Zuzana Růžičková

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Zuzana Růžičková

Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia (Czech Republic)
Death: September 27, 2017 (90)
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)
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Daughter of Jaroslav Ruzicka and Leopoldina Růžičková
Wife of Viktor Kalabis

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About Zuzana Růžičková

Zuzana Růžičková (Czech pronunciation: [%CB%88zuzana ˈruːʒɪt͡ʃkovaː]) (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017) was an award-winning harpsichordist, whose work garnered acclaim around the world. Born in Czechoslovakia, where she lived her entire life, Růžičková was an interpreter of classical and baroque music. She was the first harpsichordist to record J. S. Bach's complete works for keyboard. These recordings were made over ten years in the 1960s and 1970s for Erato Records, and were remastered and newly released in 2016 by Warner Records/Erato. She was the wife of the Czech composer Viktor Kalabis. As a teenager, Růžičková was imprisoned in the Terezin ghetto and Auschwitz, and was then transported to the Bergen-Belsen death camp. She was liberated in April 1945 and returned to Plzeň later that year.

Růžičková and Kalabis both refused to join the Communist regime of Czechoslovakia that held power from 1948 to 1989, and they were consistently harassed as a result. Růžičková performed across the world for 50 years; she made over 100 records; and taught such prominent musicians as Christopher Hogwood, Ketil Haugsand, Jaroslav Tůma, Monika Knoblochová, Vaclav Luks, and Mahan Esfahani.



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Zuzana Růžičková's Timeline

January 14, 1927
Pilsen, Czechia (Czech Republic)
September 27, 2017
Age 90
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)