Michal Novenko (1962)
has been a versatile musician since his studies at the Prague Conservatoire and the Academy of Musical Arts. Apart from organ and improvisation he has studied composition, conducting and a musical theory. He studied organ with the professor Jaroslav Vodrážka, before completing master courses with Jean Guillou (Paris). He has enhanced his performance of Bach works by attending Helmut Rilling conducting courses. Novenko was awarded several prizes for his compositions and for the organ improvisation (Czech Music Fund award, Opava organ competition…). Since 1990 he has been appointed Professor at the Prague Conservatoire. Prof. Novenko also has led the international organ masterclasses in England (Oundle) and in the USA (Denton, San Antonio, Miami). He has given many concerts in his home country and abroad. He has performed in most European countries, in the USA and Mexico, in Israel and South Africa (at such major festivals as Prague, Sion, Arezzo, Rome, Oundle, Philadelphia, Mexico City etc.). Since his student days he has intensively documented and publicized historical organs. His many recordings on CD and for radio and television already feature more than 130 instruments. In addition to the general organ repertoire he devotes himself to improvisation. Also, many unknown pieces from ancient Czech manuscripts are an important part of his repertoire.