Grafenegg Academy Orchestra

Artistic Curators & Tutors

What do we offer

Who is it for?


Invitation to apply

Application and selection

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Grafenegg Academy Orchestra


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

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

Grafenegg Academy will result in several concert days with orchestra concerts as well as ensemble performances of chamber music repertoire, in order to show the diverse work that has been done during the program.


Artistic curators & tutors

Alina Ibragimova - Violin

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation for versatility and the “immediacy and honesty” (The Guardian) of her performances. Born in Russia in 1985, Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving to the UK where she attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. Her teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff.  

Colin Currie - Percussion

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.

Håkan Hardenberger - Trumpet

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.


Artistic Curators 2023



Tutors of the Grafenegg Academy 2023 are musicians of leading international orchestras.


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 artists
  • Inspiring and rich diversity of repertoire – music that is not performed every day
  • Exploring different ways of collaboration
  • Ten days in close contact with the best young orchestra musicians from all over the world and the curators, tutors and facilitators of the program
  • Music Labs and masterclasses focusing on professional needs in discussions and lectures with prominent figures give a multidisciplinary approach
  • An opportunity to build your CV with new skills to increase your musical expertise and performance abilities
  • Being 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
  • Networking possibilities
  • A stipend of up to 850 €, travel allowance, accommodation (more information below)




11 July / Late Night Concert

Ligeti Car Horn Prelude (from Le Grand Macabre)

Ligeti Mysteries of the Macabre

Musical collage
(a) Hans Abrahamsen 10 Preludes for String Quartet
(b) Mauricio Kagel 10 Märsche ‘Um Den Sieg Zu Verfehlen’ for Wind, Brass and Percussion
(c) Gunther Schuller Quartet for Double Basses
(d) Ligeti Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

George Crumb ‘ Kronos-Kryptos’ Four Tableux for Percussion Quintet - Austrian Premiere

15 July / Prélude 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3 G-Dur BWV 1048

HK Gruber: «3 MOB Pieces» für Trompete und kleines Orchester

György Ligeti: «Hamburgisches Konzert» für Horn und Kammerorchester

16 July / Prélude 2

Philippe Manoury: «Musique II» für Blechbläser und Schlagwerk op. 14

Béla Bartók: Divertimento für Streichorchester

16 July / Orchestra concert

Joseph Haydn: Symphonie D-Dur Hob. I:101 «Die Uhr»

HK Gruber: «Nebelsteinmusik» Konzert Nr. 2 für Violine und Streichorchester

György Ligeti: «Melodien» für Orchester

Béla Bartók: Tanz-Suite

and many other works

Akkordeon stop




  • Professional musicians and advanced music students (finished bachelor’s degree)
  • Age limit: 35 years
  • Course language: English

Successful applicants will be highly talented young professional musicians at the start of their careers with a keen interest in musical training that goes beyond the technical and merely athletic aspects of performing music. Curiosity, openness to new ideas, and an ambition to be a leader in tomorrow's musical landscape are all desirable qualities for those wishing to apply.

Selected participants are expected to be in residence for the full ten days of Grafenegg Academy and to be available to rehearse any day of the week—studying and rehearsing works in great depth with primary concern for the music and playing together itself.



The schedule will include daily rehearsals, Music Lab lectures and workshops, round table discussions, open rehearsals and other social gatherings.

6 July | Arrival day
7 - 16 July | Rehearsals & Music Labs
11 July | Late Night Concert
15 July | Prélude Concert 1
16 July | Prélude Concert 2
16 July | Orchestra Concert
17 July | Departure day

Grafenegg Academy fellows should arrive on Thursday, 6 July. The date of return travel home will be Monday 17 July.



To qualify for application, applicants should be professional musicians or graduates of a music university (finished bachelor’s degree) aged 35 years or younger, and play one of the following instruments:

Violine – 21 places available
Viola – 7 places available
Cello – 5 places available
Double bass – 3 places available
Flute ( + Picc.) – 2 places available
Oboe ( + EH) – 2 places available
Clarinet ( + E♭ + Bhn. + Bass) – 2 places available
Bassoon ( + Double Bsn.) – 2 places available
French Horn – 4 places available
Trumpet – 2 places available
Trombone (Ttb) – 2 places available
Tuba – 1 place available
Percussion – 5 places available
Key instruments – 1 places available

Find details to all positions on



There is no fee to apply for the Grafenegg Academy.

Interested musicians should upload a completed application by Sunday, 15 January 2023 at

Completed applications require the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae in English (maximum of two pages)
  2. List of up to 20 contemporary works already performed
  3. Audition videos:
    - A piece of own choice (preferred contemporary repertoire, duration max. eight minutes)
    - Performance of a compulsory piece
    Please note that the recording must not be edited in any way.
  4. A one-minute video-statement in English about why you want to participate in the Grafenegg Academy, answering the following questions:
    - 'Why do you want to participate in the Grafenegg Academy?
    - 'What interests you most about the Grafenegg Academy?'
  5. A letter of recommendation from a professional orchestra or a promoter of classical music concerts

Please note, that all documents must be uploaded via muvac. Only complete applications will be considered.

The Artistic Team headed by the Artistic Curators will decide on participation upon receipt of the application package and recordings. Successful candidates will be contacted by Friday, 24 February 2023 with further information.

Should applicants find, after making an application, that they are no longer able to attend the Grafenegg Academy during the specified dates, we ask them to please let us know as soon as possible, and definitely before Monday, 20 February 2023.

Before submitting an application with video audition, you must read the «Guidelines for recording an Audition Video»



Each position in the Grafenegg Academy is fully funded by Campus Grafenegg and includes:

  • Accommodation (in twin rooms in the newly built Grafenegg Cottages)
  • All local transport to and from Vienna
  • Subsistence costs during the duration of the Grafenegg Academy
  • An additional compensation up to € 850.- for the entire duration of the Grafenegg Academy

Note: Travel expenses will be partially reimbursed after submitting an «Application for Travel Allowance». More information can be found under «How to apply for Travel Allowance».



For further information or questions please feel free to contact us:

Fateme Beytollahi | Orchestra Manager

Matias Alzola | Artistic Administration

M: +43 (0)2735 5500 510


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