Winner of the Silver Medal for Excellence - Audience Choice for Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film at the Park City Film Music Festival 2006 , the soundtrack for Rounding First is a wonderfully evocative score, sensitively written , with an emotional depth that is at times truly breathtaking . Hearing the score brings one back immediately to a simpler, more nostalgic time . Truly a score worthy of such a wonderful film ! Behind this beautiful score is composer Ludek Drizhal...

 

Ludek Drizhal : Official Biography

 

Born in Prague , Czechoslovakia , Ludek began his studies in violin at age five under the supervision of internationally recognized teachers such as Josef Müller (Principal Violinist of the Prague Radio Symphony.) He began performing recitals and concerts by the age of nine, and rapidly became recognized as a child prodigy. With the knowledge he acquired while studying violin, Ludek discovered an affinity and insatiable desire for improvisation at the piano. By age ten, he began to cultivate his improvisations into fully structured compositions.

 

In addition to being classically trained at the prestigious institutions of Vorsilska School of Music in Prague, the University of Texas at Austin, and USC Thornton School of Music , Ludek's list of musical experiences ranges from Gypsy music to Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues and Rock. As a result, he is equally comfortable writing for any type of ensemble in any genre or style.

His ambition to become a film composer first struck while listening to Elmer Bernstein's breathtaking score to the film, The Magnificent Seven. Little did he know, as a small boy in Czechoslovakia , that one day he would not only attend, but also lecture a t The University of Southern California - the very same institution where Mr. Bernstein himself taught.


Ludek began to pursue studies in Music Composition and had the good fortune to study under some of the most respected composers in the world, such as the winner of The Guggenheim Fellowship and the Prix de Rome, Kevin Puts, Pacific Symphony Composer-in-Residence, Frank Ticheli, the Charles Ives Living Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Stephen Hartke, and others. Since then he has written stylistically wide-ranging film scores, countless original songs, incidental music for theater productions, and numerous orchestral and chamber ensemble concert pieces, many of which have received critical acclaim.

 

 

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