Ostrava Days 2013: New and Experimental Music Institute and Festival

Ostrava Center for New Music, Czech Republic

Biennial Ostrava Days is a three-week long institute, which culminates into a 9-day festival. It is a working environment with a focus on compositions for orchestra. There are two resident orchestras - the 95-piece Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Ostravská banda (circa 35 musicians) - as well as a score of chamber ensembles, conductors, soloists and a 35-piece choir, Canticum Ostrava. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation supports the Ostrava Days Festival that unfolds during the last week of the Institute and includes circa 15 concerts, seven of which are with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Ostravská banda. The close link between the Institute and Festival, and the inclusion of student’s works on equal terms with pieces by lectors, guests and other composers in the program of the Festival, are among some of the important characteristics of the Ostrava Days, as every composition student will have one of their  pieces performed.

August 23 – 31, 2013
Ostrava, Czech Republic

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