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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A Tonmeister in Paris

Walking into a situation

I remember looking around at the tiny room I found myself in and thinking: “I like it”. It was my first apartment in the french capital. An airbnb for my first month, Januar, top floor, no elevator, one small room. The walls had music posters, two guitars were hanging on the wall next to an old typewriter.…

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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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Tschüss Wien, Ciao Udine!

On a journey with pianists

Introduction by Prof. Antoinette van Zabner A class exchange of piano duos ­– each class performing at the guest university Under the auspices of the Erasmus program, I was able to work intensely with Professor Franca Bertoli and Ugo Cividino of the Conservatorio Tomadini in our exchanges Vienna/Udine for the last three years.…

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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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Pleven Guitar Festival 2016

Guitarists from Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Macedonia and Serbia

The second edition of the International guitar competition “Pleven Guitar Festival” took place in the Bulgarian town of Pleven between 30th November and 4th December 2016. Special guests were guitarists from Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Macedonia and Serbia. The event included five concert evenings, competition divided in 12 categories, master classes, showrooms of music products, presentation of musical instruments and luthiers.…

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From Poland to Vienna to Dublin

What it’s like to live and study in Ireland

My name’s Agnieszka. When I was 20 I left Poland for Vienna in order to study Instrumental and Vocal Music Education (IGP) at the mdw with the flute as my main instrument. Since I always found travels travelling and foreign languages fascinating, I knew it wasn’t the end of my international adventures – I wanted to go abroad again, taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, to study for one semester somewhere else.…

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Lessons from an inspirational musician

Studying with Dora Schwarzberg in mdw’s Enrichment Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted

I have studied with Professor Dora Schwarzberg since 2011, as a student of the Enrichment Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted of the mdw: Initially, I was not sure of how long I would be staying in Vienna, but now I am already in my fifth year of living in this city!…

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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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