Raising the next Dvořák

October 13, 2015
Violin strings in close-up photo by Providence Doucet (@providence) on Unsplash

The Czech approach to musical training for children

The Czech Republic has a rich classical music tradition, dating back to international composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana and continuing to modern day orchestral and choral performances in halls like the Rudolfinum in Prague’s Old Town. The Prague Philharmonic Symphony, a performance symphony comprised of the best musicians from all the Czech orchestras, is among the most-recorded symphonies in the world, recording everything from CDs for contemporary artists like Jonas Kaufmann to Star Wars: The Clone War. But the talents of Czech musical professionals weren’t born overnight. Where did modern day Czech professionals get their initial musical training as children?

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