The composer and pianist Ľubica Čekovská was born in 1975 in the town of Humenné, Slovakia. In 1998, she graduated with honors from the Slovak Academy of Performing Arts specializing in music theory. During her studies she took composition classes with Professor Dušan Martinček. She pursued her postgraduate studies in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Paul Patterson. During her studies at the RAM, she obtained two full scholarships and the Manson Bequest Prize. She continued her musical education with compositi­on courses lead by Robert Saxton, Thomas Adèse, Arvo Pärt and Harrison Birtwistle. She is represented by the prestigious Germany based Bärenreiter Publishing Group.

Since September 2010, she is “Composer in residence” in Gera, Germany, where she successfully premiered her Violin concerto by the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg- Gera conducted by Howard Arman with soloist Milan Pala.

At the Prague Spring Festival in May 2013, the renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson premiered Ľubica´s work for solo piano as commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation.

Ľubica´s genre scope is exceptionally broad; in addition to being a classical music composer she writes scenic music (Mínus dvaja, Studio L+S, Bratislava; Othello, Kentauri, Astorka, Bratislava; S mamou, Slovak National Theatre; Mám okno, Niekto to rád slovenské, RND, Bratislava; Altánek, Ypsilonka, Prag) and film music (Slečna Dušehojivá, Dnes mam prvé randevu, Kruté radosti and others...). Recently she has written music for the Czecho-Slovak detective television series Kriminalka Staré mesto. For many years she had performed as jazz pianist in the style of the twenties and thirties.

Since September 2000, she is a lecturer at the Department of Music Theory and Department of Composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2008, she became a member of the Art Council of the Prague Spring Festival.

Several of Ľubica´s works were performed at prestigious festivals of contemporary music: the David Oistrach Festival in Pârnu, Estonia, the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Melos Etos Festival in Bratislava, the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, the Prague Spring Festival, the ISCM World New Music Days and many others...   

The world premiere of her composition Turbulence for a Large Symphony Orchestra was broadcast by BBC 3.

Her compositions were released on various albums including her own album Passing Impressions (Hevhetia, Slovakia).

Prizes and awards

2004 The Ján Levoslav Bella Prize for the piece Piano Concerto

2000 The Mosco Carner Award for Turbulence

2000 The Leverhulme Award

1999 The Cuthbert Nunn Composition Prize of the Royal Academy of Music, London for Fragment and Elegies for Solo Bayan

1999 Elsie Owen Prize of the Royal Academy of Music, London

1998-2000 The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust 


- Opera Dorian Gray, libretto Kate Pullinger for the Slovak National Theater. Premiere November 2013

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