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36th International Music Master Classes  

Brno, 1. - 12. 7. 2003 ; 15. - 19. 9.2003

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At the beginning of summer holidays or in the 3rd week in September we will be very pleased to welcome all participants in International Music Master Classes in Brno. The tuition takes place in the modern-equipped building of the Faculty of Music of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and under the professional supervision of experienced teachers and renowned artists.
The main aim of these master classes is the interpretation of works by Czech composers (Smetana, Dvořák, Novák, Suk, Martinů, Janáček and others, including contemporary ones). However, participants may also focus on other works from the world repertoire. The International Music Master Classes are opened for the following disciplines: piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, viola, violoncello, flute, singing, and chamber music (string quartet, piano trio etc.). Courses in electronic keybord instruments and creative improvisation are a special part of the classes.

  • 5 lessons in the duration of 45 minutes, minimally, to every solo active participant; chamber ensembles are guaranteed 90 minute-lessons. The number of lessons can be reduced or extended, just as the participant wishes.
  • a piano accompanist on demand
  • the possibility to choose a tutor or to ask for a combined tuition (e.g. 2 lessons with one tutor, 3 lessons with another) if there are more teachers in one discipline
  • the opportunity to play at concerts which are organized daily during the course time (in September there is only a closing concert organized)
  • sufficient amount of practice rooms and practice hours
  • free access to any lessons and seminars of all disciplines, and to concerts organized within the master classes
  • the opportunity to record own CD or video cassette
In the end, every active participant will receive a certificate of the participation in the International Music Master Classes.
Additional events:
  • a sightseeing tour of Brno
  • a visit to the Janáček Museum (with the possibility of studying the sources kept there)
  • a trip to a southmoravian city - Mikulov including a visit to a traditional wine cellar (only in July)

To relax, we can recommend a trip by steam-boat on the Brno dam or a walk in its surroundings. You may also visit the Moravian Karst with the Macocha Abyss and the Punkva caves which are only 30 km far from Brno. About 70 km north of Brno there is Bohuslav Martinů’s hometown – Polička (possibility of visiting the museum, composer´s birthplace – a small room in the church tower, and the cemetery where Martinů is buried). Brno offers many possibilities of cultural and sport activitites, as well as to spending time in many of cafés and restaurants. (Please, visit to find further information about city, culture, travelling and leisure time activities.) participation

Active or passive participation in master classes is possible.
The active participation is recommended for:
  • students and graduates from conservatoires
  • students and graduates from music colleges and academies of music
  • professional musicians
In the disciplines of electronic keybord instruments and creative improvisation all applicants are considered to be active participants.
Participation is not limited by age.
Enrolment fee:
  • 1,000,- CZK
  • 700,- CZK - for those applicants who participated in the courses in previous years
In case of participating in more disciplines, only one enrolment fee is paid.
Tuition fee for passive participants: 3,000,- CZK
Tuition fee for active participants:

Number of lessonsSolo discipline without accompanistSolo discipline with accompanistMember of chamber ensemble
6th and next lesson450900-
50% of the tuition fee of the 2nd and another discipline in case of applying for two or more disciplines.
50% of the tuition fee for the first two applicants from a selected country. Norway is the selected country in 2003.

The enrolment fee has to be paid by May 31, 2003 and the bank receipt together with the application form have to be sent in as soon as possible afterwards.
In case of cancellation or absence, the enrolment fee cannot be refund with the exception of not accepting the application on the part of the Faculty of Music.
The transfer of the tuition fee has to be done in the way that the tuition fee will have provenly been at the payee’s account by the beginning of the courses at the latest.
The transfer has to include a note "free of charge for the payee".

Account: Hudební fakulta JAMU – MIK Bank KB Brno – město, nám. Svobody 21 Bank Account Number 27-0493900217 Variable Code1920130002

The filled-in application form has to be sent by post to the following address:
HF JAMU - MIK, Komenského nám. 6, 662 15 Brno, Czech Republic or by fax to:
+420 542 218 049 by May 31, 2003 at the latest.
You can also download the application form here.
Applications will be accepted as valid only after receipt of the enrolment fee.
If the number of applications exceeds the capacity, the order of accepted application form will be considered primary.
The courses participants can be accommodated in a modern-equipped hall of residence "Astorka" for a price 200 CZK per night in double or triple rooms, 300 CZK in single room.

Two rooms form a unit with a WC and bathroom.
For the September master classes accommodation can be booked from September 14 to 20.
The accommodation will be paid for in cash at the reception desk after the arrival.
Participants can arrange the accomodation on their own.
We can recommend the restaurant SONÁTA located on the ground floor of the Faculty of Music which offers a wide variety of meals and midday menu at favourable price.
Arrival and welcome of participants:Faculty of Music of JAMU
Courses in July:July 1, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Courses in September:September 15, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Please, inform us about a different date and time of your arrival.

Opening of Master Classes and setting of the schedule:Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music
Courses in July:July 1, 2003 at 7 p.m.
Courses in September:September 15, 2003, at 13.00

International Music Master Classes
Faculty of Music, JAMU
Komenského nám. 6
662 15 Brno, Czech Republic

Director:doc. Jiří Skovajsa
Secretary:Ms. Jana Rousková
Enquiries:MgA. Petra Koňárková
tel./fax: +420 542 218 049

Jiří Skovajsa (b. l945) – will teach only in the July term

laureate of the Alfredo Casella International Piano Competition in Naples, winner of the Janáček competition in Brno. During the period from 1977 - 1995 he was a soloist of the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed not only in European countries, but also in Cuba and Japan. Nowadays, he is a senior lecturer of piano at JAMU and a frequent member of national and international competition juries.

