Václav Talich (28 May 1883 - 16 March 1961) was a Czech famous conductor. His work is conjointed above all with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He began his career as a talented violinist-first in a student orchestra in Klatovy, then from 1897 to 1903 at the conservatory in Prague where he studied with the celebrated Otakar Sevčík. Finally he served as concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic, where a fateful turning point occurred. That orchestra's chief conductor, Arthur Nikisch, so fascinated the twenty-one-year-old Talich that he decided to become a conductor himself.