Grafenegg Academy

Grafenegg Academy



Grafenegg Academy Orchestra

Artistic Curators

What do we offer

Concert programme


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Grafenegg Academy 2020 | Online edition

Although Grafenegg Academy 2020 could not take place as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic the programme took place in a thought-provoking and inspiring online edition with its tutors and fellows from 4 continents and more than 20 countries. The activities planned for 2020 will take place in July 2021, all invitations for Grafenegg Academy Orchestra 2020 remain valid for 2021.



Grafenegg Academy Orchestra


Each summer the Grafenegg Academy forms a closely-knit community of exceptionally talented young professional musicians, tutors and staff who came together in an environment that is highly encouraging to intensive learning. The unique ambiance of castle, park and nature and the famous Lower Austrian hospitality offer a summer home to young musicians and invite concert-goers, internationally renowned soloists and musicians from renowned international orchestras alike. Grafenegg Academy is part of Campus Grafenegg the educational programme of Grafenegg Festival.

The approach of the Grafenegg Academy is a radically new, creative and ambitious one: it focuses on the exchange of artistic ideas, advanced artistic development, self-responsibility and freedom in playing together and the intensive, collaborative exploration of music. Free from the limitations of typical professional concert life, musicians at Grafenegg Academy have extensive time to rehearse in great depth — under the guidance of outstanding master artists —, to share ideas and experiences, to explore a rich diversity of musical works.

The Grafenegg Academy is led by Artistic Curators Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie joined by a group of fellow artists and tutors. Together they aim to give young professional musicians the opportunity to discover a new kind of music making and expression where the musical interpretation is the responsibility of each individual within the Orchestra. The participants will be led very far into a new level of motivation, contribution and leadership and jointly they explore a rich diversity of repertoire and pieces they most likely did not have the chance to play before. Therefore, for most of the concert programmes the Orchestra will perform on its own without conductor to foster self-responsibility within the Orchestra and to allow for all musical ideas and approaches to come directly from its musicians. Together with a dynamic, wide-reaching programming that explores the links between old and new repertoire the Grafenegg Academy aims to allow a freedom in playing and go beyond the traditional concert formats and experiences.

The Grafenegg Academy will result in two concert days where concerts are played with the Orchestra as well as in ensembles with performances of chamber music works to show the work that has been done during the programme.




Artistic curators

Collin Currie

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (Spectator), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming season Currie will premiere new works by Helen Grime, Simon Holt and Andy Akiho.

Currie’s dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally.

Håkan Hardenberger

Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognised for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertoire, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.

Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he collaborates with include Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.

The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertoire and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, HK Gruber, Hans Werner Henze, Betsy Jolas, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Rolf Wallin.

Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra amongst others.




Alexandra Conunova (Violin), Lucerne Soloists

Tristan Gurney (Violin), Royal Northern Sinfonia

Martial Gauthier (Violin), Les Siècles

Ruth Gibson (Viola), Aurora Orchestra

Robin Michael (Cello/ Lower Strings), Les Siècles

Tomo Keller (Strings), Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Magali Mosnier (Flute/ Woodwinds), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Céline Moinet (Oboe/ Woodwinds), Staatskapelle Dresden

Sebastian Stevensson (Bassoon/ Woodwinds), Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Jörgen van Rijen (Trombone/ Brass), Concertgebouworkest



What do we offer


As a member of the Grafenegg Academy we offer you a new and radical approach to training. This will include:

  • In-depth (orchestral) training with outstanding master artists
  • Unusual and rich diversity of repertoire – music you will probably not have had the chance to play before
  • The possibility to work without a conductor and make your voice heard not only in the performances and in the preparation and rehearsals leading to the concert.
  • Fourteen days in close contact with the best young orchestra musicians from all over the world and the tutors of the programme
  • New and different kinds of concert formats
  • Music Labs and masterclasses exploring professional needs in discussions and lectures with prominent figures with a multidisciplinary approach
  • An opportunity to build your CV with new skills to increase your musical expertise and performance abilities
  • The opportunity to be a part of a unique campus at the heart of Europe with first class resources and facilities in one of the world's greatest performance locations
  • Access to Grafenegg’s network - get in touch with the greatest musicians and tutors


Concert programme


Tōru Takemitsu: «Garden Rain» for Brass Ensemble

Magnus Lindberg: «Ottoni» for Brass Ensemble

Edgard Varèse: «Intégrales» for Chamber Orchestra and Percussion

Charles Ives: «From the steeples and the mountains» for mixed Ensemble


Igor Strawinski: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra in E-flat «Dumbarton Oaks»

Helen Grime: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

Igor Strawinski: «Symphonies of Wind Instruments»

Béla Bartók: Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta



Steve Reich: «Mallet Quartet» for Percussion Quartet

Anders Eliasson: «Kimmo» for Trumpet and six Percussionists


Paul Hindemith: Concert music for String Orchestra and Brass op. 50

Joseph Haydn: Symphony in G major Hob. I:100 «Military»

HK Gruber: «Demilitarized Zones» March paraphrases for Brass Band

Ludwig van Beethoven: «Wellington's Victory or The Battle of Vittoria» for Orchestra op. 91

Mauricio Kagel: «Zehn Märsche, um den Sieg zu verfehlen»

and other works

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Grafenegg Academy Orchestra 2021


Demian Baraldi Italy
Chrystelle Catalano Italy
Federico Ceppetelli Italy
Yue Fan China
Maria Gvozdetskaya Russia
Sakura Ito Japan
Svetlana Korobova Russia
Emilija Kortus Serbia
Yada Lee Thailand
Marie-Helene Leonhardi Germany
Laura Muskare Latvia
Jacqueline Preys Bulgaria
Miria Sailer Germany
Chelsea Sharpe USA
Martina J. Tchaneva Bulgary
Lana Trimmer UK
Petra Varallyay Hungary
Joanna T. Kasperczyk-Adamek Poland

Carrie Frey USA
Marlene Geisselbrecht Austria
Christina Hecher Austria
Johanna Hetzler Germany
Wenhan Jiang China
Simona Ruisi Italy

Simone Drescher Germany
Mara Lobo Brasil
Dorottya Standi Hungary
Pierre Sutra France
Carlos Vesperinas García Spain

Sofía Bianchi Maestre Spain
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm Sweden
Tivadar Mohácsi Hungary



Alice Allegri Rodriguez Spain
Emma Portier France
Paulina Soboń Poland

Matthias Azesberger Austria
Hyôn-Song Dupuy France
Matteo Forla Italy

Lauriane Maudry France
Lila Scharang Austria
Ange Sierakowski France

Isa Tavares Portugal
Zhibai Zhang China



José Carrilho Portugal
Matteo Fagiani Italy
Samuel Jones USA
Bruno Lourensetto Brasil

Melissa Danas USA
Marc Garcia Anguera Spain
Carlos Pinho Portugal
Lauren Reeve-Rawlings UK

Alejandro Garcia Sanchez Spain
Matthew Herrmann USA
João Mendes Canelas Portugal

Lukas Hanspeter Italy



Maria Chlebus Poland
Iris van den Bos Netherlands
Jonathan Jakshøj Denmark
Gregory  LaRosa USA
Cameron Leach USA
Chris Sies USA

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