Daniel Skála (1981) studied the cimbalom at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, composition at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, and choir conducting at Ostrava University, where he also completed his doctoral studies in music theory and pedagogy. As a cimbalom player, he has received numerous awards at competitions both at home and abroad, and has also performed at many stages around the world, including the La Biennale festival in Venice, the opera festival in Bregenz, or New York’s Carnegie Hall. He regularly collaborates with leading artists and orchestras around the world. In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in the compositional methods of directed aleatoricism and highly developed programmes. This led to the creation of such evening-length projects Dreaming, Conversations, and the non-opera Red Nose.