Prague Music Performance Institute & Festival was founded by Czech pianist Jan Bartoš and the late Zenon Fishbein (Manhattan School of Music in New York) in 2010. The project organically combines a festival with an educational institution. PMP Institute & Festival presents concerts across musical genres, master classes, lectures, and residencies. PMP Institute & Festival also endeavors to include other fields of art, such as the fine arts, film, or literary art.
The list of renowned artists PMP Institute & Festival has introduced throughout its history includes Alfred Brendel, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, John Zorn, Kronos Quartet, Thurston Moore, Gareth Davies, Garth Knox, Roland Dahinden, Mary Halvosron, Ikue Mori, Quatuor Diotima, Miroslav Srnka, Mahan Esfahani, Brad Mehldau, Uri Caine, Esperanza Spalding, Dave Douglas, Joey Baron, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, Marc Ribot, Julian Lage, Jon Irabagon, Kresten Osgood, David Thomas, Barry Guy and Maya Homburger and many others.
For those who cannot afford to study at the world’s top music schools and academies, PMP Institute & Festival 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 Institute & Festival 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, Austrian Cultural Forum, The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Archa Theatre, and many others.
PMP Institute & Festival is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, the Czech Ministry of Culture, the State Fund of Culture, the Capital City of Prague, Stadler-Trier Music Foundation, and the Pamela Stacy Fund.