Orchestra musicians are invited to participate in a rigorous program with diverse repertoire and 8 public performances, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera orchestra performances, masterclasses, and optional private lessons.
Participants will have the opportunity to perform symphonic programs in world-class venues and some of Europe’s most historic halls. These performances include three orchestral concerts, with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Dvořák, and performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theatre, the only theater left standing where Mozart himself conducted.
Instrumentalists will have coachings and masterclasses from members of the festival faculty and visiting clinicians including members of professional European and American orchestras. Instrumental musicians may also have the opportunity to take private lessons with guest faculty, for an additional fee.
June 26 Oskar Nedbal Theatre, Tábor
July 9 Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague
Chamber Music Performances
June 30 Monastery, Tábor
July 7 Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague
Opera Performances at the Estates Theatre
July 15 & 16 Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart
July 17 & 18 Don Giovanni, Mozart
*more repertoire and soloist announcements coming soon
2021 clinicians include:
David Kim, Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra
Lauren Roth, Concertmaster, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Ladislav Kozderka, Principal Trumpet, Czech Philharmonic
Walter Seyfarth, Clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic
*guests and clinicians will be announced as they are confirmed
Prague Summer Nights intensive chamber music program will offer coachings with Prague Summer Nights faculty and visiting guest clinicians culminating in two performances. One performance in Tábor in an idyllic monastery courtyard for the town’s music lovers. And another in Prague’s famous Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic.
A new music piece written for Prague Summer Nights will be performed as a world premiere by select Prague Summer Nights students at the chamber music concert at the Rudolfinum. Commissioned through the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.
Select students will have the chance to coach with and perform new music by a living composer specially commissioned for Prague Summer Nights through the Classical Movements Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.
In 2018 select students premiered the string quartet The Remembered Song by acclaimed composer Greg Sandow.
In 2019 select students performed the string quartet with Trumpet by Czech Composer Sylvie Bodorová.
In 2021 PSN New Music program offers select students to work with and perform a new string quartet commissioned by renowned Czech composer Sylvie Bodorová.
“I cannot say this enough, this has been one of the most rewarding and fun opera experiences I’ve had! Not only because we were lucky enough to perform in the Estates Theater, but more so because of the camaraderie and friendships I have made, that will last a lifetime."
“It truly is a joy to be here in Prague and spending so much time with this group of people. Everyone works so hard, and when all the different parts come together, the music we create is absolutely magical. There is much pleasure in growing and bonding with a very talented group of musicians.”
“Today I attended the Brass sectionals of Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Dvorak Symphony No. 9, led by clinician Ladislav Kozderka who holds the position of principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic. I offered to be his personal metronome and he humbly laughed, saying "no, no, you must know this piece so much more than me!" He let me conduct the entirety of both symphonies, stopping every section to give feedback. I kept wanting to pinch my cheek because I knew all the words of wisdom was coming from one of the leaders of the orchestra that loves and owns Dvorak more than anywhere else in the world.”
Participating in this incredible program was life changing! I strongly encourage people interested to apply, you won’t regret it. Easily one of the best summers of my life ❤️
“I have had the most wonderful 4 weeks I could hope for!"
“I really enjoyed working with Dr. Jelena Nosková in the masterclass. She had wonderful suggestions and I felt my voice blossoming in the short time we worked together. I felt that it was very valuable to get some suggestions from someone I’d never worked with before. I thoroughly appreciate having this opportunity!”
“It was a pleasure for me being part of the festival, I learned a lot in Prague! Thank you for believing in my talent.”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity! I learned so much in that month, that I’m just hoping to retain a tiny bit of it! My teacher even noticed that my high notes have improved in tone. The program was absolutely amazing, and the people you brought together for it were even more so.”
“Thank you again for the incredible opportunity! I had an amazing trip and made so many memories.”
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity. It was an amazing experience with countless memories. Thank you again.”
"Thank you PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS so much for the incredible opportunity to work with you in Prague, and the amazing opportunities I’ve received!"
“A better experience could not have taken place for me during the first annual Prague Summer Nights Festival. I will forever take with me the memories and knowledge gained during my time with many wonderful musicians.”
"Prague Summer Nights was an incredible experience for me. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned so much about myself as a performer. Sometimes when you are engrossed in the whirlwind of hard, dedicated work it is difficult to see your own progress. Just months after the program I already feel a difference and ease of approach to my performing, as well as a greater awareness of not only what I can improve, but HOW I can improve. Having sung an opera where Mozart first conducted it is no small honor either! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime."
“Such an incredible experience getting a lesson and performing in a masterclass today with Walter Seyfarth, 30-year clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, my favorite orchestra. My time in Prague has been a clarinetist’s dream! Very grateful.”
“Thanks for a great summer! The Prague experience was unforgettable. Thanks again.”
“I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you for this wonderful program you have created. I am still in awe of what took place over this last month, from Smetana Hall, to the Dvorak Museum, and finally Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre! I honestly don’t know how you did it!"