SCL 2018 News

Our next festival will take place: 2018, July 6th - 11th

 

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SCL-Award Ceremony and Farewell Reception – Relocation 2018

Due to renovation works at the Vienna City Hall this location will be closed during the festival 2018. Therefore we had to relocate the SCL award ceremony and farewell reception, which will take place at the Eventhotel instead. Participants of the festival 2018 will be guided and taken to the venue.

On the other hand the conductor kick-off will take place in the Vienna Mozarthaus and we hope it will inspire you for the festival.

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Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen assuming patronage of SCL Festival in 2018

Good News! We are happy to announce that the President of the Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, will be taking over the patronage of SCL Festival in 2018 again!

sclfestival Applications open until mid March

We have extended our application period until March 15th but only few slots remain open. Hurry up if you would like to join the festival.

sclfestival Early Bird discount registration for the SCL Festival 2018 will end October 31, 2017

Join already registered SCL ensembles for the 12th SCL Festival edition 2018  from Australia, Belgium/Netherlands, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain and Austria NOW!

More information about the application

Plan your experience of a lifetime - the SCL Festival team is looking forward to welcoming you!

  • 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



Former news:
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!!
Here the link: www.dropbox.com/sh/kxiz6eiw2lumdwe/...
(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
Federico Bardazzi

Federico Bardazzi

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Thomas Doss

Thomas Doss

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Ehrenfellner

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Margrethe Ek

Margrethe Ek

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea

Andy Icochea Icochea

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Eduard Kutrowatz

Eduard Kutrowatz

Workshop Lecturer
Georg Mark

Georg Mark

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Angelika Möser

Angelika Möser

Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury
Carolin Nordmeyer

Carolin Nordmeyer

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Hermann Pallhuber

Hermann Pallhuber

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Jürgen Partaj

Jürgen Partaj

(non-voting) Chairman of the Juries
Philipp Pointner

Philipp Pointner

Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Carol Riggs

Carol Riggs

Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Phillip Riggs

Phillip Riggs

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
  • Luc Anthonis
  • Federico Bardazzi
  • Thomas Doss
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Margrethe Ek
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Eduard Kutrowatz
  • Georg Mark
  • Angelika Möser
  • Carolin Nordmeyer
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Carol Riggs
  • Phillip Riggs
  • 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.

  • Federico Bardazzi

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Federico Bardazzi specialises in Early and Baroque Music, he is primarily active as a director in operatic repertoire, from its origins to Händel, Gluck, Mozart, Rossini and Puccini.

    Having trained as a cellist with Andrè Navarra in Siena and Paris, he studied chamber music with Piero Farulli and the Quartetto Borodin, composition with Carlo Prosperi e Roberto Becheri, Gregorian chant with Nino Albarosa and Johannes Berchmans Göschl, choral conducting with Roberto Gabbiani and Peter Phillips, orchestral conducting at the Accademia Chigiana with Myung-Whun Chung.

    He conducts the Ensemble San Felice, a vocal and instrumental group whose repertoire ranges from Medieval to contemporary music, with whom he has performed to great acclaim across the world such as a new version of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem, rare pages and masterpieces of seventeenth and eighteen century music, both in sacred and lyric repeortoire. Devoted for many years now to the Bachian repertoire, through the Ensemble he has conducted many times all of the great Kirchenmusik and all of the instrumental concerts.

    His research programmes in Medieval music have met with great success across Europe: within this frame he is currently curating La musica della Commedia, an important work on the music of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, which takes place through concerts, conferences and multimedia productions.

