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El Sistema – An Idea Spreading throughout the World

26 APR 2013

published in: Concert

Music as a means to change society. This vision of José Antonio Abreu stood at the beginning of the initiative El Sistema. And this vision has become reality. More than two million children have profited from El Sistema in Venezuela since its founding; currently almost 400,000 children, mainly from disadvantaged social strata, are learning an instrument and making music in the country’s ensembles and orchestras, gaining a new perspective on life. In the meantime, the movement has spread around the world. More than one hundred similar projects all over the world have taken inspiration from this great philosophy, believing passionately in the power of music. We share this passion and are convinced that El Sistema at the Salzburg Festival will contribute to strengthening existing initiatives – like superar – and providing new impulses for the realisation of similar projects in other countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Save the Date - Award Concert Weekend - May 10-12, 2013

22 APR 2013

published in: Concert, General

3 young conductors present 3 concerts with 3 soloists at the Felsenreitschule

Once again, the three finalists of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” will have the opportunity to conduct one concert at the Felsenreitschule featuring one of the three partner orchestras and a young soloist.

The 29-year-old Spaniard Antonio Méndez, 23-year-old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year-old Yu Lu from China were selected from 82 applicants by the jury of this year’s “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, chaired by Ingo Metzmacher.

On May 10, 11 and 12, the three conductors present themselves to the public during the Award Concert Weekend, leading the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Munich Radio Orchestra in programmes of their choosing.

The initiative’s goal is to give highly talented young artists a decisive impulse for their further career. The award derives additional attractiveness from the public presentations of this weekend, featuring three young soloists who are winners of internationally renowned competitions.

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Young Singers Tread the Red Carpet at MIDEM in Cannes

4 FEB 2013

published in: Concert

For the first time since the founding of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project six years ago, four of its young singers performed for the international audience of the world’s largest music trade-fair, midem, in Cannes. The Hungarian soprano Maria Celeng, the Italian mezzo-soprano Benedetta Mazzucato, the Austrian tenor Clemens Kerschbaumer and the Ukrainian baritone Yiuri Samoilov took their audience by storm during a recital in Cannes in the South of France, performing a total of seventeen arias by Handel, Hasse, Mozart, Mascagni, Massenet, Bizet, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Britten and Verdi. 

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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 - Three finalists have been announced

30 JAN 2013

published in: Concert

Out of 82 applicants, including 11 women, the jury of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” chaired by Ingo Metzmacher has selected three conductors: the 29-year old Antonio Méndez from Spain, the 23-year old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year old Yu Lu from China. The three finalists will present themselves to the public on May 10, 11 and 12 during the Award Concert Weekend.

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The new 2013 Festival program

7 NOV 2012

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

A thousand thanks for all the interest and enthusiasm with which you greeted our new start in 2012. And special thanks for your spontaneous support of the new elements we presented in our programme – from the Ouverture spirituelle to our contemporary music series and to the highly acclaimed production of Die Soldaten. With 278.500 guests we were able to receive the greatest number of visitors in the Festival’s history.

We are confident that many surprises are awaiting you in the programme of the 2013 Festival summer. A dominant theme is formed by the works of Wagner and Verdi: operas from their middle and later periods are being staged in new productions while select early operas are being performed in concert.

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Seeking young talented conductors!

25 OCT 2012

published in: Concert

With the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, the Salzburg Festival and Nestlé embark upon a talent search for the fourth time already. Apply now if you are a conductor with a broad-ranging repertoire and between 21 and 35 years of age.

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Applications now accepted for the Young Singers Project!

4 OCT 2012

published in: Opera, General, Concert

Are you a soprano, tenor or bass and under 26 years of age? If you are at home in the repertoire of Mozart, in baroque, Italian and French opera, apply now to participate in the Young Singers Project in 2013!

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Grand Festival Finale Featuring International Top Orchestras

23 AUG 2012

published in: Concert

During the last ten days of this year’s Salzburg Festival, one world-class orchestra follows another. Great names like the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam or the London Symphony Orchestra will grace the stage at the Orchestra Finale. Read on for an overview of all the protagonists of the Festival’s final orchestral concerts.

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Daniel Barenboim’s Extensive Activities at the Salzburg Festival

14 AUG 2012

published in: Concert

Daniel Barenboim made his Salzburg Festival debut – as a pianist – as early as 1965. Over the years, the native Argentinean has been one of the artists most closely associated with the Festival. This summer, Barenboim appears in no less than six concerts at the Festival – both as a conductor and pianist. 

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Schubert's last sonatas – a lecture with Alfred Brendel

4 AUG 2012

published in: Concert

Alfred Brendel no longer gives concerts. However, this does not mean he no longer plays the piano in public. On Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm, he will lecture on "Schubert's Last Piano Sonatas" at the Main Auditorium of the University, demonstrating at the piano.

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