Orchestral Academy

The Czech Philharmonic takes a keen interest in educating up-and-coming generations of young musicians, many of whom may, in the future, ascend to its ranks. In the 2012/2013 season, the Czech Philharmonic inaugurated its new Orchestral Academy.

The Academy provides the opportunity for young musicians to enhance their education, and to gain valuable experience with the Czech Republic’s leading orchestra. The Academy is especially suitable for graduates of music performance programmes at the secondary and/or university level. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 26, of any nationality, are welcomed.

The Academy’s emphasis is not only on orchestral playing, but also on development in the field of chamber music, gained through participation in concerts with the Czech Chamber Music Society and the Czech Philharmonic’s education programmes.

The integration of the energy and intelligence of young, gifted musicians into the Czech Philharmonic will undoubtedly contribute to the Orchestra’s continued success. In founding its own Orchestral Academy, the Czech Philharmonic acknowledges the long tradition of high-quality musical education in the Czech Republic, and looks forward to enriching this tradition by fostering new talent.

Members of the Orchestral Academy

Marie Hasoňová / violin

Sakura Ito / violin

Kateřina Krejčová / violin

Klára Lešková / violin

Veronika Mojzešová / violin

Anna Pacholczak / violin

Kateřina Jelínková / viola

Radka Teichmanová / viola

Dora Hájková / cello

Aneta Šudáková / cello

Lukáš Holubík / double bass

Václav Hořák / double bass

Silvia Ruffino / flute

David Šimeček / clarinet

Magdaléna Klárová / oboe

Lucie Havlíčková / bassoon

Kanako Mori  / French horn

Jakub Chmelař / tube

Ladislav Pavluš / pipe

Lukáš Besuch / trombone

Ladislav Bilan / drums

 

 

Information
Applications

Students between the ages of 18 and 26 may apply to the Orchestral Academy.
New positions are available below in Auditions

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM

Auditions

ORCHESTRAL ACADEMY 2020/2021
(for the period starting September 1, 2020)
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

 

VIOLIN

SOLO WORKS

First movement of a 19th or 20th century violin concerto (cadenza optional), or an extensive work for violin and orchestra from the same time period

 

Audition will take place on March 19, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

VIOLA

SOLO WORKS

Two movements (preferably the first and second) from a concerto or concert pieces of your choice from the Classical period through the first half of the 20th century

 

Audition will take place on March 19, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

VIOLONCELLO

SOLO WORKS

a) 1st movement of the choiced concerto - J. Haydn: in C major

                                                                  or J. Haydn: in D major

                                                                  or L. Boccherini: in B flat major

and

b) 2nd movement of the choiced concerto - Dvořák: h moll (in B minor)

                                                                    or R. Schumann: in A minor

                                                                    or D. Shostakovich: No. 1 in E flat major

 

Audition will take place on March 19, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

FLUTE

SOLO WORKS

Mozart: Concerto in G major, first and second movements

 

Audition will take place on April 2, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

CLARINET

SOLO WORKS

Weber: Concerto no. 2 in E-flat major

 

Audition will take place on April 2, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

BASSOON

SOLO WORKS

Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat major K 191, first and second movements

 

Audition will take place on April 2, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

TROMBONE

SOLO WORKS

B.Marcello : Sonata in E minor  (1st a 2nd movements - without repetitions)

 

Audition will take place on March 20, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

TRUMPET

SOLO WORKS

J. Haydn: Concerto in E flat major - 1st and 2nd movements

 

Audition will take place on March 20, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be announced after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

 

TIMPANI & PERCUSSIONS

SOLO PIECE IS NOT REQUIRED.

 

Applicants are required to play excerpts:

snare drum        Knauer: Etude No. 30

                           Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (3rd movement)

xylophone          Shostakovich: Bolt (solo from „The Conciliator“)

glockenspiel       Dukas: The Sorcerer´s Apprentice     

tambourine        Bizet: Carmen (2nd act)

cymbals              Dvořák: Slavonic Dance No. 15

timpani              Mozart: Zauberflöte, overture

                           Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1st movement)

 

Audition will take place on March 20, 2020.

 

ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS to be sent with an invitation after

the conclusion of the application period on 12th February 2020.

Duration of Academy Courses

Each student participates in Academy life for two concert seasons, each of which is approximately 10 months long, beginning in September and ending in June.

Individual Tuition

Alongside studying orchestral parts and preparing for rehearsals and concerts, students are instructed by the leading musicians of the Czech Philharmonic. Each student receives four hours of individual tuition every month.

Orchestral Training

Students undergo orchestral training during the 10 month duration of each concert season. Experience is gained through artistic participation in up to 80 orchestral activities (including rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions), comprising approximately 10 orchestral projects over the course of 10 weeks. Students will most frequently participate in rehearsals and concerts as part of the Czech Philharmonic’s regular subscription season in Prague.

Chamber Music Training

Students will collaborate with the Czech Chamber Music Society and the Czech Philharmonic’s educational programmes, within which five chamber orchestra performances in which every Academy student will perform.

Scholarship

Students of the Academy receive a scholarship (up to 40,000 CZK/concert season, depending on the number of orchestral activities at which the student participates).

Graduation

After completing the Academy’s two-year programme, each student will receive a certificate issued by the Czech Philharmonic, recording their graduation from the Orchestral Academy of the Czech Philharmonic.

Expenses

The Czech Philharmonic cannot provide Academy students with accommodation, or financial assistance for accommodation, or travel expenses. Students are not entitled to receive concert attire or instruments, or extra funding towards these items, from the Czech Philharmonic.

Contact

Bohumil Antony

Tel.: +420 227 059 269
E-mail: academy(zavinac)czechphilharmonic.cz