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      Michal Nejtek was born on April 20th 1977 in Litomerice (North Bohemia). He studied the piano and composition at the Conservatory of Teplice. Then he continued his studies in composition with Svatopluk Havelka at the Music faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (1998 – 2003), and graduated with the chamber opera Dementia Preacox. He was commissioned to write music for the Warsaw Autumn Friends Foundation  (Distress Sonata; performed by the Katowice New Music Orchestra at the Warsaw Autumn Festival 2002), for Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002 (Thorn Into The Flesh) and for Klangspuren Festival 2006 (Frame Dreams). In 2003 the Dutch group DE VOLHARDING commissioned a piece from him for their Prague appearance (Irritating Of Inland; premiered in the ARCHA Theatre 2003).

      He has been working with the group The Plastic People of the Universe - he produced the orchestral version of the project based on texts by Ladislav Klíma Obešel já polí pět [I Have Gone Five Fields]) (premiere in 2002 in the ROXY club, Prague) and did the arrangement for the legendary Pašijové hry [Passion Play] (premiere in the ARCHA Theatre Prague, April 2004). Among his major works is the stage madrigal Lamenti for five voices and seven instruments (thematically based on a fragment of the Lamentations of Ariadne by Claudio Monteverdi), which like the opera Dementia Praecox was directed by Jiří Heřman. Recently he has also been writing stage music (U cíle [On Target], directed by Arnošt Goldflam, prem. 2004, Komedie Theatre; Klářiny vztahy [Clara's Relationships], directed by Ivan Řezáč, prem. 2005, Švanda Theatre; Milada, directed by Jiří Ornest, prem. 2007, Na Zábradlí Theatre; Exit 89, directed by Jiří Havelka, prem. 2008, Archa Theatre; Radúz a Mahulena, directed by SKUTR, prem. 2011, National Theatre Brno; Medea, directed by Braňo Mazúch, prem. 2011, Lubuski Theatre, Zielona Gora etc.).

      Since 1998, he has been active as a pianist, composer and repertory planner in the AGON Ensemble, which in May 2002 gave a profile concert of his pieces in the Archa Theatre. Since 1995 he has played in Prague jazz groups. Now he plays keyboards in jazz and rock bands(NTS, Face Of The Bass, Limbo, David Koller Band, Michal Pavlíček).

      In  1998 - 2008 he taught music theory and piano improvisation at the Conservatory in Teplice, in 2006 – 2010 he taught history of jazz and composition at VOŠ Jaroslava Ježka in Prague. He occasionally contributes reviews to the magazine Harmonie. He regards composing and playing music as something like an adventurous walk in the jungle, and that is why he enjoys it.