Prague Music Performance Institute & Festival was founded by Czech pianist Jan Bartoš and late Zenon Fishbein (Manhattan School of Music in New York) in 2010. The project organically combines a festival with an educational institution.

PMP thematically connects concerts, master classes, workshops, lectures, and residencies. The projects primarily focus on classical music, jazz, and experimental music. However, PMP also endeavors to include other fields of art such as the fine arts, film, or literary art.


The list of renowned artists PMP has introduced throughout its history includes Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Ivan Moravec, Phantasm, Quatuor Diotima, Miroslav Srnka, Mahan Esfahani, Saleem Ashkar, Hana Blažíková, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Ikue Mori, Mary Halvorson, John Medeski, Marc Ribot, Kenny Grohowski, Kenny Wollesen, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Craig Taborn, Trevor Dunn, Gyan Riley, Julian Lage, Brian Marsella, Peter Evans, Erik Friedlander, Thurston Moore, Einsturzende Neubauten, Jarboe, Pere Ubu, The King Crimson ProjeKCt, and many others. PMP is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture, the State Fund of Culture, the Capital City of Prague, and the Pamela Stacy Fund.


For those who cannot afford to study at the world’s top music schools and academies, PMP offers an opportunity to work with the most prominent artists and teachers. Also, PMP takes part in or independently organizes benefit events for charitable purposes to artistically contribute to and support individuals and projects with diverse needs.

PMP closely collaborates with other art institutions such as the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, Strings of Autumn, American Spring Festival, National Gallery in Prague, Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, National Film Archives in Prague, and Austrian Cultural Forum.


WROTE ABOUT PMP                                                                        

I support the PMP's efforts to start a permanent tradition of a prestigious institute in our capital. I am happy to become

the patron of the Prague Music Performance.

Ivan Moravec

The young organizers of this project offer much-needed masterclasses that have attracted world-renowned artists.

I am delighted to see that talented young students will have a chance to work with true masters and that the PMP opens the door to their worldwide success. It is my pleasure to grant patronage to the project.

Josef Suk

Prague Music Performance is a great festival in a magnificent city with extraordinary people!

Alfred Brendel

Bravo for the Prague Music Performance! A wonderful idea in an incomparable city.

Leon Fleisher​

Prague Music Performance is one of my very favorite festivals! One of the best places to play in the whole world!

Adrian Belew

PMP is a great festival!

Brad Mehldau

We really had a blast! We’re in little pieces all over the place… But plan to recollect ourselves here. Again soon!

Esperanza Spalding


The best hospitality and the nicest crowd! We love you!

Thurston Moore

The magic was created by the most dedicated team I have ever seen in my life they are passionate art lovers, warm-hearted humans who simply add to carry on with what they have created in Prague. The atmosphere of love and the highest level of education.

Andrei Gavrilov


Today there are thousands of festivals and it is difficult to excel from the lot. Prague Music Performance is one of very few of it! Jan Bartoš and his team are so committed that it is guaranteed for the future of this undertaking. Besides of master classes by world-renowned musicians, they organize student concerts and it helps young musicians to let themselves known to the public. I think that the Czech Republic can be very proud of this organization!

Tamás Vásáry

Prague Music Performance has brought the Czech metropolis closer to the standards of Elbharmonie in Hamburg or Philharmonie de Paris.


Prague Music Performance is, without any doubt, a platform of international importance, which has found its place among the most significant cultural events in Prague. The PMP team deserves the highest of praise.

Harmonie Magazine

Prague Music Performance is continuously involved in all sorts of activities on a high professional level. In addition to being beneficial at the very physical of its activities, their wide-ranging effects make them beneficial for the entire cultural life in Prague. Over several years of its existence, PMP has proved professional as well as art qualities and the benefits of its projects. The committee positively assesses also the educational level, which is embedded in the activity of PMP. We recommend significant support for this highly conceptual and successful project.

Evaluation of the Expert Committee of the Municipality of the City of Prague