Czech composer Jan Jirasek (b. 1955) was awarded the prestigious Czech Lion Award for his film music in Wild Flowers and An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World. His work has been represented at numerous venues and festivals throughout the world since 1989, and he has taught at several prestigious universities in Europe and the US. Over the last 40 years, the JITRO children's choir have toured extensively, performing over 2,800 concerts worldwide and recorded over 30 albums. The choir has been directed and conducted by Jiri Skopal since 1977.