Ondřej Kobza

Ondřej Kobza

chairman

Ondřej is the chairman and author of projects for Pianos on the Street. He has studied political science and theology, though he left his studies uncompleted even after many years. He has helped to arrange dozens of happenings and demonstrations, and organized concerts for his friends in his hometown of Ústí nad Orlicí. In 2010 he opened his first coffee house, Café V Lese, which turned Krymská street and the entire district of Vršovice into one of the most lively places in Prague. One year later, Ondřej together with Martin Kontra opened the outdoors riverside bar at Bajkazyl, enlivening the Prague waterfront. He opened his third establishment in 2013: Café Neustadt, located in the heart of Prague in the courtward of the New Town Hall. The cafe has been home to the “Nebe nad Neustadtem” summer festival for the second year now. Ondřej started with Pianos on the Street three years ago, when he installed the first pianos around Prague and later assisted many local managers to enliven their own towns nationwide. The street piano project was followed by an idea to install public chess boards as a place for both random and planned meetings, and the invention of the Poesiomat poetry jukebox and Veršomat poetry bower. Ondřej currently lives between Vršovice and Karlovo Square in Prague, and the town of Rataje nad Sázavou, where he has rented the castle of Pirkenštejn. This will serve as a place for inspiration, meeting and development of new ideas. Ondřej is a lifelong reader of Nietzsche. That might be one of the reasons for his grim determination and ability to view every setback as a challenge.