“I feel that I am not alone in this uphill battle”

Global Conservatoire student Laura Helene Hansen on the course “Music and Racism”

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

A rewarding semester in the Pop Department

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 Amsterdam University of the Arts).…

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“It is impressive to gain an overview of the musical life of other students”

How one gathers international experience at the Global Conservatoire

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 this multifaceted project in order to offer their music students a flexible online programme of courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions.…

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Working together to lay the groundwork for music therapy in Ukraine

Improvisation and commitment in Lviv

It all began in such a casual manner, as is so often the case in Vienna: In 2018, the husband of a colleague called me and said that in Lviv they were looking for music therapists who would be willing to oversee the foundation of a training programme for music therapy there, for the time being unaffiliated with any university institution.…

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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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“It is exciting to open up new perspectives for young people”

Ioana Cristina Goicea on her master class in Iași, Romania.

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.…

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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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