a lot of instructive music, chamber, vocal, orchestral and incidental music. She was influenced at first by Stravinskij, Prokofjev, Janáček, Bartók, Debussy and Ravel in her compositions. This awoke her interest in rhythm, timbre and great deal of expression. Her compositions are often played at the Czech music schools and in the children music competitions.
Selected works: A symphonic dialogue for piano and orchestra (1963); Inventions for flute, violin and dulcimer (1964)Burlesque for trumpet and piano (1965); Three methamorphoses for dulcimer (1987); Four inventions for dulcimer (1995); Winter preludes for recorder and piano, Eastern dance for recorder and piano (1972); Short pieces for violin and piano (1976); Ballad for clarinet and piano (1976); Three moods for recorder and piano (1977)
Awards: the prize of the Ministry of Culture in 1973 for Autumn Suite; The international composers´ competition for dulcimer concert music in Valašské Meziříčí; 2nd price in 2001 for Inventions for Flute, Violin and dulcimer. Her composition Three Dialogues for Two Dulcimers became an obligatory piece in the interpreters´ competition by this festival.