Composer Conductor Workshop

The Composer Conductor Workshop INK STILL WET is aimed at composers and offers the opportunity to rehearse and perform their own work with a professional orchestra. INK STILL WET is taking place for the 9th time as part of the Grafenegg Festival.

The participating composers will have the unique opportunity to rehearse their own compositions as conductors with Tonkunstler Orchestra and present them to the public in concert. Peter Ruzicka, Composer in Residence of the Grafenegg Festival 2019, will be in charge of the workshop.

Peter Ruzicka works with the participating composers on fine-tuning their works and supports the participants in the preparation and development of their conducting. Focus of the workshop is working on and overcoming of possible barriers between composers and executing musicians as well as the promotion of creative exchange.

The workshop will be accompanied by the Orchestra of Residence of Grafenegg Festival, the Tonkunstler Orchestra. Together, the selected works are rehearsed and the rehearsals are recorded. An in-depth video analysis and the help of a pianist additionally support participants in the realization of their works and their musical ideas.

The workshop is public and takes place in Grafenegg. The compositions of the participating composers will be presented on 31 August 2019 at 4.30pm in a final concert in Auditorium Grafenegg.

INK STILL WET promotes the creative exchange between audience, composers and performers and provides insights into all phases of an exciting work and rehearsal process.
Course language: English


Composer in Residence

The Man Who Hears Beyond Boundaries
Peter Ruzicka: Composer in Residence
For Peter Ruzicka, music excites when it transcends worldly limitations, when concepts become sound, when the bounds of reality blur. He draws inspiration from Paul Celan’s attempts give form to the inexpressible. Ruzicka is a soul searcher. He uses the history of music as a spur to the new; as conductor he always seeks the ineffable. His own works have been premiered by the some of the world’s finest orchestras. As Composer in Residence at Grafenegg Ruzicka has inspired young musicians with his musical craft and awareness of tradition. He brings an opening fanfare to the festival and the premiere of a new work to the Wolkenturm.

"I am interested in crossovers and musical bilingualism, the change between the present and the unreal expression. ... That may sound theoretical, but in music this idea will hopefully become a tangible experience. " (Peter Ruzicka)


Entry requirements:

  • Conducting Score of the composition for the workshop (PDF or print)
    • Duration: The composition must not last longer than 7 minutes
    • Maximum orchestral scoring:

Strings: 10 violins 1, 8 violins 2, 6 violas, 4 Celli, 3 double basses
Woodwinds: 2 flutes (1. and 2. picc.), 2 oboes (2. + cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2. + b.cl), 2 bassoons (2. + cbn)
Brass: 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba
Others: 1 timpani, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 1 piano/celesta/synthesizer (1 musician)

For further information see leaflet «Instrumentation and layout»

Minimum orchestral scoring: 21 musicians

  • Application Form
  • Cover letter (1-2 pages) in English
  • Artist résumé/CV in English
  • Full score of a symphonic work of reference including a recording (if available)
  •  Response: You will be supplied by 1 April 2019 with a definitive acceptance or refusal with further detailed information about the course.
  •  If you are admitted, the parts, conducting score and if possible piano reduction for 2 pianos of the piece you wish to develop within the workshop must have reached us in PDF format (for piano reduction also printing copy) by 1 May 2019.
  • Both the closing concert of INK STILL WET and the individual working sessions are open to all visitors, students and interested observers.
  • Workshop size: max. 6 participants
  • Deadline for application: 1 March 2019

Applications should be sent by post or via an email to:

Campus Grafenegg
Kulturbezirk 2
3100 St. Pölten


  • Course fee: € 250.-
  • Grants: The Friends of the Grafenegg Festival support participation in the workshop. Expenditure such as the cost of travel and accommodation can be submitted after the event together with a short commentary on the workshop and may be reimbursed in parts or totally.
  • Cancellation: Withdrawal from participation before 1 July 2019 will entitle the applicant to a refund of fees less a handling charge of € 50.-.


Campus Grafenegg
Kulturbezirk 2
3100 St.Pölten
mobil: +43 650 3390 083
Grafenegg is about 50 minutes by car from Vienna and also about 50 minutes drive from Vienna International Airport (Schwechat).
We will be glad to help you in finding suitable accommodation in the neighbourhood.


By submitting an application, the applicant expresses acceptance of the conditions for participation in the Grafenegg Festival, in particular with the public presentation of the workshop results at Grafenegg, with radio and television recordings and transmissions and with capture and dissemination on audio and video media. The applicant affirms that he/she holds the rights for exploitation of all materials and accomplishments offered and provides these free of charge.

Program Ink Still Wet

24– 31 August 2019, Grafenegg

24 August
time tbc Welcome meeting
 Workshop: score analysis & piano rehearsal
25 August 1 – 4pm 
Workshop: conducting & piano rehearsal
26 –30 August time tbc Workshop: conducting & piano rehearsal, video analysis
26 August  3 – 5:30pm
Orchestra rehearsal
27 August 3 – 5:30pm Orchestra rehearsal
28 August 3 – 5:30pm Orchestra rehearsal
29 August 2 – 4:30pm Orchestra rehearsal
30 August 3 – 5pm  General rehearsal INK STILL WET
31 August 4:30pm
 INK STILL WET Closing Concert
Artist talk

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