The establishing of the Orchestral Academy as the foundation for the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic is another path towards the fulfilment of the mission of the Academy of Classical Music, which fosters the legacy of Antonín Dvořák. We find these paths not only in the interpretation of Dvořák’s works and their dissemination to stages at home and abroad, but also in the education of the rising generation of musicians and in support for musical talents. Our inspiration comes from the composer himself, who helped young musicians while working at conservatoires in Prague and New York.
The project is intended for students at conservatoires and institutions of higher education in the arts who are 15 to 24 years of age, primarily from the Czech Republic. It will also reach out to young musicians from such nearby countries as Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and Germany.
The project’s mission is to offer young, talented artists qualified leadership and active experience with the professional preparation of a concert performance of a selected work by a symphony orchestra, and experience with performing as such. The instructors are therefore drawn from among the leading players of the Czech Philharmonic under the leadership of one of the most prominent and widely recognised Czech conductors of the middle generation, Tomáš Netopil, whose renown on a worldwide scale is reflected in invitations to conduct leading orchestras around the world.
Such gatherings of young musicians working on a specific artistic task connected with systematic instruction make sense not only for the completion of the task itself, but also for the exchange of experiences and the exposure to a variety of pedagogical approaches to the problems of orchestral playing. Emphasis is also placed on the comprehensive development of the students. The programme enables them to spend time with professional musicians of exceptional quality even during informal occasions.
The co-presenters of the Orchestral Academy are the Academy of Classical Music, which is the presenter of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, and Collegium musicale, the organiser of the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž.
Applications for 2020 are closed. The conditions for 2021 will be announced in Autumn of this year.
Graduates of the Orchestral Academy will present themselves as members of the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic on 13 Sept. 2020 at a concert in the Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum in Prague. For the young people under his charge, the artistic director and conductor Tomáš Netopil has chosen one of the greatest works of the world’s cultural heritage – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Ode to Joy. Joining with the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic are the Prague Philharmonic Choir and its choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek and the soloists Simona Šaturová, Markéta Cukrová, Petr Nekoranec, and Jan Martiník.