“Models of affinity: Friendship, relatives, networks.”

On the 19-25 August 2018, the International Centre for Cultural Studies (IFK) will host a summer school in Linz, Upper Austria. This years’ issue will be “Models of affinity: Friendship, relatives, networks.” The courses are determined in particular for up-and-coming young scientists and artists in the field of cultural studies and aim to introduce the participants to new perspectives on the question of affinity. -What is affinity? Is it possible to “belong” to a state, culture or religion? How did affinity change through the rise of globalization and mobility?- these and many more gripping issues will be in the center of discussion. The courses will be held in German, however, applications of international students are also welcome. The deadline is the 18th March, 2018.

You can find more information to the event under: http://www.ifk.ac.at/calls-detail/ifk_akademie.html  (German only)

European Forum Alpbach

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. At their annual event, the “European Forum Alpbach” held in the Tyrolean mountain village of Alpbach for almost three weeks, speakers and participants from all parts of the world, experts, decision-makers and students, come together to discuss current issues and to formulate interdisciplinary solutions. The topic for 2018’s event will be “Relation between diversity and resilience”. Applicants under the age of 30 have the chance to apply for a scholarship until March 30th, 2018.

For further information see: https://www.alpbach.org/en/scholarships/

Intercultural Achievement Award 2018

The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA), which was initiated in 2014, awards successful and solution oriented projects that operate under the umbrella of intercultural dialogue both within Austria as well as on a global scale.The award is open to all those who identify and make use of opportunities which positively shape intercultural co-existence. It is also designed for those who have successfully explored new pathways within intercultural dialogue, who have mastered a specific challenge through intercultural action, and who have promoted the dialogue of cultures and religions through their media presence.

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs has defined the “Dialogue of Cultures” to be a priority in International Policy. Thereby, Austria builds upon a long tradition in the field of intercultural dialogue that is deeply rooted in a history of diversity and pluralism and has been strengthened through multi- and bilateral dialogue initiatives.

Intercultural dialogue has to be understood both as subject matter as well as a method. On the one hand, intercultural dialogue helps to better master the challenges of a pluralist society. On the other hand, dialogue needs to be better comprehended and applied as a tool and it needs to be developed in a way that can be used for the realization of public concerns.

Also in 2018 projects in the fields of arts/culture, youth, human rights and global citizenship education will be awarded with the IAA. There are the prize categories “Sustainability”, “RECENT EVENTS”, “INNOVATION” und “Media”. Non-profit-organizations including associations, foundations etc., privat-sector organizations as well as individuals can submit their project until 26. March 2018.

The admission form can be found here.


Application Deadline: 26 March 2018

Please e-mail your application to: dialog@bmeia.gv.at

1st International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria

On June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 the first International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria will be held at Haydn’s birth house in Rohrau. It is being organized by the federal state of Lower Austria in cooperation with the Haydn Region Lower Austria Society. The competition is aimed at young singers worldwide with particular talents and training in the areas of Lied and opera and focuses on the Wiener Klassik (Vienna Classical) era. This year’s theme is the Viennese Classic. Participants have to prepare at least seven songs or five arias; the winner receives a trophy of € 8,000-. Furthermore, the competition is opened for national as well as international participants. Eligible are female singers born after January 1st, 1987 and male singers born after January 1st, 1985. Application deadline is 10 April 2018.

For further information regarding the competition see:http://www.haydncompetition.com/competition.html

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Submission of compositions on „Otherness“

The Murau International Music Festival (MIMF) 2018 will take place from August 17th to the 25th and will consist of a workshop program for voice and composition as well as a concert series. All composers have the opportunity to submit hitherto unpublished scores to this year’s theme of “Otherness”. The selected piece will be premiered under the artistic direction of Zane Zalis at the Gala Concert in the Mathäuskirche in Murau on August 24 and will be performed again on the repeat date of the concert on August 25. “Otherness” is a fundamental experience that shapes each and every one of us. We experience ourselves and the world on different levels and in constantly changing situations. An important role is played by our perception of others and their “otherness” or, conversely, our own “otherness”. What distinguishes us personally or as a group from others? What role does the differentiation from others play in our own identity? Under what circumstances does this distinction from others become permeable? All composers are invited to explore these and other questions on the topic of “Otherness”. We are looking forward to your contributions!

