VENI ACADEMY – winter academy 2020

Session / 21. November - 26. November 2020
Dom Umenia / Košice / Moyzesova 66 / SK

Do you want to experience something extraordinary with music this autumn? Become a member of VENI ACADEMY!

VENI ACADEMY is a community of young people who like to play music that they do not normally come across at school. Experienced teachers, mostly players of VENI ensemble, teach them how to play such music and take care of their further artistic development.

VENI ACADEMY is returning to Košice where it started its journey in autumn 2010. Since then, dozens of concerts have been organised within this project in Slovakia, Europe, but also in New York, recorded and released two CDs and organised academies for more than 250 students from 10 countries.

Our anniversary academy will be extraordinary mostly thanks to three foreign guests – a distinguished Polish composer and pianist Zygmunt Krauze (1938, PL), an artistic director of Sound Factory, composer and educator Robert Kurdybach (1971, PL), and an interesting, award-winning Czech composer (as well as a keyboard player in David Koller Band) Michal Nejtek (1977, CZ). All three guests will also be teachers of the academy during which we will study the composition Appolinaire’s Poem by Zygmunt Krauze for speaking pianist playing out-of-tune upright piano and 12 optional instruments in which the solo part is played by the author himself, a composition of Michal Nejtek which is being composed as a commison from VENI ACADEMY, a piano concert of John Cage, and a premiere of the composition NARWASTU No. 2 by Daniel Matej.

We have also included the remarkable solo recital Improvisation on Chopin by Zygmunt Krauze in the programme of the academy.

We are offering you a one and only opportunity to apply for the winter academy 2020 which will take place between 21 and 26 November 2020 in Košice.

It does not matter which instrument you play. However, you should ideally be a student of whichever year at a conservatory or a university of music and you should know your musical instrument truly well.

Teachers and guests of this year’s academy:

Ivan Šiller, CEO, pianist

Daniel Matej, artistic director, conductor

David Danel (CZ), violinist

Robert Kurdybacha (PL), composer, conductor

Zygmunt Krauze (PL), composer, pianist

Michal Nejtek (CZ), composer, conductor


Compositions that will be studied at the academy will be presented at the festival ARS NOVA 2020 in Košice.


Programme of the closing concert of autumn academy in Košice:

Michal Nejtek – new work, premiere

Zygmunt Krauze – Appolinaire’s Poem for a reciting pianist playing an off-key piano and arbitrarily chosen 12 instruments (2018)

Daniel Matej – NARWASTU No. 2 for three or more instruments, premiere (supported by scholarship using public funds by Slovak Arts Council)

John Cage – Concert for a piano and orchestra (1957/1958)



21 November 2020 – from 15:00 – session 1

22 November 2020 – a creative morning – session 2 – session 3

23 November 2020 – a creative morning – session 4 – session 5

24 November 2020 – a creative morning – session 6 – a visit of a concert of Zygmunt Krauze

25 November 2020 – a creative morning – session 7 – rehearsal – concert (19:00)

26 November 2020 – closure of the project



The academy and the closing concert will take place at Košice State Philharmony.



Moyzesova 66

040 01 Košice


  • participation at the academy is possible for up to 20 students
  • we will provide and pay for accommodation in Košice for up to 10 students
  • the application form needs to be sent by November 1st, 2020 by filling in a questionnaire
  • make sure that you bring all necessary sound equipment provided that your musical instrument (e.g. an electric guitar, a keyboard) requires it
  • you will receive all further information after sending the application form

VENI ACADEMY is supported using public funds by Slovak Arts Council.

  • Daniel Matej - art director
  • Ivan Šiller - executive director, keyboard instruments
  • David Danel (CZ) - violin
  • Zygmunt Krauze (PL) - piano, composition
  • Michal Nejtek (CZ) - composition
  • Robert Kurdybacha (PL) - composition, conducting