Grafenegg Academy

Grafenegg Academy


Grafenegg Academy Orchestra

Artistic Curators

What do we offer

Concert programme

Who is it for



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Grafenegg Academy Orchestra


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

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

The Grafenegg Academy 2020 is led by Artistic Curators Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie joined by a group of fellow artists and tutors. Together they aim to give young professional musicians the opportunity to discover a new kind of music making and expression where the musical interpretation is the responsibility of each individual within the Orchestra. The participants will be led very far into a new level of motivation, contribution and leadership and jointly they explore a rich diversity of repertoire and pieces they most likely did not have the chance to play before. Therefore, for most of the concert programmes the Orchestra will perform on its own without conductor to foster self-responsibility within the Orchestra and to allow for all musical ideas and approaches to come directly from its musicians. Together with a dynamic, wide-reaching programming that explores the links between old and new repertoire the Grafenegg Academy aims to allow a freedom in playing and go beyond the traditional concert formats and experiences.

The Grafenegg Academy will result in two concert days where concerts are played with the Orchestra as well as in ensembles with performances of chamber music works to show the work that has been done during the programme.




Artistic curators

Collin Currie

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.

From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming season Currie will premiere new works by Helen Grime, Simon Holt and Andy Akiho.

Currie’s dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally.

Håkan Hardenberger

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.

Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he collaborates with include Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.

The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertoire and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, HK Gruber, Hans Werner Henze, Betsy Jolas, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Rolf Wallin.

Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra amongst others.



Alexandra Conunova (Violin), Lausanne Soloists – Strings

Martial Gauthier (Violin), Les Siècles – Strings

Ruth Gibson (Viola), Aurora Orchestra – Strings

Robin Michael (Violoncello), Les Siècles – Strings

Sebastian Stevensson (Bassoon), Danish National Symphony Orchestra – Woodwinds

Håkan Hardenberger – Brass

Colin Currie – Percussion

and others


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 master artists
  • Unusual and rich diversity of repertoire – music you will probably not have had the chance to play before
  • The possibility to work without a conductor and make your voice heard not only in the performances and in the preparation and rehearsals leading to the concert.
  • Fourteen days in close contact with the best young orchestra musicians from all over the world and the tutors of the programme
  • New and different kinds of concert formats
  • Music Labs and masterclasses exploring professional needs in discussions and lectures with prominent figures with a multidisciplinary approach
  • An opportunity to build your CV with new skills to increase your musical expertise and performance abilities
  • The opportunity to be a 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
  • Access to Grafenegg’s network - get in touch with the greatest musicians and tutors


Concert programme


Tōru Takemitsu: «Garden Rain» for Brass Ensemble

Magnus Lindberg: «Ottoni» for Brass Ensemble

Edgard Varèse: «Intégrales» for Chamber Orchestra and Percussion

Charles Ives: «From the steeples and the mountains» for mixed Ensemble


Igor Strawinski: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra in E-flat «Dumbarton Oaks»

Helen Grime: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

Igor Strawinski: «Symphonies of Wind Instruments»

Béla Bartók: Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta



Steve Reich: «Mallet Quartet» for Percussion Quartet

Anders Eliasson: «Kimmo» for Trumpet and six Percussionists


Paul Hindemith: Concert music for String Orchestra and Brass op. 50

Joseph Haydn: Symphony in G major Hob. I:100 «Military»

HK Gruber: «Demilitarized Zones» March paraphrases for Brass Band

Ludwig van Beethoven: «Wellington's Victory or The Battle of Vittoria» for Orchestra op. 91

Mauricio Kagel: «Zehn Märsche, um den Sieg zu verfehlen»

and other works


Who is it for

  • 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.

Successful applicants are expected to be in residence for the full two-weeks of the 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.

28 June Arrival day
29 June Welcome Session
29 June - 11 July Rehearsal & Music Labs
5 July Concert Day 1
12 July Concert Day 2
13 July Departure Day


Grafenegg Academy fellows should arrive by Sunday, 28 June with the programme starting on Monday, 29 June. The date of return travel home will be Monday 13 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 – 18 places available

Bassoon (2.+ Double Bsn.) – 2 places available

Viola – 6 places available

French Horn – 4 places available

Cello – 4 places available

Trumpet – 4 places available

Double bass – 2 places available

Trombone (3. + Btb) – 3 places available

Flute (1. & 2. + Picc.) – 3 places available

Tuba – 1 place available

Oboe (3. + EH)– 3 places available

Percussion – (6) places available

Clarinet (1. + E♭) – 3 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 Friday, 31 January 2020 at Completed applications require the following:

  1. A motivation letter, including answers to:
    «Why do you want to participate in the Grafenegg Academy?»
    «What interests you most about the Grafenegg Academy?»

  2. Curriculum vitae in English (maximum of two pages)

  3. List of (contemporary) works already performed

  4. A four-minute audition video including three minutes performance of a piece of own choice and a one-minute statement in English about why to participate

  5. A letter of recommendation from a professional orchestra with or a promoter of classical music concerts sent directly by the management of the organisation to .


The Artistic Team around the Artistic Curators will decide on active participation upon receipt of the application package and recordings. Successful candidates will be contacted by Monday, 24 February 2020 with further information. Applicants must include a recording of themselves answering to the requirements mentioned above; the recording must be uploaded online. Please note that the recording must not be edited in any way.

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 is possible, and definitely before Monday, 10 February 2020.

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


General conditions, accommodation & transport

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 allowance of € 1.000.- 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»

Call for musicians

Events Grafenegg Academy


Percussionist Colin Currie as soloist of the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra.
Sunday, 05 July 2020 | 8.00 P.M.
Grafenegg | Auditorium

Grafenegg Academy Orchestra · Colin Currie



Håkan Hardenberger directs the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra.
Sunday, 12 July 2020 | 8.00 P.M.
Grafenegg | Wolkenturm

Grafenegg Academy Orchestra · Håkan Hardenberger


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