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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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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