Category: Special Performing Groups

Groups, that can not be categorized as choirs, orchestras or bands are welcome to apply as Special Performing Groups to the festival.

Special Performing Groups may choose to take part in the SCL Competition or in the SCL Celebration.

 

SCL Competition

In the Competition groups take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- 2 workshops at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 performance before the jury in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- If chosen by the jury: concert in the evening Gala Winners’ Concert in the Konzerthaus
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall

Within a maximum time period of 20 to 25 minutes the participants are required to present pieces before the jury, that will be determined by the artistic director. Please send us your suggestions!

+ see the Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
The SCL Jury evaluates the ensembles upon a transparent catalogue of criteria.  The following criteria are observed and rated:

- Technical criteria = intonation, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble playing. (A maximum of 14 points can be reached)
- Musical-artistic criteria = phrasing, expressivity, spontaneity (Max 14 points)
- Overall artistic impression (Max 6 points)
- Program selection (Max 6 points)

Depending on the rating of the Jury the ensemble and its participants will be awarded with a certificate which lists the result: Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated.

Outstanding: 30 - 40 Points
Excellent: 20 - 29 Points
Good: 10 - 19 Points
Participated: 0 - 9 Points

The ensembles will be provided with a summarized feedback from the whole jury, the result of the competition (Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated) and the rank in their category. However, the points and the individual points of the respective criteria or the individual jury member will not be revealed.




SCL Celebration

In the Celebration groups take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- 2 workshops at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 afternoon performance in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall
- Gala Winner´s Concert ticket included

Within a maximum time period of 20 minutes the participants may present their freely chosen program on stage.
 
Join all the participating ensembles one more time at the Gala Winner´s Concert in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus. A true celebration of the individual achievements of the past few festival days as well as a celebration of international friendships that have been established over the course of the SCL Festival.
 
Additional concerts:
Your program for the additional concerts should be around 50-55 minutes. The program can be freely chosen, it can also include all or parts of your competition / celebration program and/or your workshop pieces.

 
 
 

Compulsory and Workshop Pieces 2017 - 2018:


Due to the extraordinary character of this category the music pieces which will be performed before the jury have to be agreed on prior to the festival. Please contact us with your suggestions and the jury will come back to you with their choice of proposed music pieces.


  • SCL Festival Venues - St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    The opening ceremony held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s landmark and a symbol of Austrian identity.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/st-stephens-cathedral

  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

    www.musikverein.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

    www.konzerthaus.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-l-to-r/city-hall

Jury members - Workshop Lecturers

Georg Mark

Georg Mark

Head of the Orchestra Jury, Symphonic Band, Special Ensemble Jury, Workshop Lecturer;...
Lars Mlekusch

Lars Mlekusch

Head of the Special Ensemble Jury, Symphonic Band Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Erwin Ortner

Erwin Ortner

Head of the Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer; & Artistic Advisor of the SCL...
Hermann Pallhuber

Hermann Pallhuber

Head of the Symphonic Band Jury, Special Ensemble Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Ehrenfellner

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra, Symphonic Band & Special Ensemble Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Johannes Hiemetsberger

Johannes Hiemetsberger

Member of the Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea

Andy Icochea Icochea

Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Milan Kolena

Milan Kolena

Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Aleksandar Markovic

Aleksandar Markovic

Member of the Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Angelika Möser

Angelika Möser

Orchestra, Choir, Symphonic Band & Special Ensemble Jury
Philipp Pointner

Philipp Pointner

Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer
David Slater

David Slater

Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer
Eduard Strauss

Eduard Strauss

Workshop Lecturer
Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer
  • Georg Mark
  • Lars Mlekusch
  • Erwin Ortner
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Johannes Hiemetsberger
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Milan Kolena
  • Aleksandar Markovic
  • Angelika Möser
  • Philipp Pointner
  • David Slater
  • Eduard Strauss
  • Saul Zaks
  • Georg Mark

    Head of the Orchestra Jury, Symphonic Band, Special Ensemble Jury, Workshop Lecturer; Artistic Advisor of the SCL Festival

