Side events

During the CESB19, there are possibilities of three Technical Tours and all the participants are invited to join the Social Event.

Social Event

The CESB19’s Social Event will be hosted in Kaiserštejnský palác at Malostranské náměstí. You can reach it easily by public transport (tram stop “Malostranské náměstí”) or walk there via the Prague Castle. It is our pleasure to invite you to an extraordinary performance of young Czech pianist Matyáš Novák, which will be held during the evening. The dress-code for the event is “smart casual”.

Matyáš Novák (born in 1998), a winner of a range of national and international competitions, has made a name for himself as one of the most promising pianists of his time through his extraordinary harmonic expression, vast repertoire and unique way of key-stroking. Matyáš began to play the piano at the age of five. He graduated from Pardubice Conservatoire in the class of Jitka Fowler Fraňková in 2019. Currently he is a student in the class of Prof. Boris Petrushansky at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro”, Imola, Italy.

Matyáš is a winner of numerous piano competitions not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Poland and the USA and he is a proud member of PETROF Art Family (all over the world well-known Czech producer of grand pianos, with the family tradition of piano building since 1864).

He gives several dozens of his own recitals every year in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain, Italy and the USA. In 2015 and 2016 he had also successful concert tours in China. He regularly cooperates with various Czech professional orchestras, is invited to national and international festivals and takes part in master classes given by the best artists of its field of study.

Matyáš is a versatile artist, sought-after chamber player and accompanist, a big expert and fan of rail transport, and a member of the Czech Breeders Association.

Awards / shortlist

► The Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition (Bergen, Norway 2018) – 2nd prize + Steinway Prize
► The New York International Piano Competition (New York, USA 2018) – finalist
► Bredshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York, USA 2017) – 1st prize
► 4th International Jenö Takács Piano Competition for Young Pianists, (Oberschützen, Austria 2016) – 1st prize
► 3th Aci Bertoncelj International Piano Competition (Velenje, Slovenia 2016) – 1st prize + special award

See Matyáš Novák’s channel on Youtube, or here hist Liszt’s La Campanella.

Technical Tours

Tour 0: Visit of Historical Halls of the Strahov Library – Monday, July 1, 14:45-17:00 (25 EUR)

Strahov Library is part of the complex of Strahov Monastery, one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the Czech Republic, established in 11th century by the Premonstratensian Order close to the Prague Castle. The program includes brief introduction to the history of the Monastery, visit of the Romanesque paradise court, monastery gardens with panoramic view of Prague and finally The Historical halls of the Strahov Library, including Theological Hall (17th century) and Philosophical Hall (18th century).

Maximum capacity is 30 visitors. Participants meet at 14:45 at the conference venue, the visit starts at 15:30 in the Strahov Monastery.

Tour 1: Technical Tour: University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings – Tuesday, July 2, 17:40 (free)

University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings was founded as an independent institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague under the auspices of four departments – Civil engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. The Centre’s goal is to leverage synergy effects of research activities of the individual departments which are related to energy efficient buildings. More at

Maximum capacity is 60 visitors. The bus leaves from the main entrance of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at 17:40, the participants will be driven back to Prague afterwards.

Tour 2: Guided cycling tour in Prague – Thursday July 4, 14:00-18:00 (20 EUR)

Cycling tour along Vltava river will introduce genuine views of historical Prague, as well as interesting industrial heritage sites.

Maximum capacity is 15 visitors.