Martin Klusák (b. 1987) is a young composer and sound artist based in Prague, Czech Republic, and currently is an MA degree student of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Having started as a film score composer and sound designer, he gradually became focused on concert and experimental works. Symbolism and inspiration in film speech are often the common aspects of his compositions.
So far he has cooperated with major Czech musical formations and productions (BERG new music orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Radio, etc.) and his pieces have been performed in the UK, France, Germany, and other European countries, as well as in the United States. His projects suceeded in a range of competitions, such as selection of Phonurgia Nova Awards 2016 in Paris, first prizes of the Prague Philharmonic Choir’s competition (Prague, 2012) and of “Generace” - competition of the Janáček May Festival for young composers of the Visegrad countries (Ostrava, 2014), awards for the best Czech electroacoustic compositions in the Musica Nova Competition (Prague, 2011, 2014), the audience prize in the Berg Orchestra’s competition (Prague, 2013), and other. Films with his original scores have been screened at major film festivals around the world, such as most recently at the Quinzaine des réalizateurs in Cannes (Happy End, dir. Jan Saska, 2016).
Currently he researches the audiovisual counterpoint and possible links and crossovers between musical composition and film. He is also a co-founder of Topos Kolektiv - a project that researches site-specific approaches to music.
In August 2016, the Electronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm was having Martin on an artistic residency, and in September 2016 his project Topos Kolektiv was invited to perform at the Neu Now festival for emerging artists in Amsterdam.