    Georg Mark was born in Salzburg, studied conducting and violin in Vienna at the Konservatorium Wien University, at the same time studies in musicology, philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna.
    Among the orchestras with whom he performs in Austria, Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and in South America are the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Nippon Yomiouri Orchestra, the Nagano Philharmonic, the Orchestra National de Toulouse, the Royal Flaandern Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra Bergen, the Trondheim Symphony, the Oslo Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Rheinland Pfalz, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the National Venezolanian Youth Orchestra Simon Bolivar, the Sinfonische Orchester Graz, the Wiener Kammerorchester etc with Soloists like Julian Rachlin, Natalia Gutman, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Angelika Kirchschlager, Franco Gulli, Nicolaj Znajder, Boris Beresovsky, Till Fellner, Nikolaj Lugansky and many others.
    Since 1991 Georg Mark is Principal Guest Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow.
    His repertoire has a focus on music composed in Vienna with special emphasis on combining modern performance practice with the 'Wiener Tradition', especially works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler - and on the other hand Russian music with focus on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
    Georg Mark has been leading the conducting class at the Konservatorium Wien University for the last thirty-five years.

  • Lars Mlekusch

    Head of the Special Ensemble Jury, Symphonic Band Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Lars Mlekusch (born in Baden, Switzerland) has established himself as one of the most sought after saxophonists and educators.
    He has performed in most European countries as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Lars Mlekusch was a guest musician with the world renowned Klangforum Wien for ten years until he joined the ensemble PHACE as their saxophone soloist. From 2009 until 2015 he was the artistic director and conductor of the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra. With his Duo Saxophonic he is exploring the possibilities of saxophone with live-electronics and in the Duo Iridolon with organ player Tobias Willi, he is working on new repertoire for saxophone and organ as well as transcription of baroque music.
    At the age of 26, he was appointed professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, where he is leading a highly successful international saxophone class. From 2004 to 2007 he was also teaching saxophone at the University of Music in Basel.
    In 2015 he has also been appointed the new saxophone professor at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
    Lars Mlekusch has been invited to teach masterclasses at renowned institutions such as the CNSMD Paris, Conservatorium Amsterdam, Royal College of Music London, Koninklijk Conservatorium and Conservatoire Royal Brussels, Chopin University of Music Warsaw, Lucerne University of Music, Lausanne University of Music, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Milano, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia Roma, Conservatorio Real Superior Madrid, Conservatorio Superior Sevilla, Conservatoire Boulogne- Billancourt, Conservatorio Superior Palma de Mallorca, Shanghai Conservatory, Bejing Central Conservatory, Senzoku Gauken College Tokyo, Kunitachi College Tokyo, Northwestern University Chicago, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University or University of Toronto.
    In 2011 he was a jury member at the “Int. Saxophone Competition Nova Gorica” and at the “3rd Int. Jean-Marie Londeix Competition Bangkok”. In 2014 he was a jury member of the prestigious “Int. Adolphe Sax Competition” in Dinant. Further jury duties included “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb”, “EMONA”, Golden Saxophone Odessa and many more.
    At the festival SAX14 in Amsterdam he was a featured performer and performed together with James Carter. In Febraury 2016 he is invited to perform a solo recital at the new Concert hall of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Lars Mlekusch has been invited to the faculties of the prestigious European Saxophone University Gap and of the Impuls Academy Graz.
    Lars Mlekusch is a graduate from the University of Music in Basel (Marcus Weiss) and from Northwestern University (Frederick L. Hemke). He also enjoyed conducting classes with Emilio Pomárico in Milan which led him to explore a new musical journey through conducting. He has conducted in places such as the Wiener Konzerthaus or Wiener Musikverein.
    In 2006 he was diagnosed Focal Dystonia ("Musician´s Cramp") in his right hand and in 2011 focal dystonia of the embouchure. Despite this condition, he continuos to perform extensively as a soloist and with his ensembles but is emphasizing his work as a conductor and educator.

