Janáček philharmonic OstravaInternational Orchestral Academy

International Orchestral Academy

Janáček Philharmonic, based in Ostrava is one of the leading symphonic orchestras of the Czech Republic. Long orchestral tradition, typical bohemian sound, and progressive repertoire are very much praised both by a local audience and international reviewers. Excellence in performing not only Janáček but most of the late-romantic to the contemporary repertoire is one of the orchestra‘s strengths. In the course of 2020-21, the orchestra will work next to its chief conductor Vassily Sinaisky with guest conductors such as Petr Popelka, Stanislav Kochanowski, Lionel Bringuier, Daniel Raiskin, Lukasz Borowicz, Risto Joost, Gabriel Bebeselea, Dimitrij Jurowsky, and soloists such as Sergei Babayan, Steven Isserlis, Alena Baeva, Johannes Moser and Frederico Colli.

The International Orchestral Academy (IOA) is suitable especially for students and graduates of music performance programmes at the university level. The internship is unpaid is hence highly suitable for Erasmus+ recipients.

Trainees will gain hands-on orchestral experience in one of the leading Czech orchestras, taking part in most of the orchestra performances (subscription concerts, touring projects both locally and internationally). Members of IOA are also strongly encouraged to perform a chamber concert together.

Who is the International Orchestral Academy designed for

The International Orchestral Academy (IOA) is a one-semestral or bi-semestral training programme for students and recent graduates of higher education music schools from all over the world. Within its framework, trainees become members of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and take a part in most of the orchestra performances – subscription concerts, touring projects both locally and internationally, recordings. Under the auspices of JPO principal players, academy members get to play a broad orchestral repertoire with the best Czech and international conductors and soloists. Academy members will also have an opportunity to perform a chamber concert together.

The minimum enrollment period is five months (half-season during either August – January or February-June), maximum Academy membership covers one full season (August – June).

The position is unpaid. Trainees shall be fully funded by their home University/Academy through the Erasmus+ programme (or similar programmes) designed for students´ mobility and professional practice. There is no financial reward whatsoever from the orchestra towards the Academy members. Travel costs to/from Ostrava, living expenses, such as board and lodging, insurance, concert dress, etc. are to be fully covered by the Academy member. Usual Erasmus+ monthly support is fine to cover all of that considering the Czech Republic life standard.

IOA opens positions in all instrument sections of a symphonic orchestra, always accepting one trainee for each section with the exemption of violins and violas, where two trainees are accepted at one time.


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Admission terms

Selection process is based on live video recordings of orchestral parts and solo composition. Your curriculum will also be considered.

We require live uncut video recordings of:

1)    orchestral parts sent as one uncut video either from your device or with youtube link (to be uploaded within attached online application)



2)     excerpts from two contrast movements from a solo composition ad libitum in the length of max 10min – sent also as uncut video from your device or with youtube link

–        for violin section, see specific request in the folder with music


IOA opens positions in these sections: violin, violoncello, oboe, trumpet

Application deadline for 2021-22 season is 11th June 2021

Result will be announced to each applicant by mail by 21st June 2021.


Terms of enrollment for 2021-22 season (you will be able to mark your preference in the application)

Autumn semester 2021: 23.08.2021 – 31.01.2022

Spring semester 2022: 31.01.2022 – 30.6.2022

Whole season 2021-22: 23.08.2021 – 30.6.2022



If you have any questions, please contact the IOA coordinator on:

Martina Výrková

international relations coordinator