O Festivalu 2020

Strings of Autumn festival

Since its inception in 1996, Strings of Autumn has established itself as one of the Czech Republic’s major music festivals, whose wide-ranging and eclectic programming illuminates the relationships between genres ranging from early and contemporary classical to jazz, hip-hop, and electronica. Tracking the pulse that runs from era to era and style to style, and playing out in a variety of intimate venues across Prague, Strings has presented some of the world’s most iconic musical pioneers, as well as the new generations inspired by them.

Whether it’s titans of jazz like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Ahmad Jamal, groundbreaking composers such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley, or hip-hop legends like De La Soul, the roll-call of Strings artists includes undisputed masters of their forms. But the festival has always been equally committed to exploring the pathways opened up by these artists, and following the twists and turns that characterise the ongoing evolution of music.

Its programme has featured some of the most vital performers on the contemporary scene, from the experimental hip-hop and electronica of Shabazz Palaces and Young Fathers to the cutting-edge jazz of Robert Glasper, Brad Mehldau, and Jason Moran, to innovators of song and roots forms Lambchop and Punch Brothers.

What unites these artists is their resistance to easy classification, and the way their work weaves the influences of past and present into something coherent, new, and arresting. And much the same could be said of Strings of Autumn itself: respectful of the past, alive to the present, and with one eye on the future, the festival continues to evolve.


Just like good music.

Wall of Fame

Wayne Shorter Herbie Hancock Sonny Rollins Ahmad Jamal Brad Mehldau Robert Glasper Cassandra Wilson Charles Lloyd Jason Moran Lizz Wright Gregory Porter Bobby Mcferrin Dee Dee Bridge Water Dianne Reeves Hugh Masekela Didier Lockwood Regina Carter Quintet Steve Reich Terry Riley David Lang Julia Wolfe Michael Nyman Gavin Bryars Go Go Penguin Shabazz Palaces De La Soul Ghostpoet Chris Dave Young Fathers Lambchop Punch Brothers Chris Thile Ute Lemper Francois Couturier Quartet Chava Alberstein Yo-Yo Ma Kronos Quartet Magdalena Kožená Gil Shaham Jordi Savall Tenores Di Bitti Rabih Abou-Khalil Barbara Hannigan Phellipe Jaroussky Paul Hiller The Hilliard Ensemble Rufus Wainwright Jan Garbarek Les Arts Florissants & William Christie Daniel Hope Anne-Sofie Von Otter David & Tatjana Geringas Ian Bostridge Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment Estrella Morente Jacques Loussier Miroslav Vitouš Gary Burton Mad Sheer Khan Iva Bittová Uri Caine Ensemble Ondřej Pivec Mariza Maya Beiser Kayhan Kalhor Brooklyn Rider Avishai Cohen Sir Willard White A Filetta Charles Lloyd Kimmo Pohjonen Cameron Carpenter Ralph Towner Ars Nova Copenhagen Egberto Gismonti The Gloaming Zdeněk Liška - Marketa Lazarová Don Juan in Prague Schubert - Zimní cesta Jiří Suchý - Recitál Benjamin Britten - Řeka Summida Heiner Goebbels - Schwarz auf Weiss

Founder and President

Marek Vrabec

Marek Vrabec founded Strings of Autumn with Martin Pechanec at Prague Castle in 1996, during the presidency of Vaclav Havel.


He has brought an impressive number of major international artists to the Czech Republic for their first appearances in the country and, aside from Strings of Autumn, has organised noteworthy events such as the Festival of Music Of Exceptional Length, which featured works by composers such as John Cage and Morton Feldman. He received the MIDEM Classical Award in 2001 for producing the album recording of J.D. Zelenka’s oratorio Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis. Vrabec brought together American singer Gregory Porter and Czech Hammond player Ondrej Pivec, a meeting which led to their collaboration on Porter’s subsequent Grammy-winning album. Similarly, Vrabec was the man behind Bobby McFerrin’s live collaborations with Dan Barta and the Czech Philharmonic.


From 2013-2018, in addition to running Strings, Marek was engaged as the Artistic Director of the classical music festival Dvorak Prague. During this time, he re-vamped the festival programme, giving it a new, distinctive format and setting standards of the highest artistic quality.


Since 2019, Vrabec has once again devoted himself fully to Strings of Autumn. He responded to the global health crisis of 2020 by creating a new festival-within-a-festival: an outdoor complement to Strings’ indoor programme, featuring top-class artists performing in some of the most breathtaking locations in Prague.

Festival team

Vladimír Koller
Director for External Relations

Vilém Spilka
Programme director

Vlastimil Trllo
executive director

Anna Bednářová
Executive assistant
+420 724 704 181

Guy Borg

Veronika Osladilová
Production manager
+420 603 259 469

Tomáš Pokorný
+420 703 190 246

Terezie Taberyová
Donors’ Club & VIP service
+420 607 207 587

Jitka Miková
Artistic planning manager
+420 737 033 341

Radek Babička
PR, media
+420 723 036 041

Lucie Steiner
Ticket sales manager
+420 720 547 315

Kristýna Nováková
+420 739 686 622

Marie Bauerová
Social sites
+420 603 255 639

Hana Průchová
Fundraising, administration of grants and subsidies
+420 602 631 533

External cooperation

Pavla Beranová
light designer

Tobiáš Grolich

Johan Vlach, Minimax
DTP and print production

Studio Najbrt (Jonatán Kuna)

Vizuální styl

Jiří Sedlák
cooperating PR agency

Jan Středa
festival sound engineer

Petra Hajská

SeenMedia PR (Zlata Biedermannová)
Pr and Media Communication

Our partners

With the support of

Main partner


General media partner

Thanks to the patrons

Karel Janeček,  Jana Kliková-Vrabcová, Michaela Cittadini, Vladimír Koller, Kateřina Matějková, Jiřina Paserinová, Petr a Antonie Doležalovi, Lenka Karadžovová

Partner selected concerts

Festival se koná pod záštitou

 ministra kultury Lubomíra Zaorálka, primátora hlavního města Prahy Zdeňka Hřiba a radní pro oblast kultury, památkové péče, výstavnictví a cestovního ruchu Hany Třeštíkové.

Exclusive media partner

Main media partner

Official hotel

Media partners


We are founding member of CAF.

Koncert Hope for Prague se koná pod záštitou kultury Lubomíra Zaorálka, primátora hlavního města Prahy Zdeňka Hřiba, starosty městské části Praha 1 Petry Hejmy a radní pro oblast kultury, památkové péče, výstavnictví a cestovního ruchu Hany Třeštíkové.

Previous Years’ Programmes (pdf)



Digital programme 2019




Digital programme 2018




Digital programme 2017


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