The Moravian Autumn festival ranks among the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. It was established as the Brno International Music Festival in 1966 when, following years of strict isolation imposed by hard-line communism, the activities of Brno artistic institutions were once again acquiring an international dimension, and the responses to its first year were very positive.

The festival invites orchestras to Brno that were previously passing Europe by, alongside top chamber ensembles and the world’s most celebrated soloists. It is not only a festival of “interpretation” which seeks to bring to Brno the cream of the world’s performers and to compare them with first-class home musicians, but also a festival of “programming”, one that is not only about “stars” (and certainly not about “competition” between them), but also about “substance”.
Moravian Autumn takes pride in seeking new and interesting threads of programming, approaching living composers and giving them commissions. The festival also draws attention to young performers, giving them an opportunity to display their developing talents.

Composer Jan Novák and the 100th anniversary of his birth. Minimalism and its current trends in American, Czech and Russian environments of Armenia. These are the three principal dramaturgical focal points of this 51st festival year. A multitude of concerts, events, musical encounters at unconventional venues and theatrical performances in their world and Czech premieres have been arranged over seventeen days in October.

The festival has its own website.

Upcoming concerts

october 2021

fri01oct19:00OPENING CONCERT / Moravian AutumnJ. NOVÁK Choreae Philharmonicae
SCHWERTSIK Nachtmusiken
GLASS Symphony No. 12 „Lodger“
19:00 Janáčkovo divadloGenre and style:Koncerty šéfdirigentaFestivals:Moravský podzim

sat02oct19:00MARTYNOV & GRINDENKO & OPUS POSTH & HUUN-HUUR-TU & MLADA / Moravian AutumnMARTYNOV Children of the Otter, oratorio19:00 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun03oct14:0016:00A CONCERT FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS / NEW WORLD OF MORAVIAN AUTUMNCompositions with a children's theme with the involvement of puppetry and shadow play14:00 - 16:00 OstatníGenre and style:Pro rodiče a dětiFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun03oct16:0018:00RENAISSANCE MOTETS / Moravian AutumnRenaissance vespers16:00 - 18:00 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun03oct19:00WÜRTTEMBERG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA HEILBRONN / Moravian AutumnSTRAVINSKY Dumbarton Oaks
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
SCHNITTKE Concerto Grosso No. 3
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major “Classical”
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

tue05oct19:00LE POÈME HARMONIQUE / Moravian Autumn"Aux marches du palais", traditional French songs of the 15th to 19th centuries19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

wed06oct19:00JAN NOVÁK 100 / Moravian AutumnJ. NOVÁK
Choreae vernales, Odarum concentus
Carmina Sulamitis, Concentus Eurydicae
Concentus biiugis
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

thu07oct19:00JAKUB SLÁDEK – PIANO RECITAL / Moravian AutumnMARTINŮ Piano Sonata
J. NOVÁK Elegantiae tripudiorum
METNER Fairy Tales
RACHMANINOFF Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

fri08oct19:00LUDICRA / Moravian AutumnLudicra - Five world premieres after Jan Novák’s Latin poetry19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

09oct(oct 9)16:0010(oct 10)18:00KALOKAGATHIA I & II / Moravian AutumnA lesson in Latin, A lesson in calisthenics16:00 - 18:00 (10) OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sat09oct21:30NOVÁK 2 / NEW WORLD OF MORAVIAN AUTUMNWorld premieres of pieces on theme by Jan Novák21:30 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun10oct10:0012:00MISSA PHILADELPHIAE / Moravian Autumn10:00 - 12:00 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun10oct17:0019:00THE DEPTHS OF THE SOUL OF ARMENIAN MUSIC / Moravian Autumna screening of a documentary film by Anne-Kathrin Peitz17:00 - 19:00 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun10oct19:00THE NAGHASH ENSEMBLE / Moravian AutumnThe Naghash Ensemble19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

tue12oct19:00REJCHA: THE ART OF VARYING / Moravian AutumnREJCHA LʼArt de Varier19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

wed13oct19:00IVA BITTOVÁ & ALEPH GITARRENQUARTETT / Moravian AutumnG. F. HAAS Guitar Quartet
CAGE / SMOLKA Music for Marcel Duchamp
CHALOUPKA Guitar Quartet No. 2 “Aria of Eve”
B. LANG Monadologie XXXII – The Cold Trip pt. I
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

wed13oct21:30MIRRORS OF BRNO / NEW WORLD OF MORAVIAN AUTUMNEMMERT String Quartet No. 5
KAPRÁLOVÁ / arr. NOTA Seconds
NOTA Ich Bin Die Zeit
MARTINŮ String Quartet No. 5
21:30 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

thu14oct19:00CELLO OCTET AMSTERDAM & MAKI NAMEKAWA / Moravian AutumnGLASS The Hours, first Czech performace
HOVHANESS Lousadzak
V. ZOUHAR composition commissioned by the festival, world premiere
GLASS Dracula, first Czech performace
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

fri15oct19:00COACH TO VIENNA / Moravian AutumnTheatrical performance with live orchestra19:00 OstatníFestivals:Moravský podzim

sat16oct19:00FROM THE NEW CITY / NEW WORLD OF MORAVIAN AUTUMNBRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor
BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major
WEBER Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in F minor
BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major
DVOŘÁK Czech Suite in D major
19:00 Besední důmFestivals:Moravský podzim

sun17oct19:00ARMENIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA / Moravian AutumnMANSURIAN “…and then I was in time again”
TERTERIAN Symphony No. 3
TERTERIAN Khachaturian Symphony No. 2 in E minor
19:00 Janáčkovo divadloFestivals:Moravský podzim