The festival is held under the financial support of the City of Prague, under the auspices of the Apostolic Nuncio to Prague Archbishop Mons. Charles Daniel Balvo.
Jan Hora graduated from the Prague Conservatoire under J. B. Krajs and from the Academy of Performing Arts under J. Reinberger. Later he studied at the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar under J. E. Kohler. Being a student, he took part in a number of international organ competitions, e.g. a laureate of the International Bach Competition in Gent, Belgium (1958) and the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany (1964). He has performed in all countries of Europe, the USA, Japan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. He has worked with a number of outstanding orchestras (The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Symphonic Orchestra of the City of Prague FOK, The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others). Mr. Hora´s teaching career include the following: the Prague Conservatoire (1965-2016), the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (1977-2014, a Professor from 1995), the Music Department of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hradec Králové (at present). He has often been a member of international competition juries (e.g. ARD in Munich, the International Bach Competition in Freiburg and Erfurt, Max Reger Competition in Hamm, competitions in Ljubljana, Prague, Brno and Opava). His repertoire includes organ music of all music epochs, with special attention to Czech organ music. He has produced recordings of Brixi´s organ concertos with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, of organ compositions of A. Dvořák, J. B. Foerster, L. Janáček, B. Martinů, M. Kabeláč and A. Hába and old Czech masters J. Zach, K. B. Kopřiva and J. K. Kuchař. He has also been a music reviewer and an editor of organ compositions (Janáček, Kabeláč).
Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument. The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.
The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.