Young Czech Performers Showcase

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The second Young Czech Performers Showcase takes place on 15th and 16th June 2018 as part of the accompanying program of Leoš Janáček International Music Festival. The showcase offers the performances of the youngest generation of musicians in classical music. The presentations of artists will take place at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and apart from professionals, they will be accessible to the public as a special form of a concert.

The purpose of the showcase is to utilize short performances to present the youngest generation of classical music artists (from 15 to 30 years of age) to Czech and foreign professionals. The expert commission will choose performers who have succeeded in competitions. There are no special requests for the repertoire, but the musicians should choose pieces underlining their talent. The preliminary selection finished and the commission with the members of PhDr. Lenka Dohnalová, Ph.D., prof. MgA Dušan Foltýn, PhDr. Helena Havlíková, MgA. Václav Hudeček, Mgr. Soňa Javůrková, doc. MgA. Jan Jiraský, PhD., doc. MgA. Helena Kaupová, prof. Mgr. Vítězslav Kuzník, prof. MgA Jindřich Petráš will meet at the beginning of March.

“The current young generation of artists in classic music interpretation has accomplished a number of international achievements, yet it has insufficient systematic support in their careers after their graduation,” Lenka Dohnalová, the prime initiator, said. Pavla Petrová, the director of the Arts and Theatre Institute, adds: “The mission of the ATI, which is the public cultural institution, is to support projects helping young talents and contribute to the development of Czech culture, among other things.”

The showcase is one of the formats how to draw attention of experts i.e. representatives of agencies, festivals, orchestras and media – to young artists in a concentrated way. This has been a popular practice in pop music (such as the showcase at Colours of Ostrava). In 2015, when the Young Czech Performers Showcase took place for the first time, the organizers seized the opportunity of meeting the representatives of European festivals (European Festivals Association) in Ostrava on the occasion of Janáček May. The added value for performers is the opportunity to meet the professionals because the integral parts of the career are both the performance and the ability of self-presentation. The program also includes a workshop about interpretation of Leoš Janáček, whose anniversary we celebrate. The supervision of singers is provided by doc. Helena Kaupová (HAMU) and doc. Jan Jiraský (JAMU) supervises instrumental music.

Experts can enjoy the accompanying program, which should present the cultural values of the Ostrava region.
The main organizer is the Arts and Theatre Institute, the co-organizers are Leoš Janáček International Music Festival and Leoš Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava. The event takes place under the auspices of the non-governmental organization of the Czech Music Council. The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Contact: PhDr. Lenka Dohnalová, Ph.D.,; +420 603 584 218