Eva Pilarová, née Bojanovská (9 August 1939, in Brno – 14 March 2020, in Prague) was a Czech jazz and pop music singer.
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She started singing during her childhood, including classical music. She studied singing on the Janáček's Academy of Arts in Brno. Her idols were Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. In 1960, she became a member of the Semafor Theater in Prague where she sang alongside performers such as Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr In 1962 she left the theatre temporarily to sing in the Theater Rokoko, but in 1964 returned to Semafor. In the same year she also played had a minor role in the film If a Thousand Clarinets (as a chorus-singer of the girl school). During her singing career she has had a large number of hits, including duets with Waldemar Matuška, Karel Gott and others.
After the Velvet revolution of 17 November 1989 she travelled several times to United States, to sing before all for Czech emigrants.
In 1977, to continue her career, she signed the Anti-charter organised against Charter 77. She justified it with her existential problems: after emigration of her first husband (a trumpeter Milan Pilar) and her second husband (singer Jaromír Mayer) she was afraid that she shouldn't be allowed to sing in the media. She has been active in her profession continuously until today. She wrote two cookbooks. Since 2005 she makes also photos, especially of nature and cities. She had several photo exhibitions in the Czech Republic.
The Czech writer Josef Škvorecký loved her voice and singing, he praised her repeatedly:
Without her art, something would be missing in the Czech culture.
If there was anybody, who could sing everything, it was Pilarka.
She won the Golden Nightingale award of the Czechoslovakia four times (1963, 1964, 1967, 1971).
In 1967, she won the International Intervision Song Contest in Bavaria
In 1967 she was awarded Grand Prix du Disque for her interpretation of "Requiem".
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