Tales from the Vienna Woods

Four International students discover Vienna through Chamber Music

The mdw is famous for its impeccable reputation, prestigious alumni and international student body. Moving to a new country to study music requires a firm determination. Classes, concerts & working with musicians from different countries … here is our story of a quartet`s first semester at mdw (in 2018/19).…

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Neue Perspektiven auf das Leben gewinnen

Ein unvergessliches Auslandsjahr in Zürich

Michaela Raab, mdw-Absolventin im Master Instrumental- und Gesangspädagogik (IGP) Flöte, hat ihren Auslandsaufenthalt an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) von Februar 2020 bis Ende Januar 2021 absolviert. Im März 2021 hat sie ihre Studien beendet – neben IGP Flöte studierte sie auch im Master die Unterrichtsfächer Musikerziehung an der mdw und Mathematik an der Universität Wien.…

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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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Upside down

Ein ereignisreiches Jahr in Kopenhagen und online

Die letzten Monate waren für alle Menschen eine große Herausforderung. Das Coronavirus  Covid-19 hat einige Verwirrung gestiftet, Panik ausgelöst und unsere Handlungsfähigkeit in Zeiten der Planlosigkeit getestet. Schulen und Universitäten wurden geschlossen, Flüge eingestellt, Unterricht wurde online abgehalten und Auslandsaufenthalte wurden abgebrochen.…

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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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Essen verbindet Kulturen…

Kulinarische Workshops für Maki und Weihnachtskekse

Im Wintersemester 2016/17 hatten die Studierenden unserer Universität eine überaus interessante Gelegenheit: Sie konnten im Rahmen zweier kulinarischer Workshops lernen Maki zu machen und Weihnachtsbäckerei zu backen. Wie kam es dazu? Seit 3 ½ Jahren bin ich neben meinem Studium an der mdw in der Hochschülerschaft tätig.…

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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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