Ľubomír Burgr

Ľubomír Burgr graduated as a violinist from the Košice Conservatory. After completing his studies, he played the violin for the Jonáš Záborský Theatre in Prešov between 1985 and 1990. In 1986, he founded the legendary band Ali ibn Rachid with double bass player Martin Marinčák. In 1999, he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he majored in composition under Professor Ivan Parík. In 1991, he became a member of the Stoka Theatre, where he worked as an actor, musician, and composer. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Požoň Sentimental chamber orchestra and the group Vapori del Cuore, which plays improvised music. Burgr composes music for orchestra, solo instruments, as well as instrumental compositions. He has composed music for numerous theatre productions. He composed music for the plays by Blaho Uhlár and Miloš Karásek produced for the Theatre for Children and Youth in Trnava (The Penultimate Supper, TANAP), in Prešov (Vinegar), or the Na Kopánke Theatre in Trnava. He contributed as a composer and author also to the plays of the Stoka Theatre (Impasse, Donarium, Deep Enough, Heather, Nobody, but a Seagull Will Dip Its Feet in my Tears). Burgr’s musical production includes also chamber compositions A Scream in the Dark (2002), Out of Picture (2003). In 2000, he teamed up with former members of Stoka (Martin Burlas, Monika Čertezni, Ingrid Hrubaničová, Márius Kopcsay, Zuzana Piussi) to establish the Association for Contemporary Opera, an independent platform to produce and present original and unconventional Slovak operas. Burgr successfully transferred the poetics of the Stoka Theatre to his experimentation with the opera genre. For the Association for Contemporary Opera, he composed original Slovak operas Death in the Kitchen (2000) and Tête-à-tête (2002). The SkRAT Theatre then drew on the activities of the Association. In 2003, Burgr co-founded the A4 – Zero Space, a centre for contemporary culture, where he has been the artistic and production director, as well as a dramaturg of the SkRAT Theatre. As a director, he has collaborated with the independent Theatre on the Platform.