Andrej Kalinka

Andrej Kalinka graduated from the Conservatory in Žilina, where he studied conducting under the leadership of Professor Štefan Sedlický and composition under Pavol Krška. He continued his studies privately with other pedagogues in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He started his career as a musician in jazz and underground bands. In 1996, he began composing and performing for various theatre companies and theatres in Slovakia and abroad. In his work, Kalinka focuses on the musical and dramatic genre in all its forms. Since 2005, he has collaborated with the puppeteer, director, and puppet maker Ivan Martinka (The Night of Light and Darkness, directed by Jozef Krasula, 2005). In 2013, their collaboration resulted in the establishment of the creative association Honey and Dust, whose key members include – besides Ivan Martinka and Andrej Kalinka – the visual artist and stage designer Juraj Poliak, poet and double bass player Michal Mikuláš. Kalinka also participated in the creation of other devised independent projects, such as The Frog and Jupiter, The Third Colour of Eva, Roots and Other Shapes, The Cradle and the Cross I and II, Froth on the Daydream, and A Soul Full of People. He composed music to more than fifty productions (The Blue Bird; Mandragora; The Divine Comedy; The Twits; Mojmír II, or the Twilight of an Empire; The Bride of the Ridge; Ján Amos’s Labyrinths and Paradises, The Master and Margarita, among others). Later on, he started writing librettos and directing (Epos, The Passion of Bartimaeus, Home Eros Faith, Beauty and Filth, King, EU.Genus, Uninteresting Scream, among others). His works were presented in numerous countries, such as Thailand, Russia, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, among others. He has won numerous awards for his work both in Slovakia and abroad. For his music to the production The Master and Margarita (Teatro Tatro, 2013), Kalinka won the Tatrabanka Foundation Art Award in 2015.