About Us

Ostrava Center for New Music (OCNM) was founded in 2000 thanks to the initiative of Petr Kotík. A series of concerts with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (where pieces by Earl Brown, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Martin Smolka, and Karlheinz Stockhausen were played) started an idea of creating special independent organization for new music. 

OCNM was created for the purpose of organizing Ostrava Days, summer Institute and Festival, which gives composers, musicians and musicologists an opportunity to work with leading representatives of contemporary music. Ostrava Days is a working and learning environment focused on orchestral compositions. OCNM has founded an international chamber orchestra Ostravská banda and since 2002 has been organizing concerts in cooperation with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2012, OCNM has been organizing in cooperation with National Moravian-Silesian Theatre a festival of contemporary opera - NODO (New Opera Days Ostrava). In 2017, a resident symphony orchestra called ONO / Ostrava New Orchestra was founded. OCNM produces also publications about contemporary music.


"Music, and all performing arts have an array of problems. Some are characteristic of the environment our time: almost no appreciation for spiritual matters and a vulgar glorification of everything that is profit-driven. Add to it the bureaucratic mediocrity that we see all around us, and one can question the future of an effort that does not bring a quick profit, is based on ideas and have a spiritual depth like concert/classical music. Does such a thing have any future? Yes, of course! A difficult one, but this is nothing new. And so, we continue, being unrealistic, trying for the impossible."

Petr Kotik, Artistic Director, Ostrava Center of New Music
New York, March 19, 2022


Petr Kotík
Artistic Director

Renáta Spisarová
Executive Director

Kristýna Konczyna
Office Manager, PR

Barbora Skálová
Chief Project Coordinator, Publicity Manager

Jan Honeiser
Technical Manager

Gabriela Krchňáčková
Assistant to the Director, Music Archive

Board of Directors:

Stanislav Brtník
Dita Eibenová
Vladimíra Glatzová
Daniel Konczyna
Kristýna Konczyna
Petr Kotík
Renáta Spisarová
Libor Winkler
Veronika Winklerová


Phone: +420 596 203 426
E-mail: info@newmusicostrava.cz
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