The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation’s international projects are an important pillar of its work, helping to foster an understanding of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart as man and artist through cooperative ventures that extend beyond national frontiers. On the basis of long-standing partnerships with other institutions all over the world the Mozarteum Foundation is committed to its work not only with young people but also in Cuba and Columbia. It also works closely with international festivals and sponsors and has at its disposition a network of around eighty Mozart Societies worldwide.
The constructive exchange of ideas with our partners and the deeper engagement with Mozart’s music in different cultural landscapes not only enriches the Mozarteum Foundation in significant ways but offers all concerned an opportunity to experience Mozart authentically and at first hand not only in Salzburg but all over the world.
What commenced with the handover of a Mozart bust back in 2007 has now become an exciting music promotion project like no other: The initiative and many years of support from the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation have made it possible to set important impulses for improving orchestra training in Cuba since 2007. The Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana was founded in Havana in 2009 in collaboration with the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the “Instituto Superior de Arte” (ISA) – one of the most important institutions in Cuba for musical training – and the office of the “Historiador de La Habana”, renowned worldwide for the preservation and restoration of Old Havana. It is the spiritual home for training and shaping the Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana (“Havana Lyceum Orchestra”), which emerged from the Cuban Youth Orchestra and which plays concerts on international stages. Moreover, the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana offers advanced training and experiences in all matters of classic European and contemporary Cuban music. This project has been receiving funding from the European Union from 2012 to 2015.
After the orchestra’s European debut for the Mozart Week 2015, the first Mozart Festival took place in October in Old Havana. Since then, the Festival Mozart-Habana has been an integral part of the cultural life of Havana every year with the participation of European and Cuban artists. The culmination of this intensive commitment was the scenic performance of “La clemenza di Tito” at the Mozart Festival 2019 (premiere was on Oct. 25, 2019 in the Gran Teatro de La Habana), which was largely supported and artistically accompanied by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. This production will travel further to the USA in February 2020 and will be shown in Washington at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Music knows no borders. Music shapes the future! This is the motto of the Colombian Project that the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has been supporting since 2016 in association with the HILTI Foundation and that has already been making waves – and not just in the world of music.
The Academia Filarmónica Iberoamericana (Iberacademy) is an institution based in Medellín in Colombia that is on its way to becoming the leading centre in Latin America for training young musicians and furthering their education. The Academy’s musical ambassador is the Iberacademy Orchestra, which brings together some of the most outstanding young musicians from a number of countries in Latin America and which is now undertaking its first tour of Europe, in that way building an important cultural bridge between Latin America and Europe.
This crucible of Latin American talent was summoned into existence by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín in Colombia in 2011. It enables highly gifted musicians to work their way up to the very highest musical level. It was once limited to Colombia itself but since 2015 the Academia Filarmónica Iberoamericana has become a supra-regional initiative. Musical training on the highest level, networking and supreme competence are the maxims that allow the Academy to open doors to the world of classical music for the most talented musicians from Latin America, most of whom are from modest social backgrounds. In addition to scholarships enabling the students to go on to study music at university, not to mention manifold orchestral projects and masterclasses with distinguished orchestral musicians and soloists, the Academy also provides information on ways in which these young and exceptional musicians can contribute to social change in their societies with the help of their musical abilities.
The international programme for the education of young talents of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was integrated into the Mozart Week 2020. With the aim to procure excellence in music and culture, together with our Partner in Education Hilti Foundation, a group of wind and brass musicians of the Academia Filarmónica Iberoamericana has been invited to join and enhance the Mozart Week 2020. These fifteen students had the unique opportunity to receive Masterclasses in their instruments with artists of the Mozart Week and lecturers of the University Mozarteum and to attend the rehearsals and concerts of their lecturers and several orchestras. Moreover, they contributed to the Mozart Week programme by supporting several events with their own repertoire, such as Mozart’s birthday with divertimenti in Mozart’s birthplace, the Alfons Schubeck dinner in the St. Peter’s Stiftskulinarium, “Mozart and his friends” with two clarinets or the working session of the Mozart Communities with a Quintet.
The Iberacademy will hold the second edition of its “Mozart Festival & Academy” in Medellín at the end of September 2020, which will again be attended by musicians from Salzburg, who will offer master classes and individual tuition in addition to concert performances.
