About the festival

The Festival of Percussion Instruments– that's the name of the international biennial of percussionists, organized by the Faculty of Music, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. At the festival upcoming generation of percussionists from conservatories and academies gets the opportunity to show his talent. Festival was established in 2010 as a gradute project of Kamila Pětrašová. 

Because of the specific dramaturgy the festival is unique event in the Czech Republic. Its goal is introducing of percussion instruments as a distinctive elements of contemporary music. This oldest and largest instrument group pervades through various musical genres. Therefore, even at the festival are represented instruments like timpani, drums, marimba, djembé, bells, steel drums, vibraphone, templeblocks, gongs, timbales, bongos, cymbals, xylophone, darabukkas... All this and much more can sound the young artist generation in his festival concerts.

Since it was established, many workshops and concerts by leading international soloists and pedagogues enrich the programme of the festival. In 2018 will be held the fifth years of the festival and presents us guests from France and USA.

Accompanying events are traditionally selling exhibitions of percussion instruments, as well as a picture exposition.

Individual concerts, workshops and exhibitions are open to both students and professionals and the general public. Everything will happen traditionally at the Orli Street Theater on December 7 th – 9 th, 2018.



Friday 7th December 2018
09.30 - 11.30 Workshop
13.00 - 15.00 Workshop
16.00 Concert of students of conservatories
17.30 Opening of the exhibition
18.00 - 18.45 Music in the streets
19.00 Concert of Súkromné konzervatórium Nitra, Súkromné konzervatóruma Dezidera Kardoša Topoľčany and Konzervatoř Teplice Students
cca 20.30 PercuSeance MINI 
Saturday 8th December 2018
09.30 - 11.30 Workshop
13.00 - 15.00 Workshop
15.00 - 15.45 Music in the streets
16.00 Concert of students of the conservatories
18.00 - 18.45 Music in the streets Hudba v ulicích
19.00 Concert of students of czech and slovak music academies
cca 21.00 PercuSeance Mini
Sunday 9th December 2018
09.30 - 11.00 Workshop
11.00 - 12.30 Workshop
14.00 PercuSeance MAXI (foyer)
16.00 Closing concert of the foreign guests


Emmanuel Sejourne


Composer and Percussion Artist,. born July 16th, 1961 in Limoges (France)

Emmanuel Séjourné is French composer. His music is rythmic, romantic, energetic, inspired both by the Western classical tradition and by popular culture (jazz, rock, extra-Européan)

Many orchestras include his music in their repertoire : RadioSinfonieOrchester Stuttgart, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Croatian Radio Television Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata de Bourgogne, Sofia Soloists, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, de Cannes, Nice, Pau, Mulhouse, Bochumer Symphoniker, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester, Paris Brassband, as numerous additional ensemble.

Acclaimed by members of the percussion community, his works have been commissioned or recorded by many artists including Bogdan Bacanu et Wave Quartet (Genuin Classics 2016), Christoph Sietzen (Genuin Classics 2017) Alexej Gerassimez (Genuin Classics 2012) Gary Cook, Ju-Percussion group, Nancy Zeltsman, Marta Klimasara, Katarzyna Mycka.

His Concertos for percussion are a great success, whether for vibra and strings (1999) as his double-concerto for vibra, marimba & symphonic orchestra played since its creation in 2012 in Bulgaria, then in China, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Turkey, Latvia, Korea and France.
His concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, commissioned and performed by Bogdan Bacanu, has since 2005 become an major work of the marimba repertoire, played more than 400 times with orchestra.

Far from being limited to the world of percussion Emmanuel Séjourné also composed many pieces for symphonic orchestra (Ketsana) as well as chamber music (commissioned by the Paris Opera and the Contrastes duet) as well as pieces for choir (commissioned by INECC Europeen Institut for Choir)

His passion for the stage has also led him to write and compose the show Planète Claviers for the « Percussions claviers de Lyon », piece commissioned by Grame Festival. This wild and unusual show was performed 120 times beetween 1998 and 2001.
Fascinated with the relations between various forms of artistic expression, he writes music for theater and television. He composed the music for the Ballet du Rhin’s performance « les envahisseurs », played during the two thousandth anniversary of the city of Strasbourg, and in 2004, he wrote a musical comedy « School Boulevard » commissioned by National Theater Luxembourg.

Simultaneously, Emmanuel Séjourné makes a career as an instrumentalist. Together with a saxophoniste Philippe Geiss, he founded the ensemble Noco Music, wich gained the European Audiovisuel Grand Prix. As a soloist, as well as with the ensemble Accroche-Note, he has so far premiered over hundred pieces of music (Donatoni, Manoury, Fedele, Hurel…) including concertos, chamber music and solos, and has been giving concerts all over the world.

Eager to share and communicate his passion, Emmanuel Séjourné is also Head Teacher of Percussion Department at the Strasbourg Academy of Music/ Conservatory.

His Master Classes are extremely sucessful in every major music conservatories in Europe, Asia an the USA.

He is often invited to sit on jurys for numerous international: ARD Munich Competition, Geneve, Tromp Competition, Salzburg Marimba Competition.

He plays on Adams instruments with Resta-Jay Mallets

Taken from the official website.




Hudební fakulta JAMU v Brně
Komenského nám. 6, 662 15 Brno

Director of the festival

prof. MgA. Martin Opršál


Ing. Kateřina Kopecká
tel.: 736 500 852, 542 59 1606
email: kopecka@jamu.cz

Vojtěch Pospíšil
tel.: 739 100 010
email: fbn@jamu.cz

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