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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. With 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 35-piece choir Canticum Ostrava, it is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. It is organized biennially and since its inception in 2001, it has made a significant contribution to the music of today. 


Ostrava Days 2013 INSTITUTE: August 12 - 31, 2013

Application Guidelines for residency at Ostrava Days 2013


Residents OD2011
Residents of Ostrava Days 2011 Institute

Ostrava Days 2013 FESTIVAL: August 16 - 31, 2013

Program of Ostrava Days 2013 Festival here >>>

Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra at Ostrava Days





(October 22 – November 5)

OCNM and Svatováclavský hudební festival, festival Contempuls, City of Opava, Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten and Muziekcentrum Vredenburg present the Ostravská banda Fall 2010 tour.


The concert was a success!

The September 3, 2010, concert with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, organized in cooperation with Ostrava Center for New Music, was a success!



Philharmonic Hall

Lead by Petr Kotík, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a special concert organized in cooperation with Ostrava Center for New Music held on September 3, 2010 at 7pm in Philharmonic Hall (Dům kultury města Ostravy).


PUBLISHING: DVD Documentary and Ostrava Days 2009 Report !!!

The DVD Ostrava’s New Music Foundry (in both Czech and English versions) documents Ostrava Days 2009. We have also just finished the Ostrava Days 2009 Report (English publication). Both of them are available in our office!


Ostravská banda Shined at Archa Theatre!

The closing event of the project Ostrava in Prague, the Ostravská banda concert Sunday, June 6 was excellent. The Ostravská banda, meeting for the second time of 2010 (the first time in January for the musicadhoy festival in Madrid) gave a stunning performance.

