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Ľubica Čekovská was born in 1975 in Humenné, Slovakia. She studied theory of music at the Academy of Performing Arts in 1993-1998 and composition with Prof. Dušan Martinček. During her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London she continued to study composition with Prof. Paul Patterson and participated in courses with Robert Saxton, Thomas Adès, Arvo Pärt and Harrison Birtwistle. She received the Cuthbert Nunn Composition Prize of the Royal Academy of Music (1998), Lewerhulme Award (1999), Elsie Owen Prize (1999) from the Royal Academy of Music, ISH Foundation Scholarship from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1998–2000) or Ján Levoslav Bella Prize for her composition Piano Concerto (2004, Slovak Music Fund). She was awarded by Tatra Bank Foundation Award 2013, or On 6 July 2021, she received a further award, the Slovakian Minister of Culture’s Prize for 2020. In the decision for this prize, Čekovská’s two operas “Dorian Gray” and “Impresario Dotcom” were particularly highlighted. Divadelné Dosky 2023 for Extraordinary Achievement in Musical Theatre, for his authorship of the opera Impresario Dotcom.

She is represented by Germany  based Baerenreiter Publishing Group.

Her works were performed at important festivals of contemporary music. In 2009 her composition “Turbulence” was chosen to be performed at ISCM World New Music Days festival in Sweden. In the same year she was commissioned by Slovak National Theater composed her first full/length operatic work, “Dorian Gray”, which was successfully premiered in Bratislava 2013, the world premiere was part of the ISCM World Music Days in Slovakia. In the 2010/2011 season she was a resident composer at the Philharmonic Orchestra Altenburg-Gera.

In 2020 her second full/lengh opera – buffa „Impresario Dotcom“ Fassung fur Bregenz  was succesfully premiered in Bregenz Festival.

She is currently working on her commission for Brno Opera House, to compose opera on english libretto „Here I am, Orlando“ (on novel by Virginia Woolf). The premiere will be on 14th June 2024 Janáček Opera Brno.

Upcomming events

15.12.2023

Bratislava, Mýtna 1, (SK)

Concert to celebrate 70th anniversary of Child and girls choir of Slovak radio
Ľ. Čekovská: Christmas market (world premiere), Jesus Christ was born

8.5.2023

Annaberg-Buchholz – (D)

Dorian Gray Suite
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6.5.2023

Annaberg-Buchholz – (D)

Dorian Gray Suite
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7.4.2023

Montpellier (Opéra Berlioz, Le Corum)

Lubica Cekovska: Palingenia (French premiere)
Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie, Conductor: Tomas Netopil

18.3.2023

Piacenza (IT)

Turbulence
conductor: Juraj Valčuha
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17.3.2023

Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” – Torino (IT)

Turbulence
conductor: Juraj Valčuha
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16.3.2023

Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” – Torino (IT)

Turbulence
conductor: Juraj Valčuha
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11.3.2023

Central Presbyterian Church Cambridge, KANADA

Shadowscale
conductor: Meaghan McCracken

10.3.2023

Harcourt United Church Guelph, KANADA

Shadowscale,
conductor: Meaghan McCracken

8.3.2023

First United Church Waterloo, KANADA

Shadowscale
conductor: Meaghan McCracken