Ladislav Kubík was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1946. He studied composition and music theory at the Prague Academy of Music, receiving his Master’s degree in 1970 and DM equivalent in 1980. His compositional career has achieved prominence through 16 international and national awards which include the Guggenheim Fellowship, distinction at the International Rostrum of Composers UNESCO in Paris for Lament of a Warrior’s Wife (1974) and Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra (1978); the Intervision Prize for the television ballet Song of Man (1986); 1st Prize in the International Franz Kafka Composition Competition for Der Weg (1993); 1st Prize in the U.S. NACWPI Composition Contest for Two Episodes for Bass Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1995); 2nd Prize in the World Music Contest, Kerkrade, Netherlands, for Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1995); and 2nd Prize in the New England Chamber Music Competition in Boston for Angels and Airplanes (1998). Two times he was awarded the Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (1998, 2005). In addition to these awards, he was a finalist of Prix Italia, Venice (1977); International New Music Competition, Miami (1989); and a semi-finalist of the Leonard Bernstein International Competition, Jerusalem (1997).
Kubík’s works have been commissioned by Radio France, String Quartet No.1 (1981) and Concerto Grosso (1987); the Salzburg Festival (through the assistance of the Mozarteum Foundation, Austria), Divertimento No.1, “Bläserharmonie” for Winds (1988); Centro para la Difúsion de la Música Contemporánea, Madrid, Spain, Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1988); Centre International de la Musique pour Voix d’Enfants, Paris, France, The Blue Bird (1989); the Czech Music Fund, Wolkeriana (1982), Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1983), To the Earth of Future (1984); Florida Music Teachers Association, Elegy in Two Movements (1995), and other prominent organizations.. He has received grants from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, State of Florida, Michigan State University and Florida State University.
Besides commissions, awards, and grants, Kubík has also gained international attention through acclaimed performances of his music in 24 countries of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Kubík has served as an adjudicator for various international and national competitions, such as the Queen Marie José International Composition Competition, Geneva, Switzerland (1986); the International Chamber Music Contest, Paris, France (1985); Concorso Accademia Briccialdi, Rome, Italy (1981, 1983, 1985); Prix Italia. Lecce, Italy (1981); Prague Spring International Music Competition, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1986); International Trumpet Guild Composition Contest (1993); The Percussion Art Society Composition Competition, USA (1993); and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Competition, USA (1992, 1993). With the support of the Florida State University, he sponsors his own contest, The Ladislav Kubík International Prize in Composition, which since 1995 has rapidly developed as one of the major composition contests world-wide, attracting young composers from more than 30 countries.
Since 1994, he also has been President of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and Artistic Director and lecturer of the yearly CASMI International Summer Program in Composition in Prague, Czech Republic.
In 1991, Kubík accepted a faculty position as Professor of Composition at the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. At FSU he developed a vibrant composition studio, as proven by numerous awards of his students in various national and international competitions. Prior to joining the FSU faculty he taught at both the Prague Conservatory and Charles University of Prague, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also worked for Czechoslovak Radio and the Association of Czech Composers and Concert Artists. At the Florida State University he serves as Chairman of the FSU Biennial Festival of New Music.
Ladislav Kubík's compositions are published by Triga/Schott Musik International and his compact discs are produced by Col-legno.
Composer Ladislav Kubik is a citizen of the United States of America.