David Eben was born in Prague in 1965. After graduation from clarinet studies at Prague’s conservatory, he took up musicology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Already during his studies, he specialized in medieval music, mainly in Gregorian chant. In 1991 he graduated from Paris conservatory (Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris) the program Conducting of Gregorian chant, and in the following year he worked as a conductor of the ensemble Choeur gregorien de Paris. Then he also often visited the Solesmes monastery, a centre of research in Gregorian chant, with the view of studying and consulting.
Besides his scholarly work, David Eben is concentrating on the interpretation of Gregorian chant. In 1987 he founded the vocal ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, which has been intensively recording and giving concerts in almost all European countries, Japan and Israel. The CDs of the ensemble have received a number of awards (Choc du Monde de le Musique, 10 de Repertoire, “Zlata Harmonie” – Golden Harmony Award for the best Czech recording of the year).
Since 1993 he works at the Institute of Musicology of Charles University where he lectures on topics related to Gregorian chant and liturgy. From 2008 to 2013 he worked as professor of Gregorian chant at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He regularly tutors in summer courses on theory and practice of Gregorian chant in France, Switzerland and Belgium. On a long term basis he has been co-operating with the Czech Radio in creating programs on Gregorian chant (55-part cycle „Liturgical Year in Gregorian Chant“).
Katedrála viditelná i neviditelná
– Počátky liturgického zpěvu v pražském kostele sv. Víta (pp. 28-38)
– Bohoslužebný program středověkých kapitul (pp. 62-63)
– Arnošt z Pardubic a officium v pražské katedrále (pp. 342-349)
Die Evangeliumsantiphonen der Donnerstage in der Fastenzeit, in: Cantus Planus, (Papers read at the 16th meeting, Vienna 2011), Wien 2012, pp. 127-134
Der Blick von Oben. Gregorianische Inspiration im Werk von Petr Eben; published as conference proceedings: „Musikalische und theologische Etüden zum Verhältnis von Musik und Theologie“, Hg. Wolfgang Müller, Zürich 2012, pp. 201-214