International Slavic Music Competition

The IFSM presents the International Slavic Music Competition 2019 for the youth aged 5–30, culminating in the traditional Winners‘ Concert. It is overseen by the international Jury and focuses on performances of classical music written exclusively by composers of Slavic origin. It is its aim to broaden public knowledge of the works of Slavic composers and raise interest in artificial music in general. The competition is international and anyone who complies with the age limits and the competition rules below may take part. This year singers may attend doc. Alexander Vovk’s (POL) masterclass. He is a soloist of the Opera Śląska w Bytomiu and the Silesian Theatre in Opava. String players may take interest in Tomáš Pospíšil’s musical workshop. He is a master violin-maker and will present different instruments and the way they are made. Students and pupils may naturally consult the Jury and discuss their performances. The Jury will consist of active artists as well as theorists from may European countries.

Date and Place

7 November 2019 08:00

Concert Hall and Music Studio of the Základní umělecká škola Ostrava-Poruba




clarinet and saxophone player, conductor, director of the Základní umělecká škola (School of Fine Arts) Ostrava-Poruba, took part in more than 600 studio recordings, former conductor of the Marching and Brass Band of the Czech Ministry of Defense

Members of the Jury


mezzosoprano; she has performed at the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, Carnegie Hall in New York, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House London, San Francisco Opera and many others; she has had performances at: Salzburger Festspiele, Prague Spring etc.; she has sung under the batons of, for example, J. Bělohlávek, S. Bychkov, Ch. von Dohnanyi, Ch. Mackerras or W. Sawallisch; she has collaborated with Bamberger Symphoniker, BBC Symphony, London Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker etc.; author and protagonist of the Wanted project, which opened the prestigious Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau



violinist, Deputy Director of the Państwowa Ogólnokształcąca Szkoła Muzyczna I st. im. St. Moniuszki w Katowicach

Jelena Lorena ŠVILPE (LAT)

composer, producer, professional voice teacher, Chairwoman of the Board of the European Centre for Children’s Music, president of the Riga Symphony festival; director of the Pumpurini vocal music school; official representative of the Slaviansky bazar festival in Europe; manager of the Passport to Hollywood exchange programme in the Baltic and the „Baltic Transit“ in Jurmala (Latvia), member of juries at international competitions in more than 80 countries

Tatyana TESLYA (RUS)

operatic singer – dramatic soprano, soloist of the Moscow and St. Petersburg Operas, long-time soloist of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, teacher at the JAMU in Brno and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Artist of Merit of the Russian Federation


prof. dr hab., musicologist and organist, Rector of the Akademia muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach; performs in dozens of European cities, has recorded three CDs and collaborates with the radio and TV. He has contributed to a number of publications and books on organ

Michele POMA (ITA)

composer, president of the management of the M.I.F. Association – director of the CREATIVITA senza FRONTIERE international competition and a singer; ambassador of intercultural exchanges; has taken part in many international competitions as a Member of Jury


violoncellist, pedagogue and manager; former director of the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, professor at the JAMU, teacher of the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava as well the Faculty of Fine Arts in Ostrava; Member of the Jury in international competitions ((Beethovenův Hradec, W. Wielkomiskeho etc.); he has visited most European countries as a soloist, as well as Argentina, Korea and Japan; he has taught in China and Canada

Miroslav SEKERA (CZE)

pianist; as a child he took up the part of young Amadeus in Miloš Forman’s film; he won the 1st prize at the F. Chopin competition in Mariánské lázně, 1st prize at the the HAMU competition and 1st prize at the J. Brahms competition in Potslach; he performed on prestigious stages in Vienna (Konzerthaus, Musikverein), in Washington D.C. (The Kennedy Center) etc. He performs with the violinist, Josef Špaček, and Radek Baborák


operatic tenor, PhD. in Music Theory; has received the Bayreuther Festspiele 2016 scholarship; teaches at the Department of Music Education at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Department of Solo Singing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Ostrava University; teaches at the ZUŠ Ostrava-Poruba, Executive and Artistic Director of the International Festival of Slavic Music, member of international juries (Italy, Russia, Ukraine), music journalist (Harmonie, Opera Plus), professional consultant (Stanislavsky’s Theatre in Moscow), viola player in the Friš folklore ensemble


Alexandr Vovk

Alexandr VOVK (POL)

opera singer (baritone), soloist of the Oper Śląska w Bytomiu and the Silesian Theatre in Opava, winner of the International Singer’s Competition in Carlsbad, teacher of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Ostrava University and the Akademia muzyczna w Katowicach