Criteria for submission:

  • Work for mixed choir, string orchestra and percussion, optional soli
  • Genre: open
  • Length: max. 6 minutes
  • Language: German or English
  • Level of difficulty: intermediate
  • Only unpublished, non-premiered compositions to date
  • The submitted composition must be an original work. Arrangements and transcriptions are excluded from participation.
  • Instrumentation:
    – mixed choir (SATB) – compulsory
    – Soli – optional
    – String orchestra (6, 6, 4, 4, 2)
    – Violin 1
    – Violin 2
    – Viola
    – Cello
    – String bass
    – Piano
    – Timpani plus percussion

The following is required:

  • Completely edited score and individual voices as a pdf file. The vocal parts have to be made available as a piano score. The entire composition may contain absolutely no clues as to the identity of the composer.
  • If the score was written with a notation program, we also ask to submit the midi file as mp3.
  • A short description of the work (min. 400, max. 4000 characters incl. spaces)
  • A short biography, in case of teams a short description of the team including complete mention of names of all involved, (min. 400, max. 4000 characters incl. spaces)

All scores will be submitted anonymously to the jury for evaluation.

The jury consists of the following persons (in alphabetical order):

  • Michael Aschauer (Helbling Verlag)
  • Günther Brück (Arts University Graz)
  • Thomas Modrej (Carinthian State Conservatory)
  • Jury chairman: Zane Zalis (Festival director, Winnipeg/Kanada)

The composer of the selected work will be personally informed.
The decision will be announced on www.mimf.at and the work will be presented.
The decision of the jury is final.

In addition, she or he is invited to the Gala Concert as a guest of the Festival and will be presented to the audience. Accommodation and meals in Murau are also included at the invitation of the Festival organizers.
A submission is no grounds for a legal claim.
Please submit contributions online only using the online form provided via http://www.mimf.at.
Any further questions can be addressed to Marko Zeiler by email at: office@mimf.at

Kindly note that further information and any possible changes as well as the results are posted on a regular basis on http://www.mimf.at
Deadline for submission: 15 April 2018
Announcement of the results: 25 Mai 2018

4th Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition February 4-7, 2019

The Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education is looking for piano pieces written for children and young adults which, although limited in their technical difficulty, remain uncompromising in their artistic aim; pieces written with a contemporary compositional technique which offer the young student stimulus, insight and new experiences: experiences about oneself and the world in which we live.

With the creation of this competition, the Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education would like to ensure that such quality pieces are more prevalent in the future and to this end we invite composers to accept the challenge by enrolling in the competition.

In the course of a week’s time an audience comprised of students, teachers, and performing artists will be given the chance to listen as the jury evaluates the different ways this challenge has been addressed by the composers. The jury will assess not only the artistic quality of the pieces, but also the question: what does a piano student learn from these pieces? And in addition the discussion will cover what makes a piece exciting and what is future-oriented; while at the same time never loosing sight of the technical limits implied when composing for children and young adults.

The decision of the Jury to award the prizes within the course of the Maurico Kagel composition competition is reached, therefore, in a very special way – not behind closed doors, but in open and public discussion. The winning pieces will be technically suitable for children/young adults but will not compromise their artistic aim in order to make a pedagogical impact. Instead, they will be convincing due to their compositional quality.

Submission deadline: August 15, 2018
More information: http://www.mauricio-kagel-kompositionswettbewerb.com/?newlang=en

Béla Bartók Piano Competition

The Béla Bartók International Music Society Austria hosts an annual international piano competition (this year from November 14th-19th at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Konservatorium in Graz, Austria). The intended target group is young musicians between 7 and 25 years of age. The participants will be divided up into six groups based on their age. The musical audition will differ depending on the age group from 10 to 40 minutes and will contain both a predefined part (Viennese classic and Bela Bartok), as well as an individual part put together by each of the contestants. First, second and third place prize winners of the older age groups will receive a cheque prize. Winners in the younger age groups will receive a certificate and gifts. For the selected winners of the Béla Bartók piano competition, performances (solo and with orchestra accompaniment) will be offered. For queries or more information please contact office@belabartok.at or visit http://www.belabartok.at dieses Jahr Participation fee: € 40,-

International Mozart Competition Salzburg 2018

Music is always in the air in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. The Salzburg Festival, the Mozart Week of the International Mozarteum Foundation, the Easter and Whitsun Festivals as well as the Mozarteum University with its International Summer Academy regularly attract the world’s most renowned artists to Salzburg. Many of them are former prize-winners of the International Mozart Competition.
Therefore we are already looking forward with great anticipation to inviting many young artists to Salzburg in February 2018 and to discovering new talent. We hope very much that you will enjoy the opportunity to encounter many outstanding young musicians from all over the world!
As of 2014 this competition is now held every two years. Works by Mozart present some of the greatest artistic challenges for every performer and music by this genius is at the centre of the competition: 2018: string quartet / voice

The following world renowned artists will chair the juries: Lukas Hagen string quartet, and Barbara Bonney, voice (2018). We are very grateful to them for their time and commitment.