The Orchestra

The Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic represents the concept of a musical ensemble fundamentally focusing on the education and development of young, talented artists. It was created at the suggestion of Jan Simon, the director of programming of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival as one of the brand new projects of the Academy of Classical Music. The orchestra consists of students up to age 24 from conservatories and institutions of higher education in the arts. Its membership base is drawn from participants at the Orchestral Academy, newly founded at the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž under the leadership of the brilliant conductor Tomáš Netopil. The superb instrumentalists of the Czech Philharmonic serve as the instructors for the individual instrumental sections. The project’s mission is to offer young, talented musicians high-quality leadership and active experience with the professional rehearsing of a selected symphonic work and its public performance. For the students, performing at the Dvořák Prague Festival represents a presentation of the results of their efforts, ability, and acquired skills.


The Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic will introduce itself for the first time on 13 Sept. 2020 at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival with a performance of one of the greatest works of the world’s cultural heritage – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the “Ode to Joy”. Leading them will be the artistic director and conductor Tomáš Netopil, and they will be joined by the Prague Philharmonic Choir with the choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek and the soloists Simona Šaturová, Markéta Cukrová, Petr Nekoranec, and Jan Martiník.

Membership in the Orchestra

The membership base of the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic consists of graduates of the Orchestral Academy at the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž, which is intended for students at conservatoires and institutions of higher education in the arts who are between the ages of 15 and 24. The deadline for submitting applications including an audition recording is 31 May 2020. The students are selected by the instructors of the individual instrumental sections – top players of the Czech Philharmonic. Instruction in Kroměříž will take place from 10 until 16 Aug. 2020 and will conclude with a concert in a greenhouse of the Flower Garden. Orchestra rehearsals preceding the concert at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival will take place from 11 to 13 Sept. 2020 in Prague.

Participation at the Orchestral Academy is a prerequisite for membership in the orchestra. You will find more information HERE.