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Application Deadline
October 1, 2024

Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina

Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina

Selected Soloists will be presented at the colORCHESTRA concert with the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina in 2026-27 concert season under the baton of Maestro Oliver von Dohnanyi. Concert dates TBD
Rehearsals with Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina will be scheduled 3 days prior to concert date.

The concert will be Broadcast Live by Virtual Concert Halls on various public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, among other platforms
Video of the concert will stay available for playbacks on the channels.

Soloists will participate in interviews for media and other activities associated with the event.

Important dates: Application deadline - see dates on the website.
October 2024, January 2025 - Live Auditions Finals. Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Judges and the Conductors. Streaming technology seminar in preparation for Live Audition - prior to performing LIVE.
No age restrictions.
Any instrumental Concerto, a single movement, or any Aria accepted.

Meet the Orchestra

Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina
It is one of the best-known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe and holds a significant position in Slovak musical life. It was founded in 1974 as Slovakia’s only “Classical period” chamber orchestra. Since then the orchestra has attained a prominent position in both the Slovak and Czech Republics, as well as it has achieved a considerable international reputation.

Its 35 members are graduates of the major Czech and Slovak music academies and many of them are winners of international competitions and active both as soloists and chamber musicians. The quality of the players together with the experience and musicianship of the founding music director and conductor Eduard Fischer (1930-1993) brought about the quick artistic growth of the orchestra. Following chief conductors were Jan Valta, Leoš Svárovský, Oliver von Dohnányi and Simon Chalk.

Meet the Conductor

A brilliant podium artist from one of the oldest musical families in history
in the category "The best work of a conductor"

One of the most versatile European conductors, who is at home both on concert stages and in opera houses all over the world. His vast repertoire is mainly focused on the music of the 19th and 20th centuries, but he is a tireless promoter of the best composers and compositions created in the 21st century.
Awards and honors:
In addition to the Golden Masks, Oliver Dohnányi won the European Gustav Mahler Prize (2011) and the European Union Prize for the Arts (2011). His production of Norma won the "British Opera Award" for Opera North, Leeds (Theatre Award 2012 and Achievement in Opera 2012, directed by Christopher Alden) and "The Bartered Bride" won Best Opera Production of 1998 (Great Britain, directed by Daniel Slater)
He made numerous successful recordings with Naxos, Lyra, Opus / Audiphon, Panton, Supraphon and Marco Polo, including works by Glinka, Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky for the Swiss label Novalis.

Application and Audition Process

Application form is DUE by the DEADLINE June 10, 2024
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube or Google Drive links are accepted
Application fee $75

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet TV Broadcast* and will receive a preparation tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You will meet the Judges during Live Audition.
Live Auditions are held virtually.
Live Auditions are judged in real time.
Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.
During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.
• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.
• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup
Live Audition Fee - $250
*Fee includes the Technology Preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers

You will be notified about your acceptance into the colORCHESTRA program


Application and video pre-screening - $75
Live Audition - $250
Performance - NO FEE ($0)

Selected soloists are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Upon request colORCHESTRA provides supporting documentation for selected soloists' visa applications.

Selected soloists may request press releases, letters of recommendation, confirmations of their participation in the concert, in support of the soloist's grants applications.

Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina

The Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina played at such prestigious international venues as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonic Halls in Berlin, Munich and Cologne, House of Artists Prague, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Komische Oper and Konzerthaus Berlin, St. Francis’ Cathedral Assisi, Auditori Barcelona, Palau St. Jordi and Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, Symphony Hall Osaka, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Hall, Theatre de la Monnaie Brussels, Mozarteum Salzburg, Teatro Abadia and Palacio de Deportes Madrid, Tonhalle Zürich, Pavilhao Atlantico Lisbon, NCPA Beijing, Seoul Arts Center, Les Invalides and L´eglise de la Madeleine Paris, and the Great Concert Hall of the St. Peterburg Philharmonic among others.

Watch the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina conducted by Oliver von Dohnanyi

Altogether the orchestra has given more than 3300 concerts in almost every country in Europe, Asia, Africa, Japan, China, Korea, Brasilia, Canada and the U.S.A. The Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina recorded more than 70 CDs.

Among the prominent artists who have performed with the orchestra are conductors Peter Maag, Marco Armiliato, Theodore Kuchar, Claus Peter Flor, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Nicholas Kraemer, Erik Zainermand, Alexander Schwinck, Misha Katz, Vladimír Válek, Petr Vronský, Ľudovít Rajter, Christian Benda, Dwight Bennett, Christian Pollack, Peter Breiner, Vladimír Kiradjiev, Ernst Märzendorfer, Martin Sieghardt, Stefan Lano, Janusz Powolny, Volker Schmidt Gertenbach, Georg Mais, Urs Schneider, Ondrej Lenárd, Francesco Angelico, Daniele Rustioni, Jiří Rožeň and soloists: Igor Oistrach, Narciso Yepes, André Gertler, Václav Hudeček, Sophia Jaffé, Baiba Skride, Dalibor Karvay, Liana Issakadze, Vanessa Mae, Marián Lapšanský, Eugen Indjic, Till Felner, Paul Badura Skoda, Timur Sergeyenia, Ludmil Angelov, Michael Kofler, Peter Dvorský, Sergej Kopčák, Vittorio Grigolo, Michél Senechal, Stefan Elenkov, Edita Grúberová, Vesselina Kasarova, Georg Tichy, Pavol Breslik, Otokar Klein, Peter Mikuláš, Gabriela Beňačková, Magdaléna Kožená, Ľuba Orgonášová, Magdaléna Hajossyová, Gustáv Beláček, Jana Kurucová, Adriana Kučerová, Pretty Yende, Izabela Labuda, Benno Schollum, Ildikó Raimondi, Olivia Stapp, David Miller, Sarah Joy Miller, Il Divo, and Il Volo.

Slovak Sinfonietta is a member of the Orchestra Network for Europe (ONE), a distinctive network of classical symphony orchestras initiated in 2004. Focusing on addressing the specific issues of the classical music sector, ONE has designed a cooperation project promoting intercultural dialogue and extending artistic reach across borders.

Fatra House of Arts


Ján Rufínus Stejskal, a native of Moravia living in Slovakia, built the Grand Bio Universum cinema and theater building between 1919 and 1921. Originally, there were two houses from the 17th century. The Art Nouveau building was designed by engineer Székely for a relatively long time due to several changes in plans. For example, at the request of the city, he had to retreat

Between 1983 and 1988, the Fatra cinema was renovated for the needs of the State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina. It was founded in 1974 from the original Symphony Orchestra of the city of Žilina (1959 – 1974). Unfortunately, during this reconstruction, they insensitively removed the original historical inscription on the upper facade of the “BIO UNIVERSUM” building. A building for the needs of the orchestra was added to the cinema, and in 1988 a concert organ from the Rieger-Kloss workshop in Krnov was built in the hall. The national artist Ján Cikker (1911 – 1989), who also has his own bust in the lobby on the ground floor, also contributed to the creation of the orchestra.

The Fatra House of Arts also hosts various social and cultural events. In 1997, the Žilina choir erected two memorial plaques on the front of the building, commemorating the premiere of the film Jánošík and the establishment of the State Chamber Orchestra. The House of Art is registered in the Central List of Monuments under number 13729/0.

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