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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From Austria (no kangaroos) to Australia (with kangaroos)

My seven-month-stay in Melbourne

I recently had the opportunity to be the very first Music Therapy student at the mdw to undergo an exchange program for one semester of my course. This was and still is a great honor but also, as you might read between the lines, – the very first means I had to figure out everything by myself, because no one had walked that path before I did.…

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Between pop music and opera

A coming-of-age story of classical music about mdw graduate Organ Prawang and her home country Thailand

I arrived in Vienna in 2012 with a scholarship of the Österreichischer Austauschdienst ÖAD (Austrian Student Exchange Office). Initially I was prepared to study in Vienna for nine months as an exchange student. Well, I have been living here for four years by now, so you could say that I really love this city but let’s start at the very beginning.…

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