Antonín Dvořák Prize

The Antonín Dvořák Prize is a prestigious award in the field of classical music. It is intended to highlight people, artistic collectives, or institutions for exceptional artistic achievements or significant merit in promoting and popularising Czech classical music in the Czech Republic and abroad. Winners have been announced by the Academy of Classical Music since 2009.

The first laureate of the prize was the great-grandson of the composer Antonín Dvořák, the violinist, violist, and conductor Josef Suk. Following him were such figures as the pianist Ivan Moravec, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the world-famous choreographer and dancer Jiří Kylián. In the past, the importance of the prize has been underscored by the special places and occasions of its presentation. The soprano Ludmila Dvořáková received the Antonín Dvořák Prize in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle during a recital by the pianist Lang Lang, the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek was given the prize in 2014 at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Czech Philharmonic received it at its concert celebrating 100 years of Czech statehood at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Laureates of the Antonín Dvořák Prize receive a glass sculpture of a cello designed by the architect Jiří Pelcl and produced by the glassmakers from the company Moser.

The award winner for 2020 is the conductor Jakub Hrůša.

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša is one of the most active and influential representatives of Czech music culture and the Czech school of conducting around the world. He regularly guest conducts leading orchestras in Europe and the USA. At present, he is the chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and chief guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he served as the music director and chief conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. His most important recent engagements include repeated invitations to conduct the the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Opéra national de Paris, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.He regularly performs at the BBC Proms and he debutes at Salzburg festival.  Maestro Hrůša has an equal affinity for the concert repertoire and for opera. He guest conducts regularly at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Royal Opera, and the Frankfurt Opera and the special projects at the Czech opera houses. For his recording of compositions by Dvořák and Martinů and for his DVD recording of the opera Vanessa from the festival at Glyndebourne, he recently won a BBC Music Magazine Awards. His active interest in the composer Josef Suk, Antonín Dvořák’s son-in-law, was reflected in his activity at last year’s Dvořák Prague Festival and in the season of the Czech Philharmonic. Currently, his priority recording project is Suk’s complete orchestral works. Common feature of all his activies abroad is the persistent promotion of the Czech classsical music in particular. He was awarded the Antonín Dvořák Prize by the Academy of Classical Music for these achievements in 2020.

Charter and Schedule

The awarding of the Antonín Dvořák Prize is governed by a charter. You can download the charter in its full wording here.

Academic Council

Since 2012, the Academic Council has made the decisions on awarding the Antonín Dvořák Prize. The Academic Council consists of important figures of Czech cultural life and classical music, and it decides on nominations and the actual selection of winners of the Antonín Dvořák Prize.

  • Petr Altrichter, conductor
  • David Beveridge, musicologist
  • Jakub Čížek, director of Prague Radio Symphony
  • Věra Drápelová, music publicist
  • Jakub Hrůša, Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic
  • Ivo Kahánek, pianist, educator HAMU
  • Ivan Klánský, pianist, Dean of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), holder of the Antonín Dvořák Prize 2017
  • Jiří Kylián, choreograph, holder of the Antonín Dvořák Prize 2013
  • David Mareček, general director of the Ctech Philharmonic, pianist
  • Tomáš Motl, executive director of the ČT art channel
  • Jan Simon, intendant of the Academy of Classical Music, pianist
  • Luboš Stehlík, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Harmonie, music publicist
  • Jiří Vejvoda, music publicist, Deputy Chairman and Spokesman of the Czech Radio Council

Laureates