    Federico Bardazzi has been the Director of the Maggio Fiorentino Formazione’s courses from 2008 to 2014. In his role as training coordinator he has realised higher specialized training courses and projects funded by the European Social Fund. All his artistic and technical projects at the lyrical Theatre have been developed in collaboration with some of the main Tuscan musical institutions, such as Festival Pucciniano of Torre del Lago with which he is currently Director of the Agenzia Formativa. This experience leads to the creation of Opera Network, originally funded together with Carla Zanin, whose objective is to assist in the development of lyrical productions, in collaboration between institutions of different natures, with the aim of encouraging and assisting young artists in the early stages of their careers in developing their professional profile and career path. Some of the most successful projects were all conducted by Federico Bardazzi, moreover, the season 2018 will see Galuppi’s opera in collaboration with Landestheater of Salzburg and Festival Pucciniano. Being aware of the high potential that the East represents for both the Italian University as well as for the Artistic and Musical Higher Education system, he is the funder and leading member with Opera Network of an integrated project of cultural, linguistic and musical training for Chinese students.

    Federico Bardazzi is artistic director of In-canto gregoriano - Incontri Internazionali di Firenze, a project devoted to the philological study and musical interpretation of the early liturgical repertoire, and has been member of the senior committee of AISCGre (Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano) since 2015. He is also President & Artistic Director of the del Florence International Orchestra & Choir Festival, which, every year, brings together hundreds of musicians from all around the world, in a kermesse of high human and musical value. Is Artistic Director of Festival in canto armonico. He is Jury Member and President in many Festival and Competition Committees allover the world.

    His recordings (at the moment 20 Cds and 10 Dvds) – whose concerts have been transmitted by international broadcasting, which has devoted one special on his performances – ranges from the Medieval to the operatic repertoire, and sees him not only in his role of conductor, but also of baroque cellist, gamba and fiddle player, for record labels such as Brilliant, Tactus, and Bongiovanni, etc.

    Federico Bardazzi is Director of Conservatorio di Musica della Toscana and Professor of Chamber Music and Baroque Music at the State Conservatory Puccini of La Spezia and he is invited all around the world to lead Masterclasses.

  • Thomas Doss

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Doss was born 1966, in Linz, Austria, into a musical family (both parents were active orchestra-musicians). His undergraduate degree took place at the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz in music education, with an emphasis in trombone, composition, conducting, and piano. Subsequent studies took place in Salzburg, Vienna, Los Angeles, and Maastricht (Limburg).
    Doss debuted with the Wiener Kammerorchester in 1988. He held residencies with various opera houses and festivals, working as both conductor and composer with, among others, the Brucknerorchester Linz, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Wiener Kammersinfoniker, Westfälisches Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerchor, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, and the Österreichisches Ensemble für neue Musik.
    Doss is known for collaborating with artists from many different genres, such as Harri Stojka, Chris de Burgh, Thomas Gansch, John Williams, Steven Mead, Christian Maurer, as well as many others. His passion for wind and brass ensembles has taken his expertise and talent around the world. He has maintained a close relationship with the Mitropa/Hal Leonard publishing house since 2001 and has published numerous scores and CD’s with them.
    Teaching and coaching have also become an increasingly important part of Doss’ work. Many of his students are award-recipients at international competitions. He also leads workshops and masterclasses at institutes across Europe, such as the Konservatorium Groningen (Netherlands), Lemmensinstitut (Belgium), Konservatorium Gent (Belgium), Universität Mainz, Mannheim (Germany), Musikuniversität Wien, and Anton Bruckneruniversität Linz (Austria).
    Doss has been the coordinator for the „Ensembleleitung des oberösterreichischen Landesmusikschulwerk“ since 2006. He was professor for Ensemble-Conducting in Vienna Conservatory till 2012 and Professor for conducting at the Conservatorium Montiverdi in Bozano (I) till 2016.

    A majority of his work (print and audio) is available through Mitropa/Hal Leonard-Group. www.dehaske.com

    www.thomas-doss.com

  • Christoph Ehrenfellner

    Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Christoph Ehrenfellner is born in Salzburg 1975 and works as violinist, composer and conductor. He is 2016-2019 artist in residence at Theater Nordhausen/Germany, where he composed his 1st Symphony, his 1st Ballet, his 3rd Opera, where he conducts and performs. Ehrenfellner is composer in residence at the St.Gallen Festival 2018, a 4th Opera is commissioned by the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg for 2020. Residencies contained the Opera Festival Retz 2017, the Loisiarte Chamber Music Festival 2017, the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse/France 2012, Seiji Ozawa Academy/Geneva 2013, PalmKlang Festival/Salzburg 2015.

