About Concertino Praga
The International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, which has been organized by Czech Radio since 1966, is directed at young performers.
It is held in different categories in a three-year cycle: strings - violin, piano, cello and harp, woodwinds – flute, oboe, clarinet, basoon and trumpet, and chamber music – from duos upto quintets.
Young musicians from all around the world take part in the international competition through professional audio recordings, from which a seven-member jury of internationally renowned performers chooses the best through listening to the CDs in an anonymous fashion. Due to the strictly anonymous way in which the choice is made, the results are very objective.
Each year, the competition´s highlight is a special celebratory concert in Prague, where the awarded winners give their, often first, performance in front of radio microphones. Solo performers are accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The laureates also perform at the following traditional South Bohemian festival Concertino Praga, giving a total of four concerts in the marvelous halls of South Bohemian castles.
The competition´s goal is to promote classical music and to introduce the best Czech and foreign young musicians of their generation to the public.
The organizer also offers further concert opportunities to the winners, not only in the year that the competition was held, but also in the years after.