Ľubo Burgr

He studied violin playing at the Conservatoire in Košice and in 1996–1999 composition at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava. In 1985–1990 he played in the Jonáš Záborský Theatre Orchestra in Prešov, in 1986 he and Martin Marinčák founded the band Ali Ibn Rachid which in the 1990s significantly influenced the development of Slovak alternative music, in 1995 he became a member of the ensemble Požoň Sentimental. He composes pieces for orchestra, solo instruments as well as instrumental compositions. He is the composer of the operas Smrť v kuchyni / Death in the Kitchen (2000) and Tête-à-tête (2002), and the author of music and lyrics of many theatre productions. In 1991 he joined the Stoka Theatre as a musician, composer, author of lyrics, singer and actor. In 2000 he and his colleagues founded the Association for Contemporary Opera, accompanied by the activities of the newly founded SkRAT Theatre (2004) in which Burgr works as an author, director, actor and composer.