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Stars of tomorrow at the best music university

When it comes to music and performing arts, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna is an international leader, as proved by the QS World University Rankings for 2019. Together with the Juilliard School for Dance, Drama and Music in New York City, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna landed in first place. Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, explains the top placing: "This year, no university in the field of music and the performing arts can claim to have a greater reputation among academic staff in this field than the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna."

No wonder, because passion and perfection are at home at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna – guaranteeing the artistic excellence for which this world-famous institution stands. As a city of music, Vienna has its hotspot here, where musical talents from around the world are trained to perfection. Those who pass the entrance examination here have already spent 10,000 intensive hours with their instrument and have an extraordinary ability. This is refined to the highest level with the support of the best teachers. Quite a few of them are the very best in the world. Graduates and former students include Alfred Brendel, Friedrich Gulda, Angelika Kirchschlager, Elisabeth Kulman, Gustav Mahler, Zubin Mehta, Birgit Minichmayr, Heinrich