Formed in 2005 as the resident chamber orchestra for the biennial Ostrava Days, Ostravská banda consists of instrumentalists, mostly soloists, from Europe and the US whose primary interest is the performance of contemporary music. Apart from Petr Kotík, artistic director of Ostravská Banda, this year the orchestra will be lead by Bruno Ferrandis, Johannes Kalitzke, or Lilianna Krych. Conrad Harris (New York) serves as the orchestra’s concertmaster. The repertoire of Ostravská banda includes major compositions of the 20th century (John Cage, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, Edgard Varèse, or Iannis Xenakis) and works of contemporary composers (Petr Bakla, Petr Cígler, Peter Graham, Petr Kotík, Bernhard Lang, Alvin Lucier, Olga Neuwirth, Phill Niblock, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Martin Smolka, Miroslav Srnka, or Christian Wolff). Apart from regular performances at Ostrava Days festivals, Ostravská banda tours and performs at such venues as the Paris Conservatoire, Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center (NY), Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht, Prague Spring Festival, musicadhoy in Madrid and at NODO (New Opera Days Ostrava), where it serves as the festival’s opera orchestra. Ostravská banda is renowned for its high work commitment and ability to perform even the most complex of 20thand 21st century works. Ostravská banda has also been the inspiration behind various composers’ new pieces.