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 (France, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Austria ao.), he was commissioned by ensembles such as Orchestr Berg, Prague Modern, MoEns and has worked with Kifu Mitsuhashi, Pamelia Kurstin, Pierre Strauch, David Danel and many other outstanding musicians, various choreographers, film directors etc. He worked with Jihočeská Filharmonie, Filharmonie Pardubice, Soloist NNovgorog. Jakub won various prizes for his compositions (among others the main prize Nuberg in 2014 and 2015) and was selected for artistic residencies (Czech Centre: 2014 - Wien, 2015 - Madrid).

In 2013-2014 he studied composition and new technology with Luis Naon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he also had the chance to take classes with Frédéric Durieux, Yan Maresz, Oriol Saladriguez, Tom Mays, Yan Geslin and Claude Ledoux. Jakub was selected by the teachers of new technologies at CNSMDP to take part at the Journées Nationales de la Musique Electroacoustique in Chalon sur Saone in 2014. Jakub participated in the ISA Academy, where he studied with Isabel Mundry and other outstanding musicians.

In Czech Republic, he studied composition with Hanuš Bartoň (2010-15) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he started his Phd studies this year with Luboš Mrkvička.

In 2015 he started to work as sound designer and musical director in the Czech Radio (Český Rozhlas). In the same year he founded Ensemble Terrible - an ensemble of young musicians based at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. With this ensemble Jakub organizes concerts to open the gates of the academy and the new generation of composers towards the public. Jakub speaks English, German, Spanish and French.


jak.rataj@gmail.com