Ostrava Days Institute

Ostrava Days Institute
August 14– September 2, 2023

Ostrava Days is a fantastic experience for every composer, a special place for growing musically in a highly professional, yet welcoming and friendly environment. It is a place where composers with different interests and backgrounds meet to exchange ideas and learn.”

- Christian Ferlaino, composer, saxophone player,
OD student-resident in 2017 & 2021


Lectors & Guest Composers

Peter Ablinger
Petr Bakla
Raven Chacon
Alvin Curran
Johannes Kalitzke
Petr Kotík
Zygmunt Krauze
Bernhard Lang
Roscoe Mitchell
Isabel Mundry
Amina Claudine Myers
Michal Rataj
Ana Sokolović
Miroslav Srnka
Eric Wubbels
and others



The 21-day biennial Ostrava Days Institute and Festival is one of the largest summer new music programs. The Institute consists of lectures, seminars, discussions and meetings. Participants take part in preparing their works, which are performed on Ostrava Days Festival's program. Ostrava Days Festival includes established and emerging composers, an international community of musicians, two resident orchestras (the 85-piece ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra, and the 35-piece Ostravská banda), and a mixed choir. 

Additionally, Ostrava Days includes ensembles, a resident string quartet, and many soloists who will also lead workshops and give presentations. The Ostrava Days Institute is interconnected with the Ostrava Days Festival. The Festival’s program includes compositions by student-residents, lectors, a number of well-established composers, and a selection of masterpieces from the recent past, side by side.

The OD Institute accepts a limited number of resident-students to ensure one-on-one interactions among all participants. Composers, performers, and musicologists are welcome.
The working language is English.

Ostrava Days 2023 Schedule (excerpt):

Monday, August 14  Lectures, seminars and meetings begin
Monday, August 21 – Orchestra and ensembles rehearsals start
Thursday, August 24 – Preview events start
Saturday, August 26 – Minimarathon of Electronic Music
Sunday, August 27 – Orchestra Opening
Saturday, September 2 – Closing Concert

Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, Triple Hall Karolina, Hlubina Coal Mine Area, Cathedral of the Divine Saviour, St. Wenceslas Church, Gallery of Fine Arts, Antonín Dvořák Theatre

Kampus Palace in the center of Ostrava


Conductors: Bruno Ferrandis, Johannes Kalitzke, Petr Kotík, Jiří Rožeň, Jurij Galatenko (choirmaster) and others

Orchestras and Ensembles: ONO – Ostrava New Orchestra, Ostravská banda, Canticum Ostrava

download the instrumentation of resident orchestras and ensembles


Ostrava Days is an important festival and academy for young composers. They can exchange ideas, talk about their work, be coached and, most importantly, work with the musicians on their own compositions. It provides a unique opportunity to experience work with the performers and it definitely helps build strong friendships among all the artists. ”

- Ana Sokolović, composer, OD 2021 lector

General support for Ostrava Center for New Music provided by City of Ostrava, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region, Veronika & Libor Winkler, Czech-German Fund for the Future, and others (including sponsors and individual donors).

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Applying for OD 2023 Institute

Resident-students will be chosen through a review of no more than three scores and audio samples.
Performers are asked to send their recordings; musicologists, writers and music theorists should attach a motivation letter instead.


Apart from selections from an applicant's portfolio, there are also possibilities to propose new projects:
1) Along the bank of the river Ostravice oudoors
2) For the Minimarathon of Electronic Music at the Coal Mine Michal area
3) Site-specific projects at the newly opened facility of the gallery PLATO Ostrava

Please note that the whole process is entirely online.

The results will be announced by April 15, 2023.



– 2 500 EUR / USD
– includes full room and board for three weeks (housing in the centrally located kampus in single or double rooms; 3 meals a day provided by a selected local restaurant)
– limited financial assistance is available!
– to apply for financial assistance, please submit a detailed statement about your financial needs

Contact OCNM Office

Barbora Skálová, chief project coordinator
Dr. Šmerala 6, 702 00 Ostrava
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420/596 203 426
GSM: +420/736 151 985
e-mail: skalova@newmusicostrava.cz

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