Antonín Dvořák ( 8.9.1841-1.5.1904)
acknowledged as the most famous of Czech composers. His work constitutes an essential part of the repertoire of orchestral and chamber ensembles and opera houses all over the world. He is the most prominent representative of Czech music in its most characteristic attribute, that of melody. He is also revered as an excellent teacher, having educated a whole new generation of distinguished composers in his masterclasses, which he held until his death in 1904.
Josef Suk (4. 1. 1874 - 29. 5. 1935)
arguably the most famous amongst Dvořák's disciples. His astounding creative development spanned his career, from its beginnings, reflecting the influence of his beloved master (and subsequently father-in-law), exemplified by sparkling, youthful gems such as his Serenade for strings, to his more mature, large-scale symphonic compositions in which he grappled with issues of life and death- the best known example of which is his Symphony for Large Orchestra, "Asrael", composed in the aftermath of his double bereavement, upon the death of Dvořák and the premature demise of his young wife, Dvořák's daughter Otylka.