Libor Šmoldas was born on February 17, 1982 in Olomouc, but has lived in Prague since his childhood. He devoted himself to music at an early age, starting with the recorder and trumpet, then beginning to play guitar when he was twelve. After initial forays into rock and blues he began to take an interest in jazz, mainly due to his fascination with the recordings of Charlie Parker. At sixteen he was already appearing in Prague jazz clubs with the blues band of American singer Phil Speat, as well as at Sunday jam sessions at U Malého Glena. He took guitar lessons from Josef Kůstka, Luboš Andršt, Zdeněk Fišer and Petr Zelenka. After finishing primary school he attended the Evropská High School of Music in Prague before being admitted to the jazz guitar department of the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory as a student of Jiř�- Šindler in 2001. Two years later he transferred into the Conservatory’s newly-opened Post-Secondary School, which is directed by Jarom�-r Honzák. There he studied under Petr Binder, Josef Štěpánek and David Dorůžka; after graduating he himself became a professor of guitar, ensemble performance and rhythm training.
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“One of the fastest-rising talents on the Prague jazz scene.”
The Prague Post
“ From beginning to end, “In New York On Time” proves to be a masterful
display of compositional creativity, group interplay, and musical integrity.....
The excitement from the musicians is palpable. “
-All About Jazz, NYC
“ CD “In New York On Time” should help to significantly expand Libor
Šmoldas' fan base beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. “
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