Immersion in Estonian Culture
Roozbeh Nafisi is a PhD student in musicology at the mdw. In April 2022, his PhD short-term mobility took him to the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. Roozbeh chose Tallinn in order to conduct research into the kannel, a traditional Estonian instrument.
Teaching music mediation in Canada
In April 2023 mdw faculty Axel Petri-Preis taught at the École d´été en médiation de la musique / Summer School on Music Mediation on the campus of the Orford Musique, about a two-hour drive from Montreal. mdw students Hannah Eberle and Sara Glanzer were nominated for taking part in the unique summer school.
Women composers of German Lied in the Romantic Period
Our adventure in Iceland was scheduled to take place in 2020. Me and my colleague Tanya Aspelmeier, Professor for voice at the Antonio Salieri Department, had our whole trip planned out and our masterclass at the Iceland University of the Arts was completely organized. Of course, the pandemic had other ideas about how we would …
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A high level and a friendly atmosphere
For several years, I have been interested in finding out more about the master’s programme in Wind Orchestra Conducting and Orchestration for Wind Orchestra at the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano and experiencing first-hand its approaches, philosophy, and study programmes. From February 9 to 11, 2023, I finally had the opportunity to visit my colleague …
International summer school 2022
Antonia Länger, Doris Neubacher, and Magdalena Auer are three mdw music education students. They travelled to Potsdam, Germany, to take part in the international Summer School 2022, organised by the University of Potsdam. Together with other students and professors, they tried to answer the question: How can we as (soon-to-be) teachers implement the SDGs in our teaching?
First warm days in southern Sweden
An Erasmus teaching visit to the Högskolan för Scen och Musik (Academy of Music and Drama) in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 23 to 26 May 2022 At the invitation of Tobias Granmo, professor of violin and director of the Chamber Music Institute at the academy, I held a three-day workshop in non-idiomatic improvisation for students studying …
“We wanted to be a role model, building a beautiful relationship that we hope will continue in the future”
Born in 1997, Cadmiel Boțac began studying in Romania at the age of 4. He won many national and international prizes and over the years gave concerts worldwide. His artistic training was complemented by the masterclasses he attended at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, the International Summer Academy Vienna, and the Alsace Summer …
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My Teaching in Natal/Brazil
Since 2013, the theatre division of the DEARTS (Departamento des Artes) at Brazil’s UFRN (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte) and the Music and Movement Education/Rhythmics division of the Department of Music and Movement Education/Rhythmics and Music Physiology at the mdw have maintained various forms of exchange programmes; they were interrupted by COVID but …
With the EMMA scholarship to Chile
Maxim Tzekov has studied at the mdw with Lieke Te Winkel since 2015. His path took him from the Programme for Gifted Children to the Preparatory Programme and then finally to studying violin performance. Through the Young Masters Programme of the mdw talent lab and the Johann Sebastian Bach Musikschule, which supports talented young musicians …
“I feel that I am not alone in this uphill battle”
Laura Helene Hansen is working on her master’s degree in vocal studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and will join the Opera Academy of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Laura took part in the Global Conservatoire course “Music and Racism,” taught by mdw faculty member Marco Kölbl in summer semester 2022. …
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Finding motivation and inspiration in Amsterdam
Paul Hartinger spent a semester abroad at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam during the 2021/22 winter semester. He is in the mdw’s MA programme in Music Education for Voice and Instruments, bass – Popular Music. He was the first mdw Erasmus student to study in the Pop Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (part of the …
“It is impressive to gain an overview of the musical life of other students”
Studying in London, New York, or Copenhagen from one’s base at the mdw: the Global Conservatoire opened its digital doors with a pilot course in the 2021 winter semester. The Manhattan School of Music (New York), the Royal College of Music (London), the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), and the mdw are cooperating in …
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Pack warm socks and head out!
Rafaela Seywald is studying orchestral and choral conducting at the mdw, theoretically in her fifth year. At the moment, however, she is on leave, because since September 2021 she has been working as a stage-music conductor and prompter-conductor at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Rafaela is 27 years old and had the great pleasure of …
“By creating new worlds referring to the one that surrounds me I am able to live a number of different lives”
Benjamin Konjicija, 24 years old, spent the summer semester 2021 at the mdw at the Filmakademie. He grew up in a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina called Fojnica, not far from Sarajevo. Currently, Benjamin lives in Sarajevo and is a fourth-year student at the Dramaturgy Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, …
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Erasmus – and that during a pandemic?
Do you know the feeling? Maybe you’re right in the middle of preparing for an exam or in an intensive rehearsal phase. Your to-do list seems endless. You are completely immersed in the musical and technical world of the upcoming performance. But isn’t something different? Is a certain tingling feeling missing? Something unforeseeable—perhaps a certain …
“It is exciting to open up new perspectives for young people”
Ioana Cristina Goicea joined the Fritz Kreisler Department of String Instruments, Harp and Guitar in October 2020 as a professor of violin. In June 2021 she held a master class at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts in Iași, Romania’s fourth-largest city. Iași is located in the north-eastern part of the country and is …
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Tales from the Vienna Woods
The mdw is famous for its impeccable reputation, prestigious alumni and international student body. Moving to a new country to study music requires a firm determination. Classes, concerts & working with musicians from different countries … here is our story of a quartet’s first semester at mdw (in 2018/19). The first few days. . . …
Gaining New Perspectives on Life
Michaela Raab, mdw graduate in music education and pedagogy in the mdw’s master’s programme (IGP), with flute as her main instrument, studied at Zürich’s Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) from February 2020 to the end of January 2021. She completed her studies in March 2021. In addition to flute, she also studied music education in the …
The mdw is internationally and globally networked, with students from over 70 nations and some 190 partner universities from every continent. This vibrant exchange benefits students, teachers, and administrative staff, who travel to our partner institutions or come to the mdw from there. In the International Blog, they share their varied experiences – and why it is so important as members of the mdw community to immerse oneself in the life of another university.
Even those who do not travel can experience the internationality of the mdw, whether it is through participation in the digital exchange with other universities or through the varied backgrounds of the mdw students and teachers, who incorporate this into their daily activities at the mdw. The stories about personal and professional enrichment, new contacts, and unforgettable impressions can be enjoyed by readers in the International Blog.
Are you interested in sharing your story? Then write to Isabella Gaisbauer, Vice Rectorate for International Affairs and Art: email@example.com