    Photo: © Oliver Topf

  • Erwin Ortner

    Head of the Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer; & Artistic Advisor of the SCL Festival

    Erwin Ortner was born in Vienna, and had his first musical training as a member of the Vienna Boy's Choir under Ferdinand Grossmann. He later studied at the Academy of Music in Vienna (among others, with Hans Swarowsky and Hans Gillesberger). From 1980 to 2016 Ortner tought as professor of choral conducting and choral voice training, and from 1996 to 2002 he was dean of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

    Erwin Ortner is the founder and artistic director of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. From 1983, until its dissolution in 1995, he was also director of the Choir of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). The Arnold Schoenberg choir had a long association with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien, with which it has made numerous recordings and won a number of awards. In 2002 the Schoenberg Choir won a Grammy Award in the category “Best Choral Performance”, for a recording of Bach's Matthäus-Passion, conducted by Nicolaus Harnoncourt. In this category the conductor and the Choir director are honoured.

    As a conductor, Erwin Ortner has worked in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Rome and Salzburg, where he has been involved in projects with Maurizio Pollini. He is regularly invited to work with leading orchestras, opera houses, festivals and concert halls, including the RSO-Vienna, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Salzburg Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Musikverein Vienna and the Vienna Konzerthaus.) His frequent appearances as a guest conductor demonstrate his manifold activities both throughout Austria and abroad.

    Aside from his work as a conductor and chorus master, Erwin Ortner is also sought after internationally as a lecturer and adjudicator for master-classes in orchestral and choral conducting. In 2010 he became artistic director of the "Wiener Hofmusikkapelle" founded in 1498.

    Photo: © Dieter Nagl

  • Hermann Pallhuber

    Head of the Symphonic Band Jury, Special Ensemble Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Prof. Hermann Pallhuber was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1967. He began piano and trombone lessons when he was 10 and went on to study conducting and piano at the Vienna Conservatoire and then music education at the Mozarteum in Salzburg/Innsbruck. He also studied Classical Philology (Latin) at the University of Innsbruck and is a graduate of the Academy of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg, where he majored in wind orchestra management, wind band conducting and instrumentation.

    Pallhuber is a busy and award-winning conductor of wind orchestras and brass bands in Austria and Germany, including the Symphonic Wind Orchestra Tyrol, the Wind Music Project Stuttgart, the Three Lions Brass Band Stuttgart and the Brass Band Tyrol.

    From 2007 to 2016 Prof. Pallhuber was appointed the Chief Conductor of the Tyrolean band music association.

    Since 2009 Hermann Pallhuber is holding a chair of Wind Band Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart (Germany) and since 2011 also at the Conservatory of Innsbruck.

    Pallhuber‘s commissions have included a huge number of works for Concert and Brass Bands all over Europe. His highly respected „Titan´s Progress“ – an epic work with reminiscenses to Jean Paul and Gustav Mahler – was awarded „Test Piece of the Year 2009“ in Birmingham (GB) at the British Open Brass Band Contest.

  • Christoph Ehrenfellner

    Orchestra, Symphonic Band & Special Ensemble Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Born in Salzburg Christoph Ehrenfellner comes to be one of Austrias most versatile artists of the younger generation. He is acclaimed violinist, composer and conductor, 2016-2019 artist in residence at Theater Nordhausen/Germany, where he composes new opera, ballet and symphonic music, conducts and performs. He is a regular guest-conductor at the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg. He was chief-conductor at the Sinfonietta Baden 2011-15 and assistant conductor at the Opéra National de Lorraine/Nancy. He conducted the OSN Nancy, OSN S. Domingo, RSO Belarus, Thames Chamber Orchestra London, Krasnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, the Ruse State Opera, ISO Austria and Ravenna Festival Orchestra.

    Christoph Ehrenfellner is current composer in residence at the Opera Festival Retz/Austria and at the Loisiarte Chamber Music Festival 2017, he held residencies at the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse/France 2012, Seiji Ozawa Academy/Geneva 2013, at PalmKlang Festival/Salzburg 2015. His orchestral music, concertos and chamber music are performed worldwide by artists such as Leif Segerstam, Daniel Klajner, Michael Helmrath, Christian Altenburger, Matthias Schorn, Alexandra Soumm, Emmanuel Tjeknavorjan and Sergey Malov.

