The French-Czech Music Academy Telč was founded in 1995 as a unique European music project, connecting Czech and French culture. The project founders are the Municipality of Telč, the French Embassy and the French Institute in Prague. Since 2004, the Academy has been organized by the Česko-francouzská akademie Telč, o.p.s., a public benefit corporation, which was established by the Municipality of Telč as its sole founder in 2003.
The Academy offers international master classes led by excellent Czech and French musicians for students of conservatories and universities of music from the Czech Republic, France, Slovakia and various other countries. Since its beginnings, the Academy concept has been based on the linking of European traditions of French woodwind and Czech string schools – Czech professors teach the art of playing string instruments (violin, viola and violoncello – Pavel Šporcl a Jan Talich, Vladimír Bukač, Michal Kaňka) and French professors teach the art of playing wind instruments (flute, oboe and horn – C. Cantin, J. L. Capezzali and A. Cazalet). The stringed instrument classes also focus on the interpretation of music written by Bohuslav Martinů. Since 2017 there is opened a double-bass class led by Mr. Jiří Hudec. Among other things there are long-term plans afoot which aim to open classes for clarinet and harp as well as one more violin class. Besides teaching the world repertoire, the classes also focus on the interpretation of the Bohuslav Martinů’s music.
The French-Czech Music Academy is annually attended by more than fifty students from many countries, both European and non-European. During their courses, they give concerts together with their teachers in the concert halls of the Panský dvůr centre and the National Heritage Institute in Telč. Gala concerts performed by the best participants and lecturers will be transmitted on-line via the Web site of the Academy. Teaching the art of playing instruments aims at developing individual participants’ solo playing skills at the maximum extent. However, the overall concept of the Academy is based on artistic versatility – the development of playing chamber music and orchestral practice.
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF MR. MILAN ŠTĚCH, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, AND MR. JIŘÍ BĚHOUNEK, PRESIDENT OF THE VYSOČINA REGION