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David Eben

David Eben

David Eben is the founder and art director of the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis Ensemble. He has worked extensively in conducting Gregorian chant as well as teaching in the same field.



 

Born on the 6th of July 1965 in Prague, David Eben is the founder and art director of the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis Ensemble. He is the son of the famous Czech composer Petr Eben and the nephew of composer Ilya Hurnik.

He graduated in clarinet studies from Prague's Conservatory in 1986 before taking up musicology at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University where he specialised in medieval music in second form with focus on Gregorian chant. In 1991 he graduated from the Paris conservatory from a program in conducting Gregorian chant and in 1992 worked as conductor of the Choeur Gregorien de Paris Ensemble.

David Eben often visited the Solesmes Monastery, a centre of research into Gregorian chant, with the view of studying and consulting in that field. From 1993 he worked at the institute of musicology at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. Now, he regularly tutors in summer courses on theory and practise of Gregorian Chant in France and Switzerland.

He has a long term partnership with the Czech Radio, creating programs about Gregorian Chant.

Outside of his involvement in choral music, he is in a band with two of his brothers in which he plays wind instruments.