    Ehrenfellner worked as a guest-concertmaster at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra and the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music. He recorded representative solo and chamber music repertoire for BBC3, ORF, NHK, Slovensky Rozhlas, and 6 CDs for HungaroTon, Preiser Records, PanMusica and Paladino Music. Christoph Ehrenfellner is a dedicated chamber musician, guest at many Festivals worldwide and currently leading the Zuckmayer Ensemble Wien-Berlin. Furthermore he is teaching the University Orchestra at the University of Music Graz. He is regular jury member at the SCL Youth Orchestra Competition in Wiener Musikverein and honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. Since 2015 he is head of the youth orchestra and youth chamber music classes of the Allegro Vivo Festival in Austria.

    Find more about Christoph Ehrenfellner at www.christophehrenfellner.at

  • Johannes Hiemetsberger

    Member of the Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Music never is.
    Either one listened to it already, or longs to do so. Likewise a musical ensemble never is. It becomes. Always. How, that is – among other factors – also my responsibility. And: To conduct is to trigger music, spark something in people who burn inside – that’s where I like to take a hand in …

    Founder and artistic director of the COMPANY OF MUSIC and the Chorus Sine Nomine (www.chorussinenomine.at).

    As a conductor he collaborated with orchestras such as the Wiener Akademie, the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Prisma Wien, Camerata Salzburg, the winds of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra as well as the NDR Choir Hamburg, the BR Choir Munich, the Sociedad de Coral de Bilbao etc.

    Regular concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus, at the Musikverein in Vienna, at Jeunesse, Festival Salzburg Whitsun & Barock, the Styriarte, the International Brucknerfest Linz, the festival Ravenna or the Festival dell’ Aurora in Italy. Johannes Hiemetsberger teaches conducting for Choir and Chamber music ensembles at the mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (mdw) in Vienna and was the chief artistic director of the Webern Chamber Choir at mdw from 2011 to 2016 (www.mdw.ac.at/webernkammerchor/).

    He is a regular instructor at and artistic director of vocal music courses and courses for choir conductors (Europa Cantat in France and Spain, Cantata Kaltenberg etc) as well as at workshops and master classes (Finland, Germany, Philippines, Taiwan, Italy) and was founder and director of youth choirs (OÖ Landesjugendchor 2000-2005, Neue Wiener Stimmen 2010-2013).

    Since 2008 he is artistic director of the Stimmen Festival Freistadt in Upper Austria (www.stimmen-festival-freistadt.at).

    He received his education at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (music pedagogy, choir conducting with Johannes Prinz and Herwig Reiter) as well as the Konservatorium of the City of Vienna (Conducting with Georg Mark, Early Music).

    JH is recipient of the Erwin-Ortner-Fonds as well as the Ferdinand Grossmann-Prize.

    www.companyofmusic.at

  • Andy Icochea Icochea

    Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein and Berliner Konzerthaus. Additionally, he has served as choral clinician and conductor for the World Peace Choir (Vienna and Beijing) and guest clinician for Boston Symphony Orchestra education programs.
    Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist under Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy, Bernard Haitink and Charles Dutoit. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States.
    He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston.

  • Milan Kolena

    Choir Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    At the Zilina Conservatory he studied piano, singing and choir conducting. After graduating with a degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Performing Arts (VSMU) in Bratislava under the tutelage of Prof. Peter Hradil, he continued his studies in sacred music at VSMU. He also continued his studies of Gregorian Chant with Prof. J. Kohlhaufl at the University for Music and Darstellende Kunst in Vienna where he is the author of the first Slovak professional publication on Gregorian chant: ”Súčasné smery v interpretácii gregorianskeho choralu” (Current Directions in Interpretation of Gregorian Chant). He actively cooperates in the interpretation of Gregorian chant with Prof. Dr. F. K. Prassl from Graz and Prof. Dr. J. B. Goschl from Munich. Milan Kolena was an assistant with the Chlapčenský zbor (Boys´ choir) in Bratislava and was conductor of the Spevácky zbor bratislavských učitelov (Bratislava Teachers‘ Choir). In addition, he currently serves as conductor of Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis. Milan Kolena teaches choir conducting and Gregorian chant at VŠMU. Since 1998 Milan Kolena has been the Art Director of the International Sacred Music Choir Festival Námestovské hudobné slavnosti, Musica Sacra in Bratislava, Slovakia Cantat. He is active as a Jury member at national and international choral competitions in Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Slovakia. He has led many workshops and seminars about vocal polyphony, Gregorian chant and Slovak contemporary music. During 2004-2006 together with Schola Gregoriana Bratisalvensis recorded 3 CDs of Bratislava antiphons for Slovak National Library. Since 2013 he is the president of the Slovak Choral Association.