    Ehrenfellner is a regular guest-conductor at the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Krasnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, OSN Nancy, RSO Minsk. He was chief-conductor at the Sinfonietta Baden 2011-15 and assistant conductor at the Opéra National de Lorraine/Nancy 2010-2013. He is since 7 years jury member at the SCL Youth Orchestra Festival at Wiener Musikverein, and teaching the University Orchestra at the KUG University Graz. 2015-17 he was head of the youth orchestra and youth chamber music classes at the Allegro Vivo Festival in Austria.

    As a violinist Christoph performs in the season 2017 with the Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Krasnojarsk Symphony Orch. and the Mexico City Phil. 2016-18 he is doing a complete recording of Beethovens Violin Sonatas in Tokyo. He was guest-concertmaster at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and OENM Salzburg (Ensemble for Contemporary Music), since 2006 he is leading the Zuckmayer Ensemble Wien-Berlin and touring at Festivals worldwide.

    Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.

    Find more about Christoph Ehrenfellner at www.christophehrenfellner.at

  • Margrethe Ek

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Margrethe Ek from Norway started conducting at the age of 14. Ek studied music for eight years, including master in singing, an education in music performance and presentation, and a diploma in conducting from the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has written a book of the health benefits of singing in a choir (Cantando 2012). An article of choir and health benefits are to be published in the bulletin of international federation of choral music (IFCM april 2014).
    Ek currently works as Head of Music-Dance-Drama department and a professor at Kirkeparken videregående skole (upper secondary school) in Moss, 60 km south from Oslo. She has previously worked at the University of Oslo within the subjects of song and conducting for 11 years.
    Being a conductor filled with energy and dynamic presentations, she has conducted several ensembles at high levels within several genres – both choirs and instrumental ensembles (symphony orchestras and wind ensembles). Ek’s different ensembles have often been seen on national TV and radio, and they have participated in choir contests at international levels with great results. Margrethe Ek has been acknowledged as both a lecturer and a visiting conductor for both businesses and musical ensembles in Norway. She is often invited to be a judge in both national and international choir contests.
    Today Margrethe Ek is the conductor of Moss Ensemble Consensus, founded in 2010.

  • 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.

  • Eduard Kutrowatz

    Workshop Lecturer

    His versatility as a musician has always been of major importance to Eduard Kutrowatz. Thus he did not only study piano (with Renate Kramer-Preisenhammer at Vienna University of Music), but also the full range of percussion instruments, and, furthermore, he has devoted himself to choir music for many years. Masterclasses with Franz Rupp und Karl Ulrich Schnabel completed his artistic education. Since 1987 he teaches at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.
    For years now he is part of one of the internationally most successful piano duos (together with his brother Johannes), which makes him a welcomed guest at renowned International festivals and concert halls.
    His cooperation with singers and choirs as well as chamber music in various forms have always been an important challenge throughout Eduard Kutrowatz ́s career as a pianist.
    Among his partners are singers as Angelika Kirchschlager, Elisabeth Kulman, Ildiko Raimondi, Juliane Banse, Malin Hartelius, Adrian Eröd and Herbert Lippert, the "Wiener Kammerchor" and the "Chamber Choir Novosbirsk /Russia".
    He performed as soloist as well as conducter with orchestras like "Wiener Concert Verein" (Chamber orchestra of the "Vienna Symphonic Orchestra"), Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Kremerata Baltica Lockenhaus, Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Novosibirsk and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
    In recent years he has been more and more appearing as a composer.
    Eduard Kutrowatz is - together with his brother Johannes - artistic director of the International Franz Liszt Festival Raiding (Liszts birthplace) and the Festival Yamanakako in Japan.

    More information: www.eduardkutrowatz.com

  • 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.

