Oldrich Vlcek is a Czech violinist and conductor born (in Byk, Czechoslovakia) on May 18, 1939. (I could not find Byk on a map of Czechoslovakia so I don’t know where it is.) He is known for having recorded over 200 CDs with various European chamber orchestras, although the vast majority (on various labels) have been with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Virtuosi di Praga. He has also performed with some of the most outstanding soloists of our time, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Josef Suk, Sergey Krylov, and Placido Domingo. Among his distinguished accomplishments has been his appointment (in 2004) as one of the principal conductors of the orchestra of the Estates Theatre in Prague. You can read a little more about this famous theatre here. After studying with Bohumila Kotmela, Vlcek was a pupil of Nora Grumlikova at the Prague Academy of Art (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague - film director Milos Forman [aka Jan Tomas Kohn] also studied there.) Vlcek also studied conducting with Vaclav Neumann, the chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (1968-1990). He was appointed concertmaster and conductor of the Prague Chamber Orchestra (established in 1951) in 1980. In 1990, he re-established the Virtuosi di Praga. He is given credit for quite successfully navigating (with this ensemble) the hard economic times that came upon Czechoslovakia after the fall of the Communist regime in 1990. He had actually founded the Virtuosi di Praga in 1976 but the orchestra had disbanded for reasons I know nothing about. Besides Czechoslovakia, Vlcek has also guest conducted in Europe, Korea, and Canada. As leader and soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Virtuosi di Praga, Vicek has toured worldwide. His very interesting recording of the Four Seasons is here. You can hear Vlcek play Vivaldi here.