Jakub Rataj u RaketonuFoto: Eva Kesslová/Orchestr BERG
Jakub Rataj (*1984) is a Czech composer of orchestral, chamber and electro-acoustic music. His work includes interactive sound installations and performances inspired by the human body, movement, breath, pulse and gesture. Jakub is a member of O.E.M. ARTS - a Czech art group comprising of and connecting contemporary artists from the fields of sound performance, animation, and light design - where he's playing electric guitar and processing sound by using sensors.
His compositions have been performed on many concerts and festivals (Czech Rep., France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, China etc.), he was commissioned by ensembles such as Orchestr Berg, Prague Modern, MoEns and has worked with various choreographers, film directors and animators.
In 2013-2014 he studied composition and new technology with Luis Naon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In Czech Republic, he is studying composition with Hanuš Bartoň at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He took classes, among others, with Isabel Mundry, Frédéric Durieux, Yan Maresz, Yan Geslin, Oriol Saladrigues and Tom Mays. In 2014 he was awarded the main price Nuberg for the piece Proraketon (for Raketon and chamber orchestra) commissioned by the Orchestr Berg.