The International Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž was established by conductor Tomáš Netopil.
He has invited for collaboration prominent performers of classical music, who will, in their roles as tutors, pass on their experience to promising young musicians. The Academy is designed for conservatoire students, university students and young performers. Other activities are also aimed at pupils of state schools of performing arts.
The Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž offers students exceptional artistic tuition as well as the opportunity to meet and share experience with each other and other guests, it brings to the audience numerous public concerts and prize winners also get a chance to perform with the philharmonic orchestra.
The general public can enjoy the accompanying Academy programme, which includes interaction with music through concerts, seminars, and other projects in the exquisite surroundings of the historically important town of Kroměříž, both indoors and outdoors. The Academy is also interconnected with the festival of classical music, Music in the Gardens and Chateau of Kroměříž.
Tomáš Netopil Artistic Director of the Academy
This native of Kroměříž has attracted the attention of the music world as one of the most interesting conductors of the day. Currently, he works as the Music Director with Aalto Theatre and the Essen Philharmonic. Before that, he was the Lead Conductor of the Czech National Theatre Opera. In the autumn of 2017, he was appointed Head Guest Conductor for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tomáš Netopil studied violin at the State School of Performing Arts and the P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatoire in Kroměříž. Then he devoted himself to choirmaster studies and conducting at Prague’s AMU, where his mentors included Jiří Bělohlávek. He also studied in Finland with Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Stockholm.
He entered the ranks of the world elite after a string of victories in prestigious competitions including the main prize from the American conductors’ Aspen Academy. To date, he has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses and with the world’s leading orchestras (the Berlin Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan, Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.)
It has been a long-term dream of his to build up courses in Kroměříž and to bring together the world’s leading musicians and most gifted students in the one place that exudes such extraordinary musical inspiration.
This place is absolutely unique and very inspiring. Students will become part of the music community which will enable their further artistic growth.
The Town of Kroměříž – The Seat of Archbishops
The Academy enjoys the use of the grounds of two artistic institutions – The Conservatoire of P. J. Vejvanovský in Kroměříž and the State School of Performing Arts in Kroměříž, both located in the historic heart of the town. The Baroque spaces combined with art create an unmistakeable “Genius loci”. This Moravian town, also nicknamed “Athens of Haná”, charms its visitors with its beautiful buildings and unique historic sights. The Archbishop’s Chateau and beautiful gardens of Květná and Podzámecká are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town is one of the most popular places to visit in the Czech Republic.