Pack warm socks and head out!

Great music-making and total silence: a semester in Finland

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.…

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“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, where he learns about writing for film, theatre, and radio.…

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Erasmus – and that during a pandemic?

mdw-student Lukas Hartmann about his semester abroad in Valencia

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.…

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Tales from the Vienna Woods

Four International students discover Vienna through Chamber Music

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).…

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Neue Perspektiven auf das Leben gewinnen

Ein unvergessliches Auslandsjahr in Zürich

Michaela Raab, mdw-Absolventin im Master Instrumental- und Gesangspädagogik (IGP) Flöte, hat ihren Auslandsaufenthalt an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) von Februar 2020 bis Ende Januar 2021 absolviert. Im März 2021 hat sie ihre Studien beendet – neben IGP Flöte studierte sie auch im Master die Unterrichtsfächer Musikerziehung an der mdw und Mathematik an der Universität Wien.…

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“The air you breathe is something magical and that immediately makes you feel part of something bigger”

Italian incoming student Francesco Appollonio about his semesters abroad at the mdw

Francesco Appollonio,  22 years old, comes from Capua – a small city, rich in history, in the province of Caserta. He plays the piano and is currently enrolled in the first year of the Master programme at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples.  How many semesters have you already spent at the mdw?…

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“When I play it, I immerse myself in beautiful soundscapes…”

Pia Rossi, 24 years old, comes from San Giorgio del Sannio, a town in the province of Benevento in the Campania region (Italy). Benevento is a city famous for its outstanding historical artistic and archaeological heritage due to the successive rulerships over the course of history (Longobards, Samnites, Romans).…

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Bereicherung und Lehre

Ruhe und Drang finden

Meine Zeit in Japan war eine unglaubliche Bereicherung. Mein Name ist Linda Maria Rodriguez Breña, ich studiere Bachelor ME und IGP jeweils mit Hauptfach Gesang Klassik an der mdw und hatte die Möglichkeit in meinem 5. IGP-Semester am Kunitachi College of Music in Tokio ein Auslandssemester zu verbringen.…

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From Finland to mdw

Young conductor Sauli Saarinen about his semester abroad

Sauli Saarinen from Finland studies Conducting and is spending the 2020/21 winter semester at the mdw. In the International Blog he shares his experiences with us. Tell us a bit about your personal background: what role did music play when you were growing up and why did you decide to study conducting?…

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Mi cuatrimestre en Buenos Aires

Wie man lernt, im Chaos entspannt zu bleiben

Im August kam ich nach einer zu kurzen Nacht im Flugzeug (und 32 Grad in Österreich) in Buenos Aires an. Winter, kalt, allein, keine Spanischkenntnisse und keine Wohnung. Beste Voraussetzungen also. First things first: Wohnen Im Chaos aka Buenos Aires angekommen, machte ich mich gleich auf, um zwei Wohnungen zu besichtigen, die mir Bekannte vermittelten, die vor einiger Zeit hier studierten – das erleichterte mir schon einiges, allerdings ist es in Argentinien wirklich auch besser, erst vor Ort eine Wohnung zu suchen, sie ganz genau anzusehen (denn oft sind die Fotos im Internet sehr gut retuschiert) und dann erst zuzusagen.…

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