SCL 2017 News

Our next festival will take place: 2017, July 7th - 12th

 

sclfestival Dear SCL participants of 2017!

Thank you for having shared your great music with us, we very much enjoyed your performances! Please enjoy the day by day highlights of the SCL Festival 2017.
A huge THANK YOU to Vienna Tourist Board!!
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(Photographs © WienTourismus/Gerhard Weinkirn and © SCL Festival/Henri Manzano)
sclfestival Here you can find the SCL 2017 competition results!
sclfestival More Good News! We received a letter from the Austrian Commission for UNESCO granting its patronage for the SCL Festival again! Thank you, we are pleased and honoured.
sclfestival Good News! We just received the confirmation that the newly elected President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, will be taking over the patronage of SCL Festival in 2017!
sclfestival We are happily presenting the list with this year´s participating ensembles from all over the globe! Have a look at the 35 ensembles who will fill Vienna´s most wonderful venues with their magic this summer.
sclfestival We are happy to announce that at this moment we have already more than 20 ensembles from all over the world confirmed and will communicate soon more details about the participants of the SCL Festival 2017. If you want to be part of the Festival, register now and benefit from the early bird offer.
sclfestival We welcome David Slater (Australia) as a new Jury Member and are looking forward to a wonderful collaboration.
sclfestival The preparations of the SCL Festival 2017 have already started and we are looking forward to a great festival with marvelous performances. We are sure it will be a unique and magnificent event and are optimistic to present the festival under the patronage of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO again whom we are grateful for accompanying us over the last ten years.

 

+ Festival program



Festival Day 1: Friday
Afternoon Opening Ceremony for all participants at St. Stephen´s Cathedral
Conductor´s Kick-Off Meeting (all conductors)


Festival Day 2: Saturday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Special Groups
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 3: Sunday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Special Groups
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Special Groups
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 4: Monday
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Special Groups
Visit to the Haus der Musik*, an interactive sound museum
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 5: Tuesday
Morning Individual city exploration of Vienna*
Lecture, preparation for Gala Winners’ Concert and group photo at the Wiener Konzerthaus (all groups)
18:00 Evening Gala Winners' Concert (winners of the Competition on stage, all other participants in the audience) at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus
20:30 Award ceremony, farewell reception at the Rathaus - Town Hall (all participants)


Festival Day 6: Wednesday
Departure from Vienna, further European concert tour where applicable


* details as per individual group itinerary Program subject to change

 

Jury members - Workshop Lecturers

Luc Anthonis

Luc Anthonis

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Ehrenfellner

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea

Andy Icochea Icochea

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Georg Mark

Georg Mark

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Johann Mösenbichler

Johann Mösenbichler

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Angelika Möser

Angelika Möser

Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury
Hermann Pallhuber

Hermann Pallhuber

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Jürgen Partaj

Jürgen Partaj

Intendant, non-voting Chairman of the Juries
Philipp Pointner

Philipp Pointner

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Leonardo Sagliocca

Leonardo Sagliocca

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
David Slater

David Slater

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Eduard Strauss

Eduard Strauss

Workshop Lecturer
Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
  • Luc Anthonis
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Georg Mark
  • Johann Mösenbichler
  • Angelika Möser
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Leonardo Sagliocca
  • David Slater
  • Eduard Strauss
  • Saul Zaks
  • Luc Anthonis

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    At the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory of Antwerp Luc Anthonis received qualifications for solfeggio, flute, chambermusic, harmony, choral conducting.

    He rounded out his knowledge on choral conducting in master classes with Eric Ericson, Simon Halsey, Péter Erdei, Jan Eelkema, Michael Scheck and others.

    In 1980 Luc Anthonis took over the choir Cantilene from its founder Jozef Cleymans and in 1989 he himself founded the Vocal Ensemble Cantando. He still is the conductor of both choirs. The latter has won a great number of prizes in (inter)national competitions.

    He conducts the Flemish Radio Choir on a regular basis and has been choirmaster of an international choir in Italy for four years. He gave choralconducting masterclasses in Bludenz (Austria).

    Luc Anthonis is a standard member of the jury for the international youth choir competition in Neerpelt (EMJ-Belgium).

    In September 2007 Luc Anthonis became professor of choral conducting at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp (Belgium).

    Since 1982 Luc Anthonis has taught flute and instrumental ensemble at the Ekeren music academie (Antwerp-Belgium). Over the years his “Strings Ensemble” has grown to become the “Symphonic Ensemble of Ekeren” (SEE), one of the few “School Symphonic Orchestras” in Belgium.

  • Christoph Ehrenfellner

    Orchestra & Symphonic Band 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

  • Andy Icochea Icochea

    Choir & Orchestra 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, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.

    Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. 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. Additionally, he has served as guest Clinician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's education programs.

    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 has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.

  • Georg Mark

    Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    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.

