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The participants profit not only from teaching by experienced tutors but also, to a very great extent, from the exchange of ideas – learning with and from each other. Everyone can get involved directly in the creative process and hold a dialogue on different approaches. Collegiality becomes a striking hallmark of the daily discussion.

As part of the Campus activities and going beyond the rehearsals, musicians attend Music Labs with expert tutors who share knowledge on issues that will become an important aspect of their working life outside of musical interpretation itself – including performance anxiety, repertoire and presentation skills and talking to one’s audience. The Labs take place with both the European Union Youth Orchestra and the European Chamber Music Academy. The focus is not on playing perfectly but on developing one’s personality as a musician in general. The insights and knowledge gained make a significant contribution to all future endeavours.

But there’s no shortage of opportunities for performances at Campus Grafenegg, with evening concerts in the Schlossklänge as well as the Grafenegg Festival, the Preludes, Pop-up Concerts, Music Galleries, Late Night Sessions, Music in the Park and many more.

Music Gallery. Originally based in Grafenegg Castle, this year for the first time famous art galleries and museums such as the Kunstmeile Krems will be used as venues. Naturally, the year’s theme «Sight and Sound: Music and the Visual» will be in the foreground here too. Musicians from Campus Grafenegg are invited to engage in this dialogue with masterpieces of visual art in existing ensembles or ones specially formed by the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Late Night Sessions. At Grafenegg, it’s not just in the classical rehearsals and concerts that creativity and sheer love of music-making are valued. Members of the EUYO get together in smaller ensembles in a more relaxed atmosphere after their evening events and give night owls the chance to experience musical performances outside of the usual repertoire, adding colourful facets to the experiences of the day.

Music in the Park. At 02.30 P.M. on the four Festival Sundays, this event brings visitors to Grafenegg for walks in the park with varied young ensembles from the Campus playing outside of the conventional venues. The diverse settings chosen from across the extensive Castle grounds enable you to relax and enjoy the experience with all your senses in the midst of nature.

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