Jan Vičar (1949) devotes himself to composition, musicology, pedagogical and organisation work. Apart from other things, he was a professor at the Palacký University in Olomouc and the editor in chief of the leading Czech music journal Hudební rozhledy (Music Review). He has published a number of scientific studies and theoretical books, lectured at universities in the United States and he founded the international festival of contemporary music, MusicOlomouc. His compositions are performed both in the Czech Republic and abroad and are published on CD and in print. He is a professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.