  • 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. With March 2018 she has been appointed as member of the Board of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As a passionate choir singer she is member of the Wiener Singverein since more than 25 years.

  • Carolin Nordmeyer

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Carolin Nordmeyer was born in 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Having grown up „under the grand piano“, she became interested in scores and developed an eye for the big picture alongside playing piano, violin, viola and french horn.
    After graduating from high school, she began studying french horn in Detmold (Germany), followed by conducting studies with a major in piano, although her focus clearly shifted towards conducting. Her contact with various conductors during her academic year as a scholarship holder at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris gave her important inspiration.
    Carolin Nordmeyer was appointed conductor and répétiteur at the Theater Bielefeld whilst still a student. She built up a broad repertoire and, in addition to her own opera productions such as Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" or Scarlatti's "Griselda", she conducted performances of Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera", Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims", Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", Weber's "Freischütz", Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" or Lehár's "Lustige Witwe". In addition, she regularly planned and conducted youth and family concerts.
    From 2009-2017 Carolin Nordmeyer was engaged as second Kapellmeister and assistant of the general music director at the Theater Augsburg. Carolin Nordmeyer conducted the premieres of Verdi's "La Traviata", Mozart's "La Finta giardiniera", Chabrier's "„Etoile" and the ballet productions "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella", the gala concerts on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (2011/12), as well as various youth and family concerts. She expanded her conducting repertoire with numerous revivals, including Berg’s "Lulu", Verdi's "Aida" and "Il Trovatore", Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer" and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Die Zauberflöte".
    Carolin Nordmeyer is a lecturer in Opera Studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory Augsburg.
    In November 2006, Carolin Nordmeyer was accepted as a scholar into Deutsche Bank’s "Akademie Musiktheater heute" Scholarship Program.
    In addition to her professional activities, Carolin Nordmeyer has a great passion for music education and musical work with amateurs and young people. Carolin Nordmeyer is designated chief conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendsinfonieorchester. Since 2013 she is chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Munich. She has also conducted projects and performances with the Saarland Youth Orchestra, the Young Orchestra Academy of the Moselle Music Festival, the Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz, the Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, of which she was chief conductor from 2004 to 2011, and the Freie Sinfonie Orchester Bielefeld founded by her in 2003.

  • Hermann Pallhuber

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Prof. Hermann Pallhuber erhielt seine musikalische Ausbildung zunächst an den Konservatorien in Innsbruck und Wien (Klavier, Posaune, Ensembleleitung) und studierte dann an der Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg und Innsbruck Musikpädagogik (Musikerziehung) mit den Schwerpunkten in Ensemble- und Chorleitung, Posaune und Klavier. An der Universität Innsbruck absolvierte er zudem das Studium der Klassischen Philologie (Latein). Nach Unterrichts- und Dirigiertätigkeiten von 1994 bis 2004 an Gymnasien, Musikschulen, an der Pädagogischen Hochschule in Tirol und an der Universität Innsbruck setzte er seine Kompositions- und Dirigierstudien an den Musikhochschulen in Zürich und Augsburg fort, wo er im Fach „Dirigieren - Blasorchesterleitung & Instrumentation“ mit dem künstlerischen Diplom der Musikhochschule Nürnberg-Augsburg abschloss.
    Viele Jahre lang war Hermann Pallhuber künstlerischer Leiter professioneller und semiprofessioneller Bläserensembles und Blasorchester (Wind Music Project der Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Three Lions Brass Band Stuttgart, Brass Band Tirol, Sinfonisches Blasorchester Innsbruck-Land, Tiroler Bläserphilharmonie, Symphonic Winds Tyrol u.a.), mit denen er in einer regen Konzerttätigkeit vielbeachtete Erfolge erzielen konnte. Darüber hinaus gestaltete und moderierte er von 2001 bis 2016 Fachsendungen für Blasmusik im Österreichischen Rundfunk (ORF). Hermann Pallhuber ist international als Gastdirigent, Juror, Komponist und Dozent für Blasorchester tätig. Seine Kompositionen erscheinen im Verlag Faber Music London und Beriato (De Haske / Hal Leonard).
    Seit 2009 lehrt Hermann Pallhuber in Deutschland zunächst an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, wo er 2013 zum Honorarprofessor für Blasorchesterleitung ernannt wurde.
    Seit 2011 führt er zusätzlich zu seiner Lehrtätigkeit in Deutschland eine Klasse in Blasorchesterleitung am Tiroler Landeskonservatorium.
    Im Oktober 2016 folgt Hermann Pallhuber dem Ruf auf die Professur für Dirigieren und Leitung von Blasorchestern an die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim.

