Many gifted musicians start playing at an early age, and Miroslav 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 Herbie Mann.
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.
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.
He started teaching at New England Conservatory of Boston, in 1982. In 1984 he became the Chairman of the Jazz Department at NEC for three years. He was responsible for structuring the department and its facilities. Due to personal commitments, he stepped down as Chairman but continued teaching part time for an additional two years as he prepared his next move.
In 1988 Miroslav relocated to Europe. Since then he has presented numerous clinics for special events especially when associated with his concert performances. He feels that his knowledge should be passed on to future musicians. “After all,” he says, “creative music is one of the best things on the planet.”
His recent clinics have been in South Korea, Holland, Santa Tereza, Sardinia, Italy, near Biarritz, France, and Vienna – at the prestigious Thomastik Acoustic Bass Convention.