Jan Jiraský (b. 1973) – will teach in the July and September term
studied at JAMU, one of the best interprets of young generation. He is laureate of many national and international competitions (1st prize in Kijev, Noyers, Novi Sad, Karlovy Vary, medal of Maria Canals de Barcelona, special prize in Darmstadt, finalist of competition EBU/UNESCO Lisabon etc.), holder of two Classic prizes 1999. He performed in 13 European countries and in the USA, cooperates with Czech and foreign orchestras and conductors. His CD-debut (1994) has been recorded for Viennese company Musica.

Barbara Maria Willi – will teach from July 1 to July 8, 2003
graduate from harpsichord in Freiburg, Strasbourg and at Mozarteum in Salzburg. The many master classes she has taken part in include those given by musicians such as Jesper Christensen, Jos van Immerseel, Gordon Murray and Christopher Stembridge. She has participated in numerous international music festivals and has made CD recordings as well as recording for Czech television and radio, and for radio stations around the world. In 2000, she founded the Capella Apollinis ensemble, and she also currently collaborates with distinguished soloists as Annegret Siedel, John Holloway, Nigel North and Magdalena Koľená. She is harpsichord lecturer at the Faculty of Music of JAMU.
The course will include solo repertoire as well as continuo playing according to 17th century sources (A. Banchieri, L. Penna, G. Muffat).
Kamila Klugarová – will teach only in the July term

studied at JAMU in Brno and AMU in Prague, laureate of national and international competitions (Prague Spring, Bologna), member of the jury of several international competitions. She performed in Europe and Asia, taught master classes in Finland, France and Netherlands. She has made CD recordings for television and radio. At present she is organ professor at the Faculty of Music.
Bohumil Smejkal (b. 1935) – will teach only in the July term
worked first as soloist and conductor of the Radio Orchestra in Brno, later as concert master of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and then as leader of the world renowned Janáček Quartet (1973-1993). He has taught master classes in Great Britain, USA, Canada and Japan. He is professor of violin and chamber music at JAMU.

František Novotný (b. l964) – will teach only in the September term

studied at the Conservatory and at JAMU in Brno. As a student he took part in about twenty national and international competitions and master classes with Z. Bron and V. V. Tretiakov. He devotes much time to solo concert activities, cooperates with leading Czech and foreign orchestras and conductors, records CDs and perfoms in Europe, USA (Carnegie Hall) and Japan, where he also gives master classes. Since 1990 he has been teaching at JAMU.
Miroslav Zicha (b. 1958) – will teach only in the July term
graduate from the Conservatory in Brno and JAMU. He works as a teacher at the Conservatory in Brno and since 1995 has also been teaching at JAMU. As a member of the Bohuslav Martinů Trio he performed in the Czech Republic and abroad, nowadays he cooperates with the Moravian Piano Trio.
Václav Kunt (b. 1949) – will teach in the July and September term

one of the best Czech flutists, studied at JAMU. After playing in the Orchestra of Janáček Theatre for 10 years, he devotes to solo and chamber concert activities. Since 1981 has been active as soloist of the Prague Chamber Orchestra without conductor, since 1999 has been teaching at JAMU. He performed all around the world, has recorded many CDs and broadcast recordings.
Anna Barová – will teach in the July and September term
mezzosoprano; studied at AMU in Prague, in 1959-69 soloist of the State Theater in Leipzig, since 1969 of the National Theatre Brno. Her opera repertoire is very varied. Her concert appearances include solo recitals as well as solo parts in cantatas and oratorios by composers of different time periods. She cooperates with distinguished orchestras and has made many CD and broadcast recordings. At present she is professor at the Department of Singing at JAMU.

Alain Nonat (b. 1942, Canada) – will teach only in the July term

tenor, First Prize laureate of the „Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris“ and laureate of several national and international competitions. He is general and artistic director of Theatre Lyrichoregra 20 and of the international program Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. He is a member of the jury of several international voice competitions in Europe.
The electronic keyboard instrument course and creative improvisation will be happening simultaneously. Passive and active participants will not be differentiated. It is recommended that participants bring their own instruments. Single lessons will be divided to theoretical and practical sections.

Daniel Forró (b. l958) – will teach only in the July term

composer (more than 1000 compositions in different genres), concert artist (especially on electronic instruments – his own project FORROTRONICS), musicologist, journalist. He is a senior lecturer at JAMU (Head of the Department of Electroacoustic and Computer music). For 25 years he has been using electronic devices in creating artificial music. He is the author of various special books and sketches. He has cooperated closely with the firm YAMAHA as an expert.
The main focus of the course is to introduce students the history and current state of development of electronic musical instruments, to teach them how to use them (sound programming, stylistics of playing, etc.), how to work the MIDI system and a wide range of music software (sequencer, notator, editors, software for composing, Internet…). Part of the course will also focus on arranging.

In the creative improvisation course the participants will have an opportunity to conceive the principals of improvisation and to learn how to improvise. The course is open to all applicants, including vocalists, all homophonic instrument players and polyphonic string instrument or keyboard players. The methodology of improvisation will also be explained, therefore the course is suitable for elementary music school teachers.