The French historian and politician Jean Jaurès said, «Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation and passing on of the fire». We want to embrace this responsibility, to ensure that as an institution we are prepared to face the challenges of the future; that the musicians who come together here in Grafenegg find a forward-thinking and experimental environment where they can actively participate and develop. It is important for us to pave new paths and create new spaces where work can develop through courage and curiosity.
In 2024, the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra celebrates its fourth year. Composed of musicians from more than 30 nations, it serves as a breeding ground for musical excellence that prepares its members for life as artists.
In addition to the Academy, Grafenegg has close connections to another orchestra for young musicians. The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is one of the world’s leading youth symphony orchestras.
Each year, we welcome a new Composer in Residence who writes a commissioned work and serves as leader of the composer conductor workshop Ink Still Wet. Participating composers have the opportunity to work on their pieces during the workshop and premiere them with the Tonkunstler Orchestra during the Grafenegg Festival.