To protect the health and safety of our community and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition has been postponed until 2021. An alternate date is not yet planned at this time.
The Miroslav Pansky Memorial Competition was established in 2007 by the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. The event continues as an enduring tribute to an artist who profoundly influenced the cultural life of our community.
Maestro Pansky, born in 1933 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music with honors in violin, conducting and composition. After successfully launching a conducting career and completing a period of opera study in Monte Carlo, he emigrated to the United States in 1968. Soon afterward he was appointed music director of the Los Angeles Congress of Strings. Pansky came to Green Bay in 1972 as artistic director and conductor of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, a long-established community ensemble. He held the post for 23 years, bringing the orchestra to an enviable level of performance.
During his tenure, Pansky also fulfilled engagements with orchestras and opera companies far from Green Bay. They included appearances as guest conductor of symphony orchestras in Milan, Sorrento and Taormina, Italy, in Athens, and in Seoul, Korea. Guest conductor commitments closer to home took him to New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Winnipeg, Canada.
In 1985 Pansky founded the Pamiro Opera. Over 20 years under his direction, Pamiro mounted some 30 operas, providing young professionals from across the country the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions with musicians from the area.
Soon after coming to Green Bay, Pansky also organized and directed an orchestra program for school-age musicians: a youth symphony, a junior youth symphony, and a string orchestra. In weekly rehearsals and regular concerts over many years, he savored the joy of nurturing talent and of engaging the energy and enthusiasm of youth. Under his guidance, scores of young musicians were inspired to persist in the path to outstanding achievement.
In the same spirit, the competition is held every two years as an integral part of the Civic Symphony’s educational mission. The first auditions were held in October 2008, and the two first-place winners performed as soloists with the orchestra in February 2009.