Nikolaus Harnoncourt Summer School - inscription open until May 5th!

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Summer School - inscription open until May 5th!
The Nikolaus Harnoncourt Zentrum at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz is organizing the Nikolaus Harnoncourt Summer School for the first time in summer 2024. "Sounds are higher words" at his place of residence in St. Georgen im Attergau in Upper Austria, in the immediate vicinity of the Attersee lake. It is aimed at young musicians who have already studied at colleges, conservatories or art universities. 

Nikolaus Harnoncourt has held many courses and seminars in Bremen and the Netherlands on historical performance practice and was Professor of Performance Practice at the Mozarteum Salzburg from 1973 to 1991. His books are based on this teaching material and are still used today as basic knowledge for the practical training of musicians worldwide. 

We offer an intensive workshop week in German or English language. The instructors are leading members of the Concentus musicus Wien, who introduce the workshop participants to the rhetoric of musical speech, convey content and introduce them to the "languages of music" - an indispensable tool for the repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods (up to around 1850). Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt did not invent Klangrede, but rediscovered it in the 20th century using historical sources and descriptions. 

The work with musicians of the Concentus musicus enables course participants to learn these skills at first hand. 
Information and dates 
July 15-20, 2024 
St. Georgen im Attergau, Austria, music school 

The Summer School is aimed at chamber music ensembles between 2 and 8 performers with vocal and instrumental music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods (up to around 1850). 

All instruments, modern and historical, as well as singers are welcome. However, you should form an ensemble in advance. 

Who are the teachers? 
Erich Höbarth, Andrea Bischof, Stefan Gottfried, Milan Turkovic
What is included: 

- Daily lessons. All ensembles work with each teacher 
- Two hours of practice time per day 
- Introductory lecture by Stefan Gottfried "Speaking with sounds - the idea of musical sound speech" 
- Teaching materials by Nikolaus Harnoncourt 
- Insights into his scores 
- Visit to the exhibition about Nikolaus Harnoncourt 

At the end of the Summer School there will be a workshop chamber concert of all participants on July 20, 2024, 4 p.m. with the presentation of the results and insights into the workshop. 

Documents required for registration: 

- For the application, a video with a piece of your choice (best possible representation of your own abilities, no compulsory repertoire, at least 5 minutes) must be submitted. 
- A brief introduction of the ensemble - new formations are also welcome - plus a short biography of the individual members 
- Short letter of motivation and your thoughts on the question: Why should we play music from past centuries again and again? 
- Please formulate your desired repertoire. 

Application deadline and participation fee 

Please send your documents by May 5th, 2024 at the latest to 
We ask for your understanding that late registration is not possible. 

The course fee is € 380 / person and must be transferred by June 15, 2024. Accommodation is not included. 

Please note: Application does not mean automatic acceptance! 

Lecturers decide on active admission on the basis of the registration documents. However, the Master classes only take place with a minimum number of participants. Participants will be notified by June 1st. Please wait until you have received confirmation before booking travel.

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