Classical music has a steady place in the contemporary world of music, the most attractive being musicals and live concerts of the popular musicians and singers. The composers are trying to follow modern music trends.
Several Slovak composers of classical music were internationally recognised in the past, e.g.: Eugen Suchoň, the author of the first Slovak national opera called Krútňava, or Ján Cikker, known for his numerous operas (Juro Jánošík, Beg Bajazid and others) and compositions for the symphonic orchestra (Symphony c-minor, Hommage ŕ Beethoven and others).
Nowadays, classical music has a good background and perspective which is proved by the resulted of the creative work of the contemporary young composers who successfully take part in modern classic, e-g.: Marián Varga, Norbert Bodnár and Peter Zagar.
Classical music is gaining in popularity which is also due to the fact that it is represented by some of the internationally recognised musicians and singers, among them the opera soloists Peter Dvorský and Edita Gruberová, or the instrumental soloists like Bohdan Warchal or Dalibor Karvay.
The best-known bodies performing classical music are Slovenská Filharmónia (the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra), Slovenský komorný orchester (the Slovak Chamber Orchestra), Štátna Filharmónia Košice (the State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice) and Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio).
Classical music keeps in touch with the music world through home and international festivals of classical music. There are a growing number of tourists who visit the opera and ballet performances of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava as well as other music performances within the summer Bratislava Castle Festival (Bratislavské hradné slávnosti), the September Bratislava Music Festival (BHS – Bratislavské hudobné slávnosti), or the international festival of contemporary music Melos-Élos.
Not only in Bratislava but also in other Slovak towns, several concerts of classical music are organised as parts of the cultural summer, whether they are open-air concerts or concerts held in historical places (Košice, Nitra, Trenčianske Teplice, Piešťany, Trenčín, …). Organ festivals, competitions of choirs and soloists, local festivals and performances, theatre shows – all these events keep classical music alive.