  • Jürgen Partaj

    (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 and music 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 till 2017, he annually created 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, at the opening of the Life Ball and at the Wiener Volkstheater. Performances of ”Fledermaus“ at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, productions at the Wiener Schauspielhaus and the Theater an der Wien and acclaimed projects with the RSO Vienna, the Max Steiner Orchestra, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra round off the diverse activities of the choir. Neue Wiener Stimmen was elected as “Choir of the Year 2016” by the Chorforum Wien.
    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, is much sought after as a jury member of international music competitions and is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • 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.

  • Carol Riggs

    Choir Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Carol Riggs received her Bachelor of Music from UNC Chapel Hill and her Master of Music from UNC-Greensboro.  She was inducted into the North Carolina Choral Directors “Hall-of-fame” in 2016. Singers under Carol’s direction, have performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, and at Riverside Church in New York City, and internationally in Paris, London, and Amsterdam.  They have also performed in national festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Virginia Beach. Mrs. Riggs retired after teaching for 30 years in North Carolina. Her choirs consistently received superior ratings at NC Large and Small Choral Festivals.
    She has been chosen as Teacher-of-the-Year three times during her career. Mrs. Riggs served as a board-member of the High School Choral Section of the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) for 20 years. She served as coordinator of the North Carolina All-State Honors Choir for 14 years. Carol currently works with the American Choral Directors Associaiton (ACDA) to facilitate national and regional conferences throughout the United States. She continues to teach private voice lessons and is active as a clinician and adjudicator.
    During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Carol and her husband, Phillip taught music at the Entel Foreign Language School in Hangzhou, China.

  • Phillip Riggs

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Phillip Riggs, winner of the 2016 Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award, is currently a music instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Durham, NC. Phillip is a recipient of the Exceptional Contribution in Outreach Award presented each year by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for his work with music education programs throughout North Carolina. Prior to joining the NCSSM faculty, he was the first band director and fine arts chair at Ronald Reagan High School. Mr. Riggs was the first faculty member selected to the Reagan High School Hall of Fame, (Fall, 2015).
    During his thirty-year career, Mr. Riggs has served in several leadership positions. He was the coordinator of the National Association for Music Educators, (NAfME) National Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2011, 2012). He currently serves as the Southern Division Representative on the NAfME Council for Band and as the North Carolina Chair of the National Band Association. He was President of the North Carolina Band Directors Association (2006-2008). He also served as chair of the North Carolina High School All-State Band (8 years), chair of the NCMEA Technology Committee and founding chair of the NCMEA New Teacher/Mentor Committee. Phillip is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Austria, and China.  His professional affiliations include; National Association for Music Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, National Band Association, and in 2005 he was voted into the American School Band Directors Association.

  • Saul Zaks

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, 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.
    From February 2018 Saul Zaks has been appointed as the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Music Students Choir at the University of Aarhus

    www.saulzaks.com

  • Luc Anthonis
  • Federico Bardazzi
  • Thomas Doss
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Margrethe Ek
  • Andy Icochea Icochea
  • Eduard Kutrowatz
  • Georg Mark
  • Angelika Möser
  • Carolin Nordmeyer
  • Hermann Pallhuber
  • Jürgen Partaj
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Carol Riggs
  • Phillip Riggs
  • Saul Zaks