    In 2014 he gave lectures at three American universities: Illinois Wesleyan University School, University of Missouri School of Music, Colorado State University, topic: The Question of the Interpretation of Latin texts in Sacred Choral Music.

    He was awarded the best conductor special prize of the „Singing World“ choral competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. In the same year he also did workshops in China and Hong Kong.

  • Aleksandar Markovic

    Member of the Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    His appointment at Opera North comes after an intensive period of collaboration with the company including conducting this season’s production of Janacek’s Jenufa as well as several concert appearances with the Orchestra of Opera North with repertoire ranging from Mozart through Schumann, Wagner, and Strauss. Other appearances this season have included very successful debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, and a return to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Later this season he has further debuts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony, and returns to the Qatar Philharmonic and the Brno Philharmonic for concerts both in Brno and at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

    During his time with the Brno Philharmonic, and in addition to their annual season, he took the orchestra to Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, the Palace of Arts Budapest, Brucknerhaus Linz, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, Reduta Hall Bratislava, Passau’s European Weeks festival, and on an extensive tour of Japan. In the autumn of 2014 they performed an all-Wagner programme in Stefaniensaal, Graz, for opening of the Musikverein für Steiermark’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

    Aleksandar Markovic also enjoys close collaborations with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Croatian HRT and Prague Radio symphony orchestras, the Slovenian Philharmonic and the Slovak Philharmonic, with whom he recorded the CD ‘Sinful Women’ for Czech national label Supraphon. He recently enjoyed successful debuts with the Wuppertal Opera and Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Verdi Trieste, Bremen Philharmonic, Lübeck Philharmonic and Mannheim Chamber Orchestra.

    He celebrated the 2013 “Wagner Year” with a new production of Der fliegende Holländer at the Slovenian National Theatre Ljubljana, and a concert performance of Rienzi in Munich’s Philharmonie am Gasteig. Other guest conducting appearances include the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Halle, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, DSO Berlin, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Concertverein, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, State Orchestra Braunschweig, Belgrade Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Kremerata Baltica.

    As Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck he conducted highly acclaimed productions of Salome, Der fliegende Holländer, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana/ I Pagliacci, Le nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, Traviata, Nabucco, Norma, and Swan Lake, as well as many innovative symphonic programmes. He also conducted a new production of La forza del destino at the National Theatre Belgrade, and appeared at the National Theatre Prague and the Landestheater Salzburg.

    Aleksandar Markovic commands a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire, ranging from Classic and Romantic to contemporary styles. His keen interest in 20th-century and avant- garde music has led to performances of works by the likes of Hartmann, Schiske, Istvan, Rozsa, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Glass, D’Ase, Pintscher, Larcher, Tüür, Yusupov and Salonen.

    Born in Belgrade, and a graduate of Leopold Hager’s conducting class at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Aleksandar Markovic also attended masterclasses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where he was awarded a Diploma d’onore. He gained a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation Berlin, and won First Prize at the 7th “Gregorz Fitelberg” International Conducting Competition in Katowice, Poland.

