Eva Pilarová (born 9 August 1939, in Brno) is a Czech jazz and pop music singer, actress and photographer.

Eva Pilarová
Background information
Born (1939-08-09) 9 August 1939 (age 80)
OriginBrno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
GenresEuropop, Chanson
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, actress
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, percussion
Years active1960–present


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[1] 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.[2]

After the Velvet revolution of 17 November 1989 she travelled several times to United States, to sing before all for Czech emigrants.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


  • 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.[6]



  1. ^ Miloslav Rechcigl: Czech American Timeline. Chronology of Milestones in the History of Czechs in America. 2013, p. 425
  2. ^ "EVA PILAROVÁ". www.evapilarova.cz. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Singing legend Eva Pilarová: the most versatile of Czech singers | Radio Prague". Radio Praha. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Eva Pilarová o Antichartě: podepsala jsem ze zbabělosti". iDNES.cz. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ s.r.o, Antee. "Výstava Robert Vano a Eva Pilarová | Statek Bernard". www.statek-bernard.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Jestli někdo dokázal zazpívat všechno, tak Eva Pilarová". Radio Praha (in Czech). Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ Wasko, Roman (9 September 1967). "Czech singer takes Polish Music Fest". Billboard. p. 55. Retrieved 19 August 2011.

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