Ševčík Academy

for students aged from 16 to 28 years

At the time of his greatest fame, Otakar Ševčík taught hundreds of students who came from all over the world to visit him in a small region of southern Bohemia. The key to his success was patient work on tens of thousands of instrumental exercises, which together form the now only partially known Ševčík method. The Ševčík Academy offers young talented musicians and musicians to study under the guidance of an international team of teachers and participate in a rich accompanying programme. The Ševčík Academy takes place in picturesque Horažďovice, which is an ideal setting for summer music courses.

What do we offer?


Music education

Master classes with the musical staff are the foundation of the Ševčík Academy’s learning experience. These take the form of both public master classes and private lessons.


Festival concerts

Students of the Academy will have the opportunity to perform at concerts held during the festival, and free admission to all festival concerts where they are not performing, including the concerts given by the teachers and invited guests.


Individual approach

The Academy’s mission is to support and further the development of every student, whether by focusing on instrumental technique or by learning the traditional repertoire.


Personal development

As a new feature, we will be offering popular presentations on the topic of personal development. These presentations will feature talks and lectures not only by the Academy team members, but also by guests such as the concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic.


Orchestra Š

During the Academy, students will have the opportunity to explore the possibilities of ensemble technique by playing in the string orchestra under guidance of Jakub Hrůša.



Lectures and seminars, on the life and work of Otakar Ševčík and instrumental technique in general, are an integral part of the Ševčík Academy.


On-line master classes

We have arranged for some of the most sought-after professors in the world to connect with us in Horažďovice on-line.


Chamber playing

Students have the opportunity to form various chamber ensembles, led by our teachers, and perform together in concert.


Accompanying programs

During the Academy, attendees will be able to visit an exhibit on Otakar Ševčík, try out new instruments and bows, and learn more about musician health topics.


Sport and leisure activities

There will be a sports program, led by interns, which will feature a ping pong tournament, football matches, and nature walks.


Accommodation and meals

Student housing is located within easy walking distance of all the Academy’s activities and students will take their meals together with the teachers at Hotel Prácheň.


Guest Lecturers

Jakub Hrůša

Jakub Hrůša

Strings orchestra

Online Lecturers

Collaborative pianists

Stanislav Galin

Stanislav Galin

Collaborative piano

Martin Levický

Martin Levický

Collaborative piano

Renata Lichnovská

Renata Lichnovská

Collaborative piano

Useful Information


  • The recommended day of arrival is on Sunday, August 4th, 2024. On the same day, between 3 and 6 PM the registration of the attendees will take place in the Art Nouveau hall of Hotel Prácheň
  • The opening concert will take place on Monday, August 5th, 2024 at 8 PM in Hotel Prácheň
  • The closing concert will take place on Thursday, August the 15th, 2024 at 8 PM in Hotel Prácheň
  • Participants will depart for Berlin on Friday 16th of August 2024 and return to Prague on Sunday 18th of August 2024.
  • The latest deadline for registration through the online form will be announced

Location & accomodation

All students will be accommodated within the premises of the former Franciscan monastery which is now the residence of the Horažďovice High School’s boarding houses. Within the same compound (in a direct proximity to the accommodation), there is an Elementary Art School which provides an alternative opportunity for practice. Hotel Prácheň, one of the centers of the Ševčík Academy’s activities, is about 1-minute walk away from the accommodation, and Horažďovice’s main square and the palace, where other parts of the programme take place, are less than 5-minute walk away from the accommodation.


Both the students and the lecturers will be provided with breakfasts, lunches and dinners in Hotel Prácheň which has a superb restaurant at its disposal. The meals are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and people with intolerances and allergies as well.


  • We help all international students with transport arrangements.
  • If you travel individually, there is a direct bus from Prague (approx 2 hours). Travel by car from Pilsen takes one hour, from Prague 2 hours, from Munich 3 hours or Vienna 4 hours.
  • Train connection from Prague (with a transfer in Pilsen) takes 2,5 hours


We look forward to welcoming international students and offer individual assistance with planning and travel. For cellists and double bassists, we offer on-site instrument rental to reduce travel costs.

Ševčík Academy 2024

date 4th–18th August 2024
  • Music education
  • Festival concerts
  • Individual approach
  • Personal development
  • Orchestra Š
  • Lectures
  • On-line master classes
  • Chamber playing
  • Accompanying programs
  • Sport and leisure activities
  • Accommodation and meals
PRICE 890 USD / 830 €
Applications soon