    For more information: www.aleksandar-markovic.com

  • Angelika Möser

    Orchestra, Choir, Symphonic Band & Special Ensemble Jury


    Angelika Möser was born in Vienna. After finishing school and a business college she studied musicology combined with dramatics, economy and history at the Vienna University. She graduated in 1993.
    During the time of her studies she worked in the office of the concert organisation Jeunesses Musicales Austria, at the Salzburg Summer Festival as well as at the Easter Festival Salzburg. Since 1988 member of the board of Jeunesses Musicales Austria she became president of the organisation for five years in 1998.
    From 1992 to 2003 Angelika Möser worked in the artistic department at the Wiener Konzerthaus. In October 2003 she became Secretary General of Jeunesses Musicales Austria. In this position she was responsible for more than 600 concerts per year in Austria with a focus on young talents and young audiences, two orchestra camps for young musicians and many other activities. From 2005 until 2011 she was also Vicepresident of Jeunesses Musicales International.
    With July 2015 she became executive director at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Angelika Möser is member of the directorate of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as board member of many music organisations like mica (music information center Austria) or musica juventutis and is often asked as jury member for music competitions.
    As a passionate choir singer she is member of the Wiener Singverein since more than 25 years.

  • Philipp Pointner

    Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Viennese-born conductor Philipp Pointner started his career at Cape Town Opera/South Africa. There and at Gauteng Opera Johannesburg he is still a regular guest.

    He continued his way in Germany, where he was Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Nürnberg for many years. He is guest at many European opera houses such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Köln, Staatstheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Belgium, just to name a few. In Austria he conducted at the Volksoper Vienna and the Oper Graz.

    In concert Philipp Pointner is working with orchestras like WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and Oviedo Philharmonic/Spain. He is regular guest conductor at the Filarmonia de Stat Transilvania Cluj/Romania. In 2017 he will debut with the RSO Vienna.

  • David Slater

    Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    David Slater is an Australian conductor, composer and music educator. He has conducted on 3 continents and throughout Australia, and is winner of both the Symphony Australia Prize and the National Orchestras of Australia Award. Mr Slater founded and directed a number of award-winning music organisations, including contemporary music ensembles, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and music theatre companies. He is a sought-after workshop conductor and has accepted appointments to conduct masterclasses in Europe, Japan, China and Russia. Most recently he has worked with the Chamber Choir of the University of Technology, Harbin, China and has accepted the position of principal Guest Conductor with the Beecroft Symphony Orchestra from mid-2016.

    Mr Slater is a Represented Australian Composer with the Australian Music Centre. He studied Composition in Australia and later under scholarship in Germany. His work, twice short-listed for Australia’s richest composition award, includes many genres from the concert hall to TV, film and advertising. It encompasses solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music from professional to student levels. He receives regular commissions - most recently for a piano concerto, an acapella Magnificat and a piano trio. His work has been performed throughout Australia and the world.

    Mr Slater is a respected music educator at tertiary and secondary level, having taught and lectured for 35 years. He is passionate about the place of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. He is sought after as a performance adjudicator, having worked with many organisations, festivals and eisteddfods over 30 years. He has examined final year music students in three Australian states and was appointed to the International Jury of the 2016 World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia where he also presented workshops on Australian music and conducted masterclasses. He is a member of the faculty of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna and the Leonardo da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence.

    He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and services to music in the community, including Australia Day awards, and has published articles on music and music education. He is Australia’s representative to the World Choir Council.

     

     

