Featured Recording Opportunity with the Brno Contemporary Orchestra

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Brno Contemporary Orchestra

PARMA Recordings and Brno Contemporary Orchestra (BCO) present a classical recording opportunity for production and release both in traditional stereo and in Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

Scores selected, approved, and meeting required criteria (see guidelines below) will be recorded with the BCO, led by conductor Pavel Šnajdr, produced by PARMA’s GRAMMY-winning team for release on the company’s Navona Records imprint, and distributed digitally worldwide by Naxos of America.

Please note before submitting: this opportunity requires funding to be secured by or on behalf of composers of approved pieces; composers will retain full ownership of their resulting masters and artistic direction of the project. Costs are determined based on a specific piece of music upon assessment by PARMA’s A&R and Sessions Teams. PARMA’s A&R team is available for planning, approvals, and outward-facing documentation as applicable to assist toward the generation of project funding for approved pieces.

In addition, pieces included in this project will be performed live in concert by the BCO at Besední dům, Brno, Czech Republic.


Submissions for this opportunity may include works for:

  • chamber orchestra:

  • subsets and additions will be considered

Works will be recorded with Brno Contemporary Orchestra and the PARMA team.

Audio mixing and mastering for Dolby Atmos will be overseen by GRAMMY-winner Brad Michel.

Resulting recordings will be released commercially by PARMA Recordings.

Works should ideally be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, but pieces outside this range will still be considered.

There is no fee to submit.

Upload PDF scores and audio files via our Project Submission form.

The deadline for all submissions is FEBRUARY 18, 2022.

Read about our release’s recent nomination for Best Immersive Audio Album from the Recording Academy

About Brno Contemporary Orchestra

Brno Contemporary Orchestra

Brno Contemporary Orchestra

The Brno Contemporary Orchestra (BCO) was founded in 2011 with the aim of performing the world’s contemporary music and selected 20th-century works in Czechia and Czech music throughout the world.

The ensemble includes top-level professional musicians employed in the leading Czech orchestras. It draws on a large pool of permanent collaborators who perform in various lineups according to the needs of each project.

In addition to repeated appearances at festivals in Krakow and Malta, the BCO regularly performs at major Czech festivals, including Moravian Autumn, Janáček Brno and the Hradec Králové Forum.

Since its foundation, the orchestra has established itself thanks to its carefully thought-out programming, which puts the musical works in the context of other kinds of art, be it architecture, literature, the visual arts, film, or dance. Linked with this are the commissions of new works that are tailor-made for the orchestra by contemporary composers at home and abroad.

MY COUNTRY - album cover

BCO’s 2021 release can be heard on Navona Records

On MY COUNTRY, six composers—Petr Kofroň, Marek Piaček, Miloš Štědroň, Pavel Zemek Novák, Miroslav Tóth, and Daniel Forró—pay homage to country and Bedřich Smetana’s iconic symphonic poems.

About Brad Michel

Brad MichelBrad’s 30+ years of professional recording include involvement in hundreds of productions. His GRAMMY wins and nominations include Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard (2016, nomination, Best Surround Sound Album), The Sacred Spirit of Russia (2014, win), Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 (2010, win), Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009, win), and Pärt: Da Pacem (2006, win). Brad’s recordings have also earned him praise from the press, including the BBC Music Magazine Award for Technical Excellence in Recording, Gramophone Critics Choice Awards, Classic FM Record of the Year, and a 2021 Gramophone Award for Spatial Audio.

About The Venue

Besední důmBesední dům
Brno, Czech Republic

Besední dům, where the concert will be performed, is one of the most important buildings in Brno’s historic center. This cultural shrine was, among other things, the workplace of composer and conductor Leoš Janáček.

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This recording opportunity is now closed.  Thank you for your submissions.