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Thursday, September 14, 2023, 2.00 pm
For the Future

Ticket prices

200 Kč


Those interested in active participation can apply by sending a CV (max. 900 characters) to the email address no later than by 31 July 2023. The age limit for participants is 25.

Public masterclasses are yet another way that the Academy of Classical Music at the Dvořák Prague Festival is working to promote the education of musicians. As an auxiliary programme in the series For the Future, it gives young musicians the chance to play before exceptional artists and to consult on their views on the interpretation of a work with performers who have invaluable experience on the world’s great stages. A masterclass is a unique opportunity for the public to witness the final phase of preparing an interpretation. Rather than a usual lesson, it is an exchange of artistic opinions. It gives an exciting insight into the final phase of a young artist’s preparation before the moment when her or she appears in the concert arena with a finished interpretive conception in order to share an artistic opinion with the public.

Sarah Willis will be guiding young hornists through the world of selected music works on 14 Sept. 2023 at 14 p.m. at the Martinů Hall.

You can buy tickets to a masterclass here for CZK 200. Ticket prices are reduced by 50% for students at elementary schools of the arts, conservatoires, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and students at other schools of the arts. To get the discount code, please contact us at

  • Dress code: casual
  • End of concert: 5 pm


Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis MBE is an internationally renowned French horn player. She has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001 and is also an acclaimed TV and digital presenter. Travelling the world with her horn, she brings the best of classical music to a global audience.

Sarah Willis was born in Maryland, USA and holds dual British and American citizenship. Her father’s work as a foreign correspondent took her family around the world and they lived in the USA, Tokyo and Moscow before moving to England when Sarah was 13. She began playing the horn aged 14 at school and then attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She went on to study full time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where her teachers included Anthony Halstead and Jeff Bryant.

Sarah later studied with Fergus McWilliam in Berlin, where she became 2nd Horn in the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim in 1991. During this time, Sarah played as a guest with many top orchestras performed worldwide as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles. In 2001, Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic, becoming the first female member of the brass section. As well as her work with the orchestra and her masterclasses, which take her all over the world, she has recorded various acclaimed albums including the Brahms Horn Trio, `Horn Discoveries the Rosetti Double Horń Concertos as well as the much celebrated CDs, Opera! and Four Corners! with the Berlin Philharmonic Horns. Her latest solo album,“ Mozart y Mambo” was recorded in Havana in January 2020. It went straight to number 1 in the classical charts and also reached the pop and Latino charts. The accompanying video has been viewed over 8 million times online.

Sarah is involved in many of the Berlin Philharmonic education projects and especially enjoys creating and presenting their Family Concerts. She interviews conductors and soloists for the Digital Concert Hall and in 2011, she presented live to 33 million viewers during the Final Concert of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is passionate about music education and makes full use of digital technology and social media to reach audiences worldwide. She was chosen to be one of the first testers of Google Glass and used this experience to see how new technology could be used in classical music. Sarah runs a popular series of online interviews known as the “Horn Hangouts”, is a regular broadcaster and interviewer on TV and online and fronts the classical music programme Sarah s Music for Deutsche Welle TV. She moderates the DG International Podcast series for Deutsche Grammophon and her latest documentary films, “Mozart y Mambo” and “A World without Beethoven?” was broadcast worldwide on Deutsche Welle TV. Sarah’s contributions to classical music were recognised at the highest level in the UK when she was made an MBE - Member of the Order of the British Empire - by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List for services to charity and the promotion of classical music.

Bohuslav Martinů Hall

The Bohuslav Martinů Concert Hall is part of the historic Lichtenstein Palace, which is located directly opposite St Nicholas’s Church at the upper end of Malostranské náměstí (Lesser Town Square). With capacity for an audience of 200, it is used primarily for more intimate cultural events and for graduation recitals. Since 1993, the Lichtenstein Palace has been the site of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.