Josef Suk (composer)Josef Suk (January 4, 1874 - May 29, 1935) was a Czech composer and violinist.
Suk was born in Krecovice. He studied at Prague Conservatory from 1885 to 1892, where he was a pupil of Antonín Dvorák (he married Dvorak's daughter in 1898). He formed the Czech Quartet with three of his fellow students - Suk played second violin with them for most of his life. From 1922 he taught at the Prague Conservatory where his pupils included Bohuslav Martinu. He died in Benesov.
Suk's early works show the influence of Dvorak and Johannes Brahms, while later pieces use more extended harmonies to create a more personal and complex style. Unlike many of his countrymen, he made little use of Czech folk music. His best known works are probably the youthful Serenade for Strings (1892) and the symphony, Asrael (1906), a work written in response to the deaths of his wife and Dvorak. Other pieces include the Fairy Tale Suite (1900), the cycle of piano works Things Lived and Dreamed (1909), and the trilogy of symphonic poems A Summer's Tale (1909), The Ripening (1917) and Epilog (1929, for chorus and orchestra).
Suk was the grandfather of the violinist Josef Suk.