Miroslav Vitous came to the U.S. in 1966, and
quickly became a part of the New York jazz scene.
Founding member of the widely influential group,
Weather Report, a legacy of music produced with Wayne Shorter & Joe Zawinul.
Vitous is a featured soloist on Chick Corea's
album 'Now He Sings, Now He Sobs' Blue Note album.
Experience the cream of the crop in classical
CD-ROM samples with Vitous' Symphonic Orchestra Samples.
Welcome to the official Miroslav Vitous site. You can explore various aspects of the great
bassist's life and career, explore his albums and sound collections and view his concert schedule.
Many gifted musicians start playing at an early age, and Vitous began playing the violin at the age
of six. He subsequently played the piano at age 10, before settling on the bass at 14. He studied
under F. Posta at the Prague Conservatory in Czechoslovakia. The history
of the conservatory is fascinating, with noteables such as Antonín Dvorák serving as their director. The
conservatory has a very disciplined program requiring all students to study for 6 years and pass stringent exams.
During this time he played in a trio with his brother Alan, and Jan Hammer. After winning a scholarship to the
Berklee College of Music in Boston, he came to the U.S. A year later in 1966, Miroslav moved to New York &
collaborated with musicians such as Bob Brookmeyer, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Charlie Mariano, and
In 1970, the group Weather Report was formed along with Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. Three
years later, he formed the Miroslav Vitous Group along with John Surman, Kenny Kirkland and Jon Christensen.
In 1979, Vitous became the director of the Jazz Department at the New England Conservatory in Boston. We will
explore more of his teaching experience under the educator section.
In 1982, Vitous reunites Chick Corea and Roy Haynes and tours the world, and produces 2 albums under the
ECM label. There were several performances at the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra and at Music of Viva in Boston.
In 1988, he removed himself from academia in order to focus all his energy on composing and performing. Around
this time, he returned to Prague and recorded an album with his brother. Miroslav Vitous has performed in several
concerts and festivals around Europe. This touches the surface in exploring Vitous' musical experience, and
there's more to be found under the musician section.
Enjoy learning about Miroslav Vitous, the bass player, educator, composer, arranger and producer.