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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Per Fulbright an die mdw

Wien ist für einen Musiker wie Disneyland für ein Kind

Das war noch nie so wahr wie für diese junge Sopranistin, die frisch aus den USA kommt. Mein Name ist Theodora Nestorova und ich bin 2018/19 eine Fulbright Stipendiatin an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Ich studiere als Masterstudentin Lied und Oratorium bei Martin Vácha und Anton Scharinger.…

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Off to Salzburg and Vienna

A visit to “the Land of Mozart”

On my 10th birthday my parents offered me the choice of a visit to Disneyland Paris or to “the Land of Mozart”. Needless to say I didn’t give it a second thought and we were off to Salzburg and Vienna – little did I know that I would be back twelve years later staying in both cities so close to where Mozart and Beethoven once lived!  …

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Forum Gitarre Wien 2017

A report from the 27th International Guitar Festival

In the world of classical guitarists international festivals and competitions have become an important part of our lives. Preparing for a competition or master class requires a lot of motivation and hard work, which develop enormously our potential and talent. That is why I decided to tell you more about one of the best guitar festivals and for sure the largest in Vienna, to which I had the honor to be invited as a lecturer and performer.…

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Viennese ball tradition

for one semester for international students at the mdw

Every semester, the international incoming students of the mdw are offered a cultural event especially organized for them by the International Office team. Such events are nowadays part of the common practice and serve (besides the obvious cultural enrichment) the purpose of creating a relaxed setting that can foster bonding beyond national as well as academic borders.…

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Erasmus+ Day on 10 May 2017

30 Years of Erasmus

10 May 2017 marked the day of Austria’s turn to celebrate the ERASMUS+ Day, commemorating 30 years from the initial launch of the famous European flagship programme with a series of events taking place in different cities. The mdw’s special contribution took the form of an original composition for soprano, flutes, cello, double bass and piano, which was perfomed yesterday for the very first time at the opening festivity organized by the OeAD National Agency in Vienna’s nearby Sofiensäle.…

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Erasmus+ Incoming-Ausflug

Zu Besuch am Mozarteum Salzburg

Ein wettermäßig durchwachsener Tag war der 14. April 2016, an dem sich eine Gruppe von 19 mdw-AusfliegerInnen – inklusive der BetreuerInnen Victor und mir – auf den Weg nach Salzburg machten. Dort angekommen wurde Kollege Victor gefragt, ob er denn schon einmal in Salzburg war: Victor verneinte bestimmt, was ein ungewolltes Amusement und ein wenig Verunsicherung bei den Studierenden auslöste.…

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European Chamber Music Academy in Grafenegg, Austria

A week of action, comedy and drama

Perhaps some of you are familiar with the concept of ECMA and what an ECMA session is. For those of you who are not, let me quickly explain before I launch into (what will probably end up as) a praise of the latest session in Grafenegg – I am a fan of ECMA and I cannot help it!…

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