In 2001 he left to become director of the Prague Spring and was replaced at the head of the FOK by Mgr.
He left a permanent mark on Czech musical life, and headed the FOK for a full 36 years (up to 1972).
A whole range of other Czech conductors have worked with the FOK.
In the Nineties, after the departure of Martin Turnovsky, Gaetano Delogu from Italy worked with the FOK as principal conductor for a while, while several interesting Czech guests alternated with him on the stand (Libor Pesek, Zdenek Macal).
The FOK Concert Agency was founded in 1962 as a practical agency for Prague.
FOK and its agency have brought myriad world virtuosos to Prague.
Those who have had FOK contracts include the violinists Vaclav Hudecek, Ivan Straus and Ivan Zenaty, the pianists Mirka Pokorna and Emil Leichner, the cellist Stanislav Apolin, and the violist Lubomir Maly.
The list of names has changed, musicians come and gone, but FOK has remained the biggest "home" music institution.
Unfortunately not all ensembles know how to do this, but the FOK is an excellent example in this respect.