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Theme 2018




With the Grafenegg Academy, Campus Grafenegg is further extending its activities, bundling them into a two-week programme focus. The aim is for music to be understood as a living artistic process and engagement with our cultural environment – offering concertante operas, open rehearsals, lectures and round-table discussions. Grafenegg Academy’s innovative programme was conceived and curated by the conductor and artistic director of Campus Grafenegg, Leon Botstein.



A central pillar of the Campus Grafenegg was created with the founding of the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra. This orchestral ambassador of the Grafenegg Academy is made up of young musicians at the start of their professional careers in cooperation with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and The Orchestra Now (TŌN). Coming from all over Europe, the USA and Asia, they are the embodiment of Campus Grafenegg’s interdisciplinary approach to the orchestral repertoire. The participating musicians are highly talented young professional musicians at the start of their careers with a keen interest in music education that goes beyond the merely technical aspects of performing music and links music to culture, history, politics and society as a new means of understanding. Curiosity, openness to new ideas, and an ambition to be a leader in tomorrow’s musical landscape are common qualities of the orchestra members. Intercultural communication and an active examination of the repertoire are essential in the collaboration between the musicians. In 2018, its founding year, the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra is working with world-class conductors and artists whose own practice is inspired by a deep exploration into musical works and the circumstances of their creation. This approach will open up new possibilities of playing, listening to and understanding music, and not only for the musicians of the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra.


THEME 2018


This year’s theme, «Europe 1918/2018 – The Challenge of Historical Discontinuity», deals with artistic responses to political upheavals, social changes and the associated disruptions of artistic practices and listening habits. It deals with Europe both in the period after the First World War and the present, when the continent and the European Union are faced with multiple crises and political instabilities. Over two Sundays with the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra, the concert programmes and accompanying events investigate the parallels and divergences between the two eras, the roles of artists and both their distance to and their involvement in political and social changes.


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