Ostrava Center for New Music has just released a doubleCD with eight live recordings of Ostrava Days 2009.
Ostrava Center for New Music invites you to a concert of Ostravská banda held on 6th June 2010 in Archa Theatre. Concert is supported by the City of Ostrava and is organized as a part of the project "Ostrava in Prague" in support Ostrava's candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2015.
23.04.2010Musicians from Tallinn
Petr Kotík has started to collaborate with Estonian musicians — Hirvo Surva, conductor and director of Estonian National Opera Boys Choir; Zoja Hertz, accompanist and voice master; and Heldur Harry Polda and Voldemar Kants thirteen-year-old boy soloists for Galina Ustwolskaja’s Symphony no. 2.
23.03.2010Double-documentary movie about Ostravská banda and Janáček chambre orchestra
Watch the documentary movie from 2008 on ČT website.
17.03.2010Recordings from Ostrava Days on
There are music samples from Ostrava Days 2007 and 2009: György Ligeti, Charles Ives, Paulina Załubska, Pablo Chin Pampillo, Salvatore Sciarrino and Christian Wolff pieces, all performed by Ostravská banda.
10.03.2010G. Douglas Barrett's article in HIS VOICE
In a current issue od HIS VOICE magazine there is an article about Peter Ablinger's music, the author of the article - G. Douglas Barrett was a resident-student of Ostrava Days 2007 and 2009.
01.03.2010Interview with Petr Kotík in Czech TV
Petr Kotík was on January, 28 as a guest in a talkshow called Before Midnight...
26.02.2010New on
Ostravská banda has a new profile with recordings on Bandzone. Go for listening...
26.01.2010Concert of Ostravská banda in Madrid
On Thursday January 21, 2010 Ostravská banda started the concert season „Universo Ustwolskaja“, which is dedicated to Galina Ustwolskaja, a Russian Composer. Along with Ostravská banda and conductor Petr Kotík there performed also the soloists Daan Vandewaalle (Piano), Arne Defoce (Cello), Marta Marinová (Voice) and Conrad Harris (Violin).
18.12.2009Ostravská banda in Madrid
Ostravská banda will perform pieces of Galina Ustwolskaja at musicadhoy2010 Festival in Madrid.
29.10.2009Musical America and Muso Magazine about Ostrava Days 2009
reviews about Ostrava Days in section Media / Press Reviews
25.09.2009Photos from Ostrava Days 2009
You can check almost all photos from Ostrava Days 2009 - New Music Institute and Festival.
08.09.2009Prague Post about Ostrava Days 2009
Media / Press Reviews
30.08.2009Ostrava Days 2009 Culminates in Its Closing Concert!
One of the best experiences at this year’s Ostrava Days festival was the closing concert, which was held on Saturday, 29 August, at Dům kultury in Ostrava. This was the last of the sixteen concerts at the 5th biennial this year, and it was the occasion of three major events: the world premiere of Rhapsody for 3 Orchestras, by the American composer Christian Wolff, who was in attendance; Concert for Piano and Orchestra by György Ligeti; and Amériques by Edgard Varése. At one point as many as 120 players were performing in Dům kultury. It is hard to believe that Varése wrote this grand fantasy of sound around ninety years ago. Mountains of sound filled the concert hall with music and took away the breath of everyone in attendance.
24.08.2009Computers in Composition / Phosphor Ensemble, 24.8.2009 / 17:00 Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava
Lejaren Hiller: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano Peter Graham: A Nap Samuel Sfirri: for Callum Innes Michael Schumacher: Isorhythmic Variations Phosphor Ensemble: In Real Time
21.08.2009Phill Niblock: Projection & Music / 21.8.09 / 20:00 Vítkovice Site - Blast Furnaces, Hall No. 6
Composing music, listening to music and performing music and are all different activities, which may not be necessarily connected in any way and have nothing to do with each other. This is a known statement John Cage made long time ago. The example of Phill Niblock is a testimony to the truthfulness of it. Niblock is not a musician. He never learned how to read music notation and for the realization of his scores, he needs an assistant. Despite this, there is no doubt that the music he is creating (ergo composing) has all the attributes of the works of music with we we are familiar; his compositions have a wide appeal and a firm place in the context of the music of the 20th and 21st century. Niblock’s example is indeed inspiring. He shows us how and to what extent an author can be separate from the making of music. His compositions also indicate just the opposite: namely, that being a musician of the highest caliber does not guarantee one the ability to write a single note worth listening to. Niblock composes music of sustained micro-tones produced by instruments, or vocalists, recorded on multi-track, and combined in live performance with sustained tones produced by musicians. Niblock combines pitches in order to create, through their proximity and durations, rhythmical beats and changes in harmonic overtone structure. His music, as well as his films and videos, are a reflection of the dynamic relationship between stasis and movement. He does not match his compositions to his films; they are presented together randomly. Niblock believes that this creates an ideal performance situation, with just the right degree of indeterminacy. Phill Niblock has traveled extensively, making videos and films in places like China, Hungary, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Quebec, and among the indigenous people of the Arctic. Each year, Niblock produces a series of performances in his loft on Centre Street in New York City, also known as the Experimental Intermedia (EI). I met Niblock for the first time in the summer of 1972 at Burdocks festival, organized by Christian Wolff in Hanover, New Hampshire. Since then, we have collaborated many times in the U.S. and Europe, including many performances at his Experimental Intermedia in New York. - Petr Kotík, Augst 7, 2009
19.08.2009Festival Ostrava Days 2009 starts already in two days!!!
All the rehearsal rooms of the Janáček Philharmonic and the Janáček Conservatory are filled with musicians from all over the world from morning till evening. Apart from the local Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (under conductors Roland Kluttig, Peter Rundel, Onřej Vrabec and the director Petr Kotík), the choir Canticum Ostrava (under Yurii Galatenko) also rehearses the premiere compositions for the performance in St. Wenceslas Church.
10.08.2009Institute began
Ostrava Days Institute just began. There are about 30 students from foreign universities. First discussions were done during Petr Kotík's presentation. Today Michael Schumacher (New York) and Philip Thomas (Hudersfield) arrive and will lead lessons.
30.07.2009Pavel Rudolf: Scores
Exhibition of Pavel Rudolf’s scores at Gallery Beseda is a part of Ostrava Days 2009. The exhibition will commence on August 24th at 5 p.m. and will hang through September 6th. Galerie Beseda, Jurečkova 18, 702 00 Ostrava Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
12.06.2009New Lector coming to Ostrava Days 2009 Institute
There is another lector coming to Ostrava Days 2009 Institute. Philip Thomas BMus (Hons) MMus PhD form University of Huddersfield will have the seminars on August 11th and 12th, 2009.
01.06.2009Ostrava in New York
In weekly Magazine "Týden" issued June 1st 2009 there is the article about the Concert of Ostravská banda in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.
19.05.2009Mini Marathon of Electronic Music at Ostrava Days 2009
Saturday, August 22 16:00 – 24:00 Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Jurečkova 8
27.04.2009Ostrava days Report 2007
Ostrava Center for New Music published The Ostrava Days 2007 REPORT that documents Ostrava Days 2007 Institute and Festival. Contains detailed information about Ostrava Days 2007 including transcripts of selected seminars, discussions, comments and reviews and photographs.
10.03.2009Ostravská banda in New York
Ostravská banda is going to perform on May 6, 2009 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. The concert will also feature The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and FLUX Quartet and will be part of “Ostrava Days in New York” event, organized by the Czech Center from 4th to 13th of May at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street.
10.03.2009Music of Ostrava Days LIVE
Ostrava Center for New Music in cooperation with the Czech Music Information Center issued a 2CD with recordings of previous biennials of Ostrava Days Festival. 2CD is published as an annex to magazine subscribers of His Voice Magazine 3/4.
09.12.2008The Application deadline for OD 2009 Institute is MARCH 15th 2009!!!
Ostrava Center for New Music has already announced the Institute program for Ostrava Days 2009. It takes place from August 10-30, 2009 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
09.12.2008Ostrava Days 2007 / DVD documentary
Ostrava Center for New Music published documentary about Ostrava Days 2007.