Janáček philharmonic OstravaInternational Orchestral Academy

International Orchestral Academy

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava opened this season its International Orchestral Academy. With its international reach, it is the first project of its kind in the Czech Republic.

The aim of the Academy is to offer young, talented musicians valuable experience of orchestral practice and teamwork in one of the best Czech orchestras.

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 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.

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 stantard.

IOA opens positions in these sections:




double bass


french horn

Working language:


Admission Criteria

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

You can find all SCORES OF ORCHESTRAL PARTS on: dropbox

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


Application deadline for 2020-21 season is 26th June 2020

Results will be announced to each applicant by mail by 6th July 2020.


Terms of enrollment for 2020-21 season (you will be able to mark your preference in the application)

Autumn semester 2020: 31.08.2020 – 31.01.2021
Spring semester 2021: 05.02.2021 – 30.6.2021
Whole season 2020-21: 31.08.2020 – 30.6.2021

Audition for 2021-22 season will be announced in spring 2021 with the following enrollment terms:


Terms of enrollment for 2021-22 season

Autumn semester 2021: 31.08.2021 – 31.01.2022
Spring semester 2022: 05.02.2022 – 30.6.2022
Whole season 2021-22: 31.08.2021 – 30.6.2022



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

Martina Výrková

international relations coordinator