“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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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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Harpsichord and Continuo Teacher Smuggled into Ljubljana, Slovenia!

I know the title sounds promising: after all, desperate times call for desperate measures, even if it only concerns improvisation, continuo and harpsichord playing. I was invited by Prof. Miklavcic of the Academy of Music at the University of Ljubljana to teach improvisation, harpsichord and continuo.…

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Our Workshop at Musikene in San Sebastián

Improvised Vocal Counterpoint of the Renaissance (contrapunto alla mente)

17 – 19 February 2020 Daniel Serrano, my young Spanish colleague, and I organised and conducted a three-day workshop on “Improvised Vocal Counterpoint of the Renaissance” (otherwise known as contrapunto alla mente) in San Sebastián in February, 2020. How did it come about?…

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The exchange project Vienna – Poznan 2017 – 2019

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Music Academy Jan Paderewski Poznan

It all started in 2011, when young polish composer Ewa Fabianska joined my composition class at the mdw as an Erasmus student. During the following years I was invited several times to contribute to composition and music theory conferences in Poznan and I got to know the wonderful Sepia Ensemble, which is based in Poznan and now is regarded as one of the finest ensembles for new music in Poland.…

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Attending the 60th anniversary of mdw’s Music Therapy program

Cheryl Dileo on the Erasmus Exchange program at mdw

I am delighted and honored to have been invited to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna through the Erasmus Exchange program. During the 5 days spent at the University, I was honored to participate in a number of events, including the Music and Morality conference and the conference honoring the 60th anniversary of the Music Therapy program at this university.…

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Performing, travelling and teaching in India

Sharing my passion of music

Einleitung von Marialena Fernandes Drei Städte (Bangalore, Mangalore, Goa), die durch 400 Jahre portugiesischem Einfluss mit der europäischen Musik relativ vertraut sind. Die Menschen, die dort leben, versuchen sich zwischen der tausend Jahren alten Kultur, unterbrochen von den 450 Jahren europäischer Kultur, zurecht zu finden, wobei sie durchaus hoch musikalisch sind und bereit, jede Melodie aufzunehmen und nachzusingen.…

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Master classes at Mahidol University in Thailand

From a professor’s point of view

Having been a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Music in Vienna after earning my BA from the University of Miami, I well knew the many benefits of being able to study in a foreign country. However, I had never dreamed that I would eventually return to Austria as a professor, and would have opportunities to represent the now renamed University of Music and Performing Arts by giving master classes at other network universities around the world.…

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Project “musicEmotion” 2019

Visiting the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town

Read about the activities during our stay from 22 – 29th April 2019: Tuesday, 23 April Directly from Cape Town Airport we (Rupert Fankhauser and myself, Philipp Sageder) were fetched by Mrs. Felicia Lesch and taken to Steenberg High School, to work with the High School Band.…

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