  • Johann Mösenbichler

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Johann Mösenbichler serves as Professor of Conducting at the Anton Bruckner Private University of Music in Linz and, since 2006, is the principal conductor of the Bavarian State Police Wind Band. Prior to this appointment, he taught at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
    He studied conducting, piano, clarinet, and saxophone at Universities in Linz and Vienna. Since early in his career he has focused on his passion – the wind band and its literature.
    Performances, guest conducting invitations, master classes, and competition adjudication have brought him to Asia, the USA, and countries throughout the European Union.
    In 1997, Johann Mösenbichler served as executive director of the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra in Schladming, which led to the formation of the annual MID EUROPE festival. He subsequently played a key role in developing the festival and since 2000 serves as Artistic Director.
    Prof. Mösenbichler received the FAME-AWARD for “exceptional work and interpretation of contemporary music”. The Upper-Austrian Government honored him for his services and dedication with the title “Konsulent für Musikpflege”. In addition he is conductor of the Euregio-Blasorchester (EBO) in Germany, where he received the honorary title of
    “Euregio-Kultur-Botschafter.”
    In 2002 he received the “Midwest Clinic International Award”. Prof. Mösenbichler served as guest conductor of the Sinfonietta Da Camera in Salzburg, the Grazer Symphonic Orchestra, the South-Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic in Budweis and the Oberstorfer Summer Academy.
    In 2006 he conducted the Asia Symphony Orchestra as part of the opening concert of the new Asia Concert Hall in Shanghai. In addition to Shanghai he has conducted in numerous famous concert venues in Austria, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.
    Johann Mösenbichler serves as faculty at the Bundesakademie in Trossingen, Germany and since 2012 is in charge of the conducting track.
    In 2013 the Bavarian State Opera Munich hired him as artistic director for the project “Wagner vs Verdi”, and in 2014 he debuted as part of the concert “Fostering young artists” in Bayreuth, Germany.

  • Angelika Möser

    Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band 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.

  • Hermann Pallhuber

    Symphonic Band 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.

  • Jürgen Partaj

    Intendant, non-voting Chairman of the Juries

    Jürgen Partaj was born in Vienna into a family of music enthusiasts and so came into early contact with the Austrian choral scene. He studied violin with Eva Bru and attended master classes with Christian Altenburger and Ernst Kovacic. Initially he was active purely in the field of classical music in solo, chamber music and orchestral projects but his concert activity gradually shifted towards crossover. His musical career is complemented by performances with Oscar winner Glen Hansard, concerts as a guest musician in various international performing groups, several CD productions, broadcasts on international TV and radio stations as well as the musical direction at festivals and theatre productions, among others in the framework of the Wiener Festwochen. Besides his musical activities Jürgen Partaj graduated in law with a focus on arts law and founded a music agency in 2000 that specialized in international orchestral and choral tour management. Jürgen Partaj had the opportunity to work with outstanding musicians such as Elina Garanca, Annette Dasch, Julian Rachlin, Joe Zawinul, Rebekka Bakken, Al Jarreau, Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin and with choral conductors such as Erwin Ortner, Robert Page and Simon Carrington.

    Jürgen Partaj was founder and director of the contemporary music festival at Schloss Ebelsberg before he founded the ”Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival“ in 2007 together with the Association Via Musica – a festival for youth choirs and youth orchestras from all over the world. As intendant and artistic director, he annually creates over 200 music events in Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.

    With the establishment and the artistic direction of the youth choir „Neue Wiener Stimmen“ in 2010 Jürgen Partaj was able to make a lasting impression in his hometown. Despite its short existence the Neue Wiener Stimmen can already look back on tours in Austria and abroad, CD and DVD recordings, performances in the most important concert venues in Vienna and at the opening of the Life Ball. Performances of ”Fledermaus“ at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, a production at the Wiener Schauspielhaus and acclaimed projects with the RSO Vienna, the Max Steiner Orchestra and the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra round off the diverse activities of the Neue Wiener Stimmen.
    Jürgen Partaj was nominated for cultural manager of the year in the German-speaking countries in 2013. He is working with the Austrian Composers Society and is much sought after as a jury member of international music competitions.

  • Philipp Pointner

    Orchestra & Symphonic Band 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.

  • Leonardo Sagliocca

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Leonardo Sagliocca is an italian bass-baritone. He was born in Florence. After an audition with the world famous baritone Gino Bechi, he was encouraged by him to begin the Opera singing career and began singing studies. After that, Leonardo Sagliocca continued his formation in the University of Music of Florence, the "Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini" under the scottish soprano Kate Lafferty Gamberucci. He finalized his preparation with two great baritones like Rolando Panerai and Leo Nucci. In 1998, he won the international competition "William Walton - the actor-singer", sponsored by The Prince of Wales, Charles. During this Master Class he was invited for a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music of London. He performed as soloist in the seasons of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Ravenna Festival, Nuova Cappella di Palazzo, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Centro Busoni, Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica di Roma, Orchestra della Toscana, Estate Regina, South Bank Centre, Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin, Musiksommer Loisachtal. He performed with conductors such as Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Elisabetta Maschio, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Maria Sardelli, Giovan Battista Varoli, Carlomoreno Volpini. He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano and in countries like New Zealand, United States and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata). He cooperated as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the "Maggio Fiorentino Formazione", the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". He gave regularly masterclasses in China, Russia, South Korea, Poland. He recorded for Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis, Brilliant Classics. He is also invited as member of the Jury in important Festivals Saint Petersburg, Bratislava, Tallinn, Haarlem, Prague, Kaunas, Venice, Sopot, Daugavpils. In September 2016 he founded, together with Andrea Angelini, a new series of Music Festivals in Florence. The new Organization, named “Florence Choral” (www.florencechoral.com), produce every year four International Festivals for choirs and orchestras, dedicated and related to the most importants personalities of the Florentine Renaissance: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Lorenzo De' Medici and Andrea Del Verrocchio.

  • David Slater

    Choir & 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

    Choir & 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
    (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.

    www.saulzaks.com

  • Luc Anthonis
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Georg Mark
  • Johann Mösenbichler
  • Angelika Möser
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Leonardo Sagliocca
  • David Slater
  • Eduard Strauss
  • Saul Zaks