Bohdan Warchal

Bohdan Warchal was trained as a violinist at the Academy of Music and Drama in Brno. In 1957 he was appointed leader of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava and in 1960 founded the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, of which he is artistic director and soloist. In 1969 he was awarded the title Artist of Merit and in 1983 that of National Artist by the government of what was formerly Czechoslovakia.