Ondřej Štochl (b. 1975) studied the viola (1989 – 1995) and the composition (1992 – 1996) at the conservatoire in Prague. He continued his studies under prof. Marek Kopelent at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (1997 – 2003). During his studies, he took part in various courses for the composers – under these lectors: Zygmunt Krauze, Paul Méfano, Vinko Globokar, Osvaldas Balakauskas or Guy Reibel. Simultaneously, he was getting a lot of experience in performing contemporary music.
His works include chamber and orchestral pieces, sometimes with vocal or electronic element. He is artistic leader and viola player of the „Ensemble Konvergence“ and chairman of the composers group of the same name. He works on its projects as a dramaturgist of its concerts series and they take part in festivals of (not only) contemporary music (ENH Brno 2004, Forfest Kroměříž 2002, Mélos-Étos Bratislava 2003, Unerhörte Musik Berlin 2007, Prague premieres 2008, Prague spring 2009…). As a composer, he also took part in ISCM World music days 2007 in Hong-Kong as a representative of the Czech republic. Among interprets of his compositions (abroad and in the Czech republic) are various chamber groups (for example Luxembourg Sinfonietta, Ensemble Bern Modern, Moens Ensemble), soloists (Petr Nouzovský – violoncello, Karel Dohnal – clarinet, Cécille Boiffin – vibraphone, Iris Gerber or David Kalhous – piano) and orchestras (Moravian philharmony Olomouc, Prague chamber orchestra).