"Les Rencontres musicales tchèques et slovaques" and its Czech and Slovak Music Interpretation Competition were created in 1991 during the 150th celebration of Antonin Dvorak’s birth, by Alain Nonat, General and Artistic Director of the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20. The Honorary Chairman of the event was Mr. Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic. The first competition has been organized in 1991 for Voice, Strings and Piano disciplines.
To support this event, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 created in 1993, the Antonin Dvorak Fund with, as Honorary co-presidents, the violinist Josef Suk and Karel Velan, chairman of Velan Inc. In 1995, the Canadian Music Slovak Fund was created with, as co-presidents, Eva Blahova, president of the Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky International Voice Competition and Anne Vyboh. Presented in Montreal every two years, this manifestation includes exhibits of Czech and Slovak composers, recitals and concerts reuniting North-American, Czech and Slovak artists and a Czech and Slovak Music Interpretation Competition.
In 2003, the competition became international with the collaboration of the Music Faculty of the University of Wisconsin in Green?Bay, United States, and its Associate Professor of Communication and the Arts, the mezzo-soprano Sarah Meredith and the support of the Sharon Chmel Resch Foundation. In 2009, eliminary rounds were also organized by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Plzen Music Conservatory and the University of West Bohemia.
The principal objectives of this manifestation are to promote the Czech and Slovak music amongst young musicians and to support and create exchanges of artists between North America, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.