Our MissionGrafenegg Academy Orchestra
Each Summer Grafenegg Academy forms a closely-knit community of exceptionally talented young professional musicians, internationally renowned orchestral musicians as mentors and acclaimed personalities from the world of classical music 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 beautiful Summer home and a serene surrounding.
Within short time, the Grafenegg Academy, newly formed in 2021, gained a reputation in its young existence – in 2023 musicians from all continents applied. The strongest applicants - which prevail in a competitive application process - are invited to Grafenegg each summer to form the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra together: A temporary, strong and internationally top-class orchestra.
The mission of the Grafenegg Academy is to think holistically and to approach the profession of young musicians from different perspectives and to reflect this during the residency. It is important to respond to the diversity of the career paths of modern musicians. This is highlighted in various concert formats - but above all in the work that happens during the residency within the context of diverse rehearsal work, various formats, workshops, lectures, and much more.
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.
Artistic Curator 2024Ilan Volkov
The Grafenegg Academy is led by Ilan Volkov as artistic curator - who is supported by a group of outstanding artists who act as mentors.
Soloist & Guest Artist 2024Colin Currie
Colin Currie continues to accompany the Grafenegg Academy as soloist and guest artist.
Grafenegg Academy 2024
What you get
Community of Excellence: Join a close-knit community of highly talented musicians, supported by renowned mentors and influential figures in classical music.
Holistic Approach: Embrace a holistic approach to music education, catering to the diverse career paths of modern musicians through various concert formats, workshops, and more.
Renowned Curators & Mentors: Benefit from the guidance of celebrated musicians who contribute to the program's richness.
Global Recognition: Grafenegg Academy has quickly gained international recognition, attracting musicians from around the world to form a top-class orchestra.
Fresh Perspective: Experience a creative and ambitious approach to music, fostering artistic exchange, skill development, and collaborative exploration.
Performance Showcase: Grafenegg Academy culminates in a series of orchestra and chamber music performances, showcasing the diverse work achieved during the program.
Social Activities: Our program extends beyond music to embrace activities that promote community bonding. You can look forward to BBQ evenings, spontaneous chamber music soirées, jam sessions, excursions to local wine taverns, and much more.
Inspiring Environment: Immerse yourself in the stunning setting of castle, park, and nature, with the warm hospitality of Lower Austria as your backdrop.
In a nutshell, Grafenegg Academy offers a transformative and enriching musical journey, bringing out the best in talented musicians and expanding their horizons.