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Exilarte Prize awarded for the 4th time at the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020 in Schwerin, Germany

For the 4th time the Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna awarded the Exilarte prize in the final round of the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020, which was founded in 2001 in Schwerin, Germany. Inga Balzer (soprano) and Wolf Tilman (piano) convinced the jury with their interpretation of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s song cycle Unvergänglichkeit. As part of this special prize, the duo will be invited to give a concert within the Exilarte concert series “Echo of the Unheard” in Vienna in the coming season.

Dr. Ulrike Anton, member of the jury at the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020 in Schwerin, presents the Exilarte prize to soprano Inga Balzer and pianist Tilman Wolf. October 11th, 2020 (Foto: Oliver Borchert)

Exhibition opening (October 20th, 2020) from Vienna and New York now on Youtube

“My Song For You”: Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura – Between Two Worlds

Exhibition of the Center of the mdw –
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna


Simultaneous event and Livestream from the Liszt Hall of the mdw in Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York now available on Youtube

On the occasion of the transfer of the estate of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura to the Center of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), an exhibition has been prepared to present the life of the opera dream couple and their friends and colleagues.

Special Guests:
Ulrike Sych (President of the mdw) and Wolfgang Sobotka (President of the Austrian Parliament)
World-famous tenor Ramón Vargas and Pianist István Bonyhádi

The opening will also be available on mdw Mediathek from November 9th, 2020.

“In Exile” – in cooperation with the 8th Vareš Classic Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina

3 concerts live on youtube

Livestream from the Liszt Hall, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

This project is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo. Due to the current Covid-19 situation performances will partly take place online.

On September 28th, September 30th and October 4th, 2020, the WISE Soloists Ensemble & friends will present, among others, works by Julius Bürger, Hans Gál, Wilhelm Grosz and Vally Weigl, who were all forced to flee from the terror of the NS-regime. The performances are part of the 8th Vareš Classic Festival.

The three concerts will be moderated by Gerold Gruber, chairman and founder of, and Andrea Nikolić, director of the Vareš Classic Festival.

Monday, 28.09.2020, 7 PM
“A Song in EXILE”


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adelaide, op. 46
Ich liebe dich, WoO 123

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Emil Cossetto (1918-2006): Cancion Sefardita de Bosnia “Los Moricos Cantan”

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Wilhelm Grosz (1894-1939): A Song in Exile

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987) : Abend auf dem Fluß, op. 33, Nr. 5

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Julius Bürger (1897 – 1995): String Quartet Nr.2

Andrea Nikolić (violin), Edua Zadory (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Wednesday, 30.09.2020, 7 PM
“Paradiso in EXILE“


Meinhard Rüdenauer (*1943): Concerto al Paradiso (2019)

Nataša Veljković (piano), Ivana Nikolić (oboe), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Gabriele Proy (*1965): Amethyst for Solo Violin

Edua Zadory (violin)

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987)
Concertino for Flute und String Quartet, op. 82

Ulrike Anton (flute), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Edua Zadory (violin), Marta Potulska (viola),
Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Sunday, 04.10.2020, 7 PM
“Women in EXILE“

Vally Weigl (1894 – 1982) : Bird of Life for Solo Flute
VI. Bird’s Farewell to the Setting Sun

Ulrike Anton (flute)

Thea Musgrave (*1928)
Night Windows for Oboe and Piano

Ivana Nikolić (oboe), Stipe Bilić (piano)

Lera Auerbach (*1973): T’filah for Solo Violin

Andrea Nikolić (Violine)

Johanna Doderer (*1969): Rosa lacrimosa

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Gabriele Proy (*1965) : Alchemilla vulgaris
In memoriam Johanna Dohnal

Ulrike Anton (flute), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

BR radio show: Hans Winterberg – In search of a forgotten composer

Gerold Gruber, Ulrike Anton and Michael Haas are guests of Andreas Pehl from the Bayerischer Rundfunk and talk about the extraordinary life cycle and the works of the composer Hans Winterberg, persecuted by the National Socialists.

Bavarian Radio Classical, Friday, October 11, 2019, 19:05 – 20 clock A replay of the program will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 2:05 pm.

The program can be heard via the live stream of Bayerischer Rundfunk and is also available via the media library or podcast service of the BR.

Symposium „Jewish Music in South Germany – History, Exile, Continuance“ in Munich

The international Symposium „Jewish Music in South Germany – History, Exile, Continuance“ initiated by Tina Frühauf, took place at Munich’s University for Music and Performing Arts on July 11th and 12th 2019. It presented a wide spectrum of creativity current in Southern Germany prior to 1933, and included papers on both secular and liturgical works. was represented by DDr. Prof. Gerold Gruber and Dr. Ulrike Anton both giving their papers on life and work of Hans Winterberg and Dr. Michael Haas, who spoke on the Kulturbund and New Zealand exile-composer Robert Fuchs. Documentation on Hans Winterberg as well as the estate of Robert Fuchs make up part of the archive of the Center.  

Film Screening “WALTER ARLEN’S FIRST CENTURY” at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

WALTER ARLEN’S FIRST CENTURY, a documentary by Vienna-based filmmaker Stephanus Domanig, paints an affectionate and multifaceted picture of a musician exiled in 1938, who only got to see his works performed late in life.

The film accompanies Walter Arlen for a part of his journey. With ease it paints the portrait of a remarkable man, a man who went through years of darkness but never lost sight of the “blue light of the last streetcar”.

Following the 90-minute screening of the film, there was a Q&A with’s founding Director Gerold Gruber and filmmaker Stephanus Domanig.
Jeannie Im (soprano) and Dan Franklin Smith (piano) presented examples of Arlen’s musical oeuvre including “Five Songs of Love and Yearning.”

Please read the articles on this wonderful evening on Broadway World and Musical America.

Tribute to Andrè Singer

Das Trio Artio: Drei junge Frauen in schwarzen Kleidern mit Musikinstrumenten

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York 
Trio Artio, Gerold Gruber im Gespräch mit Susanne Korbel und dem Zeitzeugen George Wolff

André Singer wurde in Serbien geboren und studierte an der mdw. In der Zwischenkriegszeit konnte er sich als Komponist, Pianist und Texter einen Namen im Bereich des Wiener Kabaretts machen (Literatur am Naschmarkt). 1938 musste er in die USA fliehen und arbeitete als Kompositionslehrer an einem amerikanischen College. George Wolff, ein Freund von André Singer, wird über sein Leben und sein Werk aus seiner Sicht berichten. 

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