Grafenegg Academy

Grafenegg Academy


Grafenegg Academy Orchestra

Artistic Curators

What do we offer

Concert programme


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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

Håkan Hardenberger (Brass) – Artistic Curator Artistic Curator

Colin Currie (Percussion) – Artistic Curator

With the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra we were not aiming to create another youth orchestra, another professional orchestra or a «normal» academy for that matter but really wanted to create something different for the people «in between», the young professionals. As musicians and human beings we need to spend our lives to try and find the inner child again and to stay curious. When you are «in between», you are not a student anymore this is one of the big challenges. Grafenegg Academy provides a platform and help for people to really fight cynicism and to remain creative. The situation now emphasises the need to reflect on how we go about music live and be also creative about the programming. When music making really works, is when we listen to each other and let each other play, we hear and we pick up. It is about listening and giving and of course about having the tools. Music is a living matter, and we take the responsibility to keep this artform alive.

We also want to give the perspective of what can happen through collaboration. You cannot convince an audience if you are not convinced yourself. We chose a very adventurous way with the repertoire for Grafenegg Academy, that as well as being present day and looking forward is also looking back the way through traditions that are inspiring for us and will provide a myriad of talking points for people to gather around and learn from. For us, all pieces in the programme are closely linked one way or another, it feels organic - one will help the other to grow. For example, thinking of Haydn, Stravinsky who is the mere image of Haydn immediately comes to mind. A Haydn symphony to be played without a conductor, although of course not done for the first time this way will be an important process for the participants. Haydn is full of live and surprises, articulations and delight. It is not a «middle ground», sort of classical state approach and therefore closely linked to Stravinsky who is also full of «joie de vivre», possibility of excitement and unexpected things happening – both an adventure. On the other hand, playing contemporary music, that has this extremely close relationship with our time is now more relevant than ever. You cannot escape from the link between the arts and the time you exist in. That has probably never been more true. How are the arts going to reflect the situation now and help us going forward? In any case we feel that all pieces chosen for the Grafenegg Academy have the potential of sounding as if they were played for the first time.

When teaching we end up learning a lot ourselves, getting more ideas. We look forward to the exchange of ideas and learning from each other. It is going to be a brilliant way of exchange – together we will go forward. We look very clearly for participants who have this extra bit of vision and also the ambition to contribute. Therefore we hope people will take the opportunity and ask a lot of questions. Collectively we have a lot of information and experience and we look forward for these to grow together.

Grafenegg Academy is very important at this point at time for the discussion of the future. The future has not happened yet. We can really make our culture more relevant, more important, more satisfying, more uplifting, more thought provoking than ever. It’s these kind of thoughts we try to «infuse» into our younger friends. Grafenegg Academy is basically a huge musical think tank.



Tomo Keller (Violin), Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Tba (Violin)
Patrick Jüdt (Viola), Collegium Novum Zürich
Eduardo Vassallo (Violoncello), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dominik Wagner (Double Bass), Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation
Tba (Flute)
Ivan Podyomov (Oboe), Concertgebouworkest
Christoph Moser (Clarinet) Tonkunstler Orchestra
Sebastian Stevensson (Bassoon/ Woodwinds), Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Markus Maskuniitty (Horn), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic 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


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

Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

«Symphonies of Wind Instruments»

Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta




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

Perpetuum mobile (A musical joke) op. 257

«Charivari» An Austrian Journal for Orchestra

Symphony in Three Movements


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Maja Backovic Serbia
Demian Baraldi Italy
Federico Ceppetelli Italy
Indrė Dromantaitė Lithuania
June Hitsumoto Japan
Sakura Ito Japan
Joanna T. Kasperczyk-Adamek Poland
Yuliya Kazimirovich Poland
Svetlana Korobova Russia
Marie-Helene Leonhardi Germany
Zita Yvonne Molnár Hungary
Laura Muskare Lettland
Miria Sailer Germany
Chelsea Sharpe USA
Phoebe Tarleton USA
Martina J. Tchaneva Bulgaria
Petra Varallyay Hungary

Carrie Frey USA
Christina Hecher Austria
Paul Livingston UK/Irland
Mihyung Oh Korea
Jacobo-Elio Robledillo Spain
Šimon Truszka Slovakia

Mara Lobo Portugal/Brasil
Dorottya Standi Hungary
Pierre Sutra France
Carlos Vesperinas García Spain
Gustav Wocher Austria/Germany

Dominique Chabot Netherlands
Sofía Bianchi Maestre Spain
Tivadar Mohácsi Hungary



Alice Allegri Rodriguez Spain
Emma Portier France
Paulina Soboń Polen

Hyôn-Song Dupuy France
Matteo Forla Italy
Maria Gil Fibla Spain

José Carlos Domínguez Almela Spain
Lauriane Maudry France
Lila Scharang Austria

Isa Tavares Portugal
José Javier Romero del Rio Spain



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

Simon Aiglstorfer Austria
Melissa Danas USA
Marc Garcia Anguera Spain
Carlos Pinho Portugal

Alejandro Garcia Sanchez Spain
Matthew Herrmann USA
João Mendes Canelas Portugal (Bass trombone)

Andoni Moñux Ugalde Spain



Vítor Castro Portugal
Emma Gierszal USA
Jonathan Jakshøj Denmark
Gregory LaRosa USA
Chris Sies USA
Iris van den Bos Netherlands



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Luca Lavuri Italy


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