The Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (JPO), one of the leading Czech orchestras, has opened itself up to the international scene in the last few years, and is now performing under a new chief conductor, Heiko Mathias Förster. Abroad, the orchestra’s goal is to promote Czech music, and it specializes in the Czech repertoire; in its hometown the orchestra is keen to introduce the best and most interesting pieces of the world repertoire performed by top soloists and conductors. The orchestra is regularly invited to other countries (recently e.g. to the United States, Korea, China, Germany, Austria), and it holds concerts with young stars as well as with well-known soloists and conductors from all around the world. Its repertoire ranges from the classics of music to the unexplored works of recent years.
The JPO is based at the City of Ostrava Cultural Centre. Here, the Philharmonic holds its subscription concert series and various other entertainment or educational events. For several years the orchestra has also performed in the multifunctional Gong auditorium in the Lower Vítkovice area.