We wish the students of the Iberacademy a successful musical future and look forward to the next students visit in Salzburg.
Original Mozart treasures from the collections of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation were exhibited in Tokyo in May 2017. Enthusiastically received, the exhibition was held in the head office of Dai-ichi Life, one of the Foundation’s long-term partners, and was devoted to Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and his elder sister Nannerl. Among the priceless exhibits were original letters and musical manuscripts, the small but choice exhibition being designed to trace the relationship between the siblings. The exhibition was conceived by Gabriele Ramsauer, who runs the Mozart Museums, together with Armin Brinzing, who is in charge of the Bibliotheca Mozartiana.
The miniature violin that Mozart played as a child and the concert violin that he used in Salzburg were also on display. They could be heard at three performances each day. The child’s violin was played by the twelve-year-old Japanese violinist Yuki Ezaki, while the concert violin was played by Frank Stadler, the concertmaster of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. Both violinists were accompanied by the Japanese pianist Jun Kanno. The visit culminated in a brilliant concert in a sold-out Kawasaki Symphony Hall. Together, the exhibition and the concerts attracted a total audience of around 12,000 enthusiastic visitors.
International attention for the Mozarteum Foundation’s cultural ambassadors during the visit to China by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen
When Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen travelled to China in July 2018, it was the most significant state visit in Austria’s history to date. The involvement of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation in this visit was a complete success. The Foundation’s cultural contribution was acknowledged by the international media, serving as a unique visiting card not only for Austria as a cultural nation but also for the town and region of Salzburg.
The original violin that Mozart used as a child was played with sovereign authority by the seven-year-old Anna Cäcilia Pföß at the state banquet in Beijing that was held in honour of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Accompanied at the piano by the Foundation’s president, Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, Anna Cäcilia Pföß played works by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, including two minuets from his early Sonata K 7. They also performed a typical Austrian folk tune and, for their hosts, a Chinese folksong. In this way the Mozarteum Foundation, as one of our country’s cultural ambassadors, was able to lend a very special musical note to this important Austrian foreign mission, at the same time allowing Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen to offer his hosts an altogether exceptional gift. “We are particularly grateful to our little musician Anna Cäcilia, who is a talented, natural artist with steady nerves. As such she has the right qualities to capture the hearts of her listeners,” Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, the president of the Mozarteum Foundation, summed up the occasion, before adding: “We are delighted that our Beijing performance with the violin that Mozart used as a child received such an enormously positive response in the international press. It was reported by the media not only in Europe but also in South Africa and India and as far afield as Australia.”
As one of Austria’s cultural ambassadors, the Mozart Foundation was able forge and consolidate a number of important contacts in China. In concrete terms, we were able to take the first steps towards mounting a large-scale exhibition on the life and work of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. The fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of political relations between Austria and China will be celebrated in 2021.
One of the Mozarteum Foundation’s most valuable treasures, Mozart’s Costa violin, was displayed at the LvivMozArt Festival, one of the most important classical music festivals inspired by Franz Xaver Mozart in Eastern Europe, in Lviv (Ukraine) from 20 to 22 July. In addition, festival visitors had the opportunity to admire the instrument’s sound at a concert. Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, president of the Mozarteum Foundation, Gabriele Ramsauer, director of the Mozart museums, and Anja Morgenstern, research assistant at the Mozarteum Foundation who also gave a lecture entitled “Franz Xaver and his publishers”, accompanied the original Mozart instrument to Lviv. Frank Stadler, concert master of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, honoured the festival by playing the Costa violin in the festival’s closing concert at the Lviv National Opera. The programme included the violin concerto in A major K. 219 by Mozart and the one in E minor op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy played by the “INSO-Lviv” symphony orchestra under festival founder and director Oksana Lyniv.
The young LvivMozArt Festival draws its inspiration from Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, who was born in Vienna on 26 July 1791, only a few months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As a child, Franz Xaver already received extensive musical training in Prague and Vienna from such renowned teachers as Antonio Salieri, Sigismund Neukomm and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. At the age of 17 he took a position as a private piano teacher in Galicia and lived in Lviv from 1808 until 1838 – with the exception of the period from 1818 to 1821, during which he was on a concert tour.