S.E.M. Ensemble

Ostrava Center for New Music

Ostrava Center for New Music (OCNM) was founded in 2000 thanks to the initiative of Petr Kotík. A series of concerts with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (featuring work by Earl Brown, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Martin Smolka, and Karlheinz Stockhausen) started the idea of creating a special independent organization for new music in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

OCNM was created for the purpose of organizing Ostrava Days, Institute and Festival, which gives composers, musicians and musicologists an opportunity to work with leading representatives of contemporary music. Ostrava Days is a working and learning environment focused on orchestral compositions. OCNM has founded the international chamber orchestra Ostravská Banda and has been organizing concerts in cooperation with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002. In 2012, OCNM began organizing a festival of contemporary opera in cooperation with the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre - New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO).

OCNM also produces publications about contemporary music as part of the Ostrava Days Report series. 

Ostrava Days '15


NODO '14



Petr Kotík
Artistic Director

Renáta Spisarová
Executive Director

Kristýna Konczyna
Office Manager, Ostrava

Board of Directors:
Antonín Matzner (Prague)
Bessel Kok (Prague)
Ivan C. Chadima (Prague)
Frederic Z. Haller (London)
Daniela Retková (Prague)
Nele Hertling (Berlin)
Ing. arch. Martin Kotík (Prague)
Petr Kotík (New York)
JUDr. Stanislav Brtník (Ostrava)                                                
Norman Rosenthal (London)
Dita Eibenová (Ostrava)

Ostrava Office:
Ostravské centrum nové hudby
Dr. Šmerala 2
702 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Tel., fax: +420/596 203 426

New York Office:
Ostrava Center for New Music
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Tel: +1/718 488 76 59