Bohuslav Martinů
Ludwig van Beethoven
Antonín Dvořák
Viktor Kalabis
Sergej Rachmaninov
Alfred Schnittke
Klement Slavický
Luboš Sluka
Dmitrij Šostakovič

A Few Words About the Festival

For 29 years, the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival has aimed to present and promote the music of the Polička native. The focus of the programme is on concerts by leading Czech chamber ensembles and top soloists, who also present the composer's less frequently performed works. The festival includes the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition, which supports the performance of the composer's works by the youngest generation of performers and thus helps to shape young artists. The concerts in cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra each year also feature large-scale symphonic compositions. The festival thus showcases the richness and diversity of Bohuslav Martinů's work in the context of the works of Czech and international composers who share historical and stylistic influences and relationships with Bohuslav Martinů.


Bohuslav Martinů is a sunny apparition in the sky of Czech music. Together with Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček, he belongs to the golden treasure of Czech national cultural identity.


29. 11. 2023 19:30

Ivan Ženatý & Miroslav Sekera

Dvořák | Martinů | Sluka | Smetana

1. 12. 2023 19:30  Cancelled
due to illness of a quartet member

Apollon Quartet

Martinů | Schubert

5. 12. 2023 19:30

Václav Petr & Marek Kozák

Martinů | Schnittke | Rachmaninov

6. 12. 2023 19:30

The Czech Nonet

Spohr | Martinů | Lutoslawski | Foerster

7. 12. 2023 19:30

Česká filharmonie

Mozart, Martinů

8. 12. 2023 19:30

Jan Mráček & Lukáš Klánský

Beethoven | Šostakovič | Mendelssohn - Bartholdy | Kalabis | Martinů

11. 12. 2023 19:30

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Martinů, Glass, Beeethoven

12. 12. 2023 19:30

Martin Kasík

Novák | Janáček | Martinů | Slavický

Archive of Concerts


The 28ᵗʰ edition of the competition will take place on 25-27 November 2022 in the Martinů Hall of the Liechtenstein Palace

The 28ᵗʰ edition of the competition will take place from 23-25 November 2023 in the Martinů Hall of the Liechtenstein Palace

Since 1996, the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition has been discovering new musical talent in the fields of piano, violin, cello, voice, harpsichord, wind instruments and chamber ensembles.
Recent laureates include clarinetist Anna Paulová, pianist Matouš Zukal and violinist Kristián Mráček. Winners of earlier editions include violinist Roman Patočka, cellist Tomáš Jamník, pianist Ivo Kahánek and many others.

In 2022, the first prize winners were violinist Kristian Mráček and Trio Gaudium in the category of chamber ensembles with piano. The concert of last year's laureates will take place on November 26 2023.

The competition takes place at the Lichtenstein Palace, which is the seat of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, Malostranské nám. 13, 118 00 Prague 1.

The 2023 edition will take place in the following categories:

  1. piano
  2. chamber ensembles /duo to sextet without piano/

The competition is open to candidates up to 28 years of age from the Czech and Slovak Republics or to foreign students studying in the Czech Republic.

Young performers have the opportunity to measure their artistic abilities in eight regularly rotating categories:

  • Violin / chamber ensemble trio to sextet with piano
  • Piano / chamber ensemble trio to sextet without piano
  • Wind instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet) / harpsichord
  • Vocal / cello

"The aim of the competition is to disseminate the works of Bohuslav Martinů by young, artistic personalities and to promote the performance of works by other Czech composers of more recent times."  

This commitment is reflected in the form of the competition performances, where, in addition to the works of Bohuslav Martinů for the given field, there is also a composition by a Czech composer written after 1960 and a work of the world repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. More information can be found in the competition conditions.

Conditions of the competition

Media partners

The 28 ͭ ͪ Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival

Brief evaluation of the last edition

The 28ᵗʰ Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival and the 27ᵗʰ Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition for young artists on the threshold of their musical careers took place from  November 27 to December 17 2022. Visitors had the opportunity to hear a total of ten concerts. Seven of them in the Martinů Hall, where we welcomed the Czech performing elite. The other three took place in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Chamber Music Society. The audience had the opportunity to hear performances by both Czech and foreign artists. Among the highlights of this year's edition was, for example, the renewed premiere of Bohuslav Martinů's String Quartet No. 1, in the version of the Bennewitz Quartet, which is based on the parts of the Ševčík-Lhotský Quartet with notes by the composer himself. Furthermore, a performance of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 H 293 performed by world superstars Leonidas Kavakos and the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Jakub Hrůša. A standing ovation was also given to the January concert in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, which took place in cooperation with our traditional partner - the Czech Chamber Music Society.



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