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Learning with and from each other

 

That learning doesn’t have to take place in the quiet of your own home or university or school classroom is just one of the most obvious advantages of Campus Grafenegg. The unique ambiance of castle, park and nature in Grafenegg and the famous Lower Austrian hospitality invite concert-goers, internationally celebrated stars and musicians from renowned orchestras from all over the world to spend time here – in the midst of a varied and vibrant musical cosmos that enriches all who come. All activities of the Campus
share one idea: making and experiencing music together. The programme was created for university and music-school students, professional musicians and composers alike as a place of encounter, exchange and further education which enables them to directly present what they’ve worked on and in the best possible atmosphere – on the open air-stage Wolkenturm and in the concert hall Auditorium. Study opportunities hitherto available have been expanded in valuable ways: thanks to partnerships with the European Union Youth
Orchestra (EUYO), European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Lower Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra (JSO) and the Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Campus offers, in a unique form, a platform for musicians who are on their way to a professional career.

The participants benefit from the presence of tutors who are respected practising musicians and who mentor them individually, as well as from dialogue with their peers, learning from each other. Fellow students are encouraged to get involved directly in the creative process, which can lead to an in-depth dialogue on different approaches. Collegiality becomes more than a buzzword; it’s a striking hallmark of the daily discussion.

Forming new contacts here can be the basis of lasting artistic partnerships. At the same time, there is an intensive contact with audiences, who can both gain insights from the workshops and become a knowledgeable partner in the concerts.

The backgrounds and contexts of the performed are illuminated by various events as well as in the dialogue among participants and between participants, tutors and conductors. Regular performances by the EUYO, which is orchestra in residence in Grafenegg and has its Summer Home here, and the Lower Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra offer an insight into the ongoing support for young musicians at the Campus both for musicians from the region as from all around Europe.

Another regular of the Campus is the ECMA, a network programme of music universities and festivals across Europe. Under its aegis, chamber music ensembles at the start of their international careers are invited to Grafenegg, where they can enjoy masterclasses with experienced colleagues and cover thematic background knowledge in so-called Music Labs. What’s common to all the activities of Campus Grafenegg is a focus on the aspects that are often overlooked in regular university life and that transcend purely technical perfection, for example: topics like «How do I deal with stage fright?», «How do I present my ensemble?» and «What information should I have about my selected repertoire?».

One of the foundations of Campus Grafenegg in this respect is the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra, founded in 2018, which is made up of gifted young musicians at the start of their professional careers. They are given the opportunity to get to know the working process and the functioning of a symphony orchestra as well as to gain important tools for their musical future.

The overarching theme invites links between different interdisciplinary areas. The 2019 Campus takes place under the motto «Sight and Sound: Music and the Visual». Interdisciplinary connections and new concert formats offer new sources of inspiration for the musical work. This year’s Campus symposium also focuses on the theme and is aimed at teachers from music schools and creative academies as well as students and the members of the various participating Campus orchestras.

The INK STILL WET composer conductor-workshop guarantees that, in addition to all the musical work on existing repertoire, the latest contemporary creative processes also enjoy the limelight. In 2019 it will be led by the Grafenegg Festival’s Composer in Residence Peter Ruzicka. Composers from Europe and abroad are invited to submit their pieces and that they can further develop, conduct and present to a broad listening public in a concert.

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