  • Eduard Strauss

    Workshop Lecturer

    Eduard Strauss was born in Vienna on 21 April 1955 as the son of the sixth - and to date last - musician in the family (descended from Johann Strauss I.) - conductor Eduard Strauss II. (1910-1969). After primary school, he attended the traditional „Scottish secondary school“(„Schottengymnasium“) in Vienna, whose pupils also included his great great uncles Johann II. and Josef. He completed his schooling there with the university entrance examination in 1973. He went on to study law at Vienna University, and after completing his coursework in 1978 obtained his doctorate on 1 February 1979. He started working in the courts in February of the same year, and enjoyed this work so much that he decided to become a judge. He was accepted for preparatory service, which he successfully concluded in 1982, passing the examination for the office of judge. Since then he has worked as a judge - since 1 January 1997 as a civil law judge at Vienna Higher Regional Court of Appeal. Since 1 January 2006 he is appointed "Senatspräsident" (president of a chamber/a panel).
    As a child, he often had the opportunity of experiencing for himself the spell that holds the audience at his father's concerts. His love of music has always played a significant role in his life. For many years he was an active member (baritone) of the traditional „Vienna Men's Choral Association“, to whom many well-known (choral) waltzes by Johann Strauss II. were dedicated, and which also performed them for the first time. One example is the waltz „On the Beautiful Blue Danube“. He has been singing with the outstanding „Schola Cantorum“ choral society in Vienna since 1995 (http://www.scholacantorum.at/).
    For many years, he has devoted himself to the family history in his spare time, to Strauss research and maintaining the Strauss legacy. This involves looking beyond the sentimentality and giving serious consideration to the family's history and rnusic. As a result, he also takes a great interest in the activities of the international Strauss societies and is, for example, „honorary patron“ of the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain, and an honorary rnember of the Swedish, French, German and Czech Strauss Societies. From 1987 to 1991 he was president of the Johann Strauss-Society Vienna. Since 1995 he has been president of the newly formed „Vienna Institute for Strauss Research“ whose main goal is the publication of the first scientifically produced catalogue of the works of Johann Strauss II – the „Strauss-Elementar-Verzeichnis (SEV)“ and of the works of the other composers of the family (i.e. Johann I., Josef, Eduard I. and Johann III.) – the „Strauss-Allianz-Verzeichnis (SAV)“.
    He has been married to pharmacist Susanne (née Kienast) since 12 September 1986. The couple had two sons, Michael - born 28 July 1988 died 5 July 2012 - and Thomas - born 24 January 1990.

  • Saul Zaks

    Orchestra Jury & Workshop Lecturer

    Saul Zaks (born 1961 in Buenos Aires) is the conductor of the University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra. He has been the conductor of the University of Southern Denmark Chamber choir for 16 years.
    Saul Zaks performed the Misatango with Martín Palmeri several times and at the Scandinavian premiere in December 2014. Today is Saul the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna
    (http://www.misatango.com ).

    Saul Zaks has been a conductor of the Jerusalem Rubin Academy Ensemble for Contemporary Music and a guest conductor for The Danish Radio Choir. He also worked for many years as a lecturer at the Musicology Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
    Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. He specializes in music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa and the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler.

    Saul Zaks completed his conducting studies at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán and received a diploma in musical theory, history of western music and conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
    Saul Zaks is Ambassador for Argentina and for Denmark at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Network of University Orchestras.
    Saul Zaks has won the Recording of the Month in Europe as leader of the Danish National Choir together with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard for recordings of Choral Symphony & Requiem by Asger Hamerik (DACAPO 8.226033, 2006). He has also gained a nomination to the Danish Grammy (P2 Prisen) as well as in 2016 to the Latin Grammy's in the category "Best Tango Album" together with Pablo Ziegler.

    (http://www.saulzaks.com/ ).

  • Georg Mark
  • Lars Mlekusch
  • Erwin Ortner
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Johannes Hiemetsberger
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Milan Kolena
  • Aleksandar Markovic
  • Angelika Möser
  • Philipp Pointner
  • David Slater
  • Eduard Strauss
  • Saul Zaks

Instruments on stage during the competition or celebration:

Due to the lay-out of the stage and the sequence of the competition a Piano will only be available for performing Choirs in the competition in the Musikverein.

Nevertheless Orchestras, Symphonic Bands and Special Performing Groups can dispose of the following instruments on stage in the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the additional concerts at the MuTh concert hall:

-    5x Timpani (5 Pauken) - Adams Sinfonik pedaltimpani, plastic heads, fine tuner, tuning gauge, sizes 20, 23, 26, 29, 32
-    Xylophone - Yamaha, 3 + ½ octaves (3 + ½ Oktaven)
-    Vibraphone - Musser, 3 octaves (3 Oktaven)
-    Marimba - Yamaha, 5 octaves (5 Oktaven)
-    Bass Drum (= Große Trommel = Grand Cassa) - Adams 40‘

Those instruments will be arranged as indicated on the SCL stage plan of the Musikverein and cannot be removed. Please do not take your own versions of the above-mentioned percussion instruments to the stage and use only the provided ones at the indicated stages.
 
Please also note that instruments are only provided at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the MuTh concert hall. At all other locations you have to use your own percussion instruments and music stands.

Additional instruments and technical equipment are generally not supplied by Via Musica. Should you require additional equipment please contact us for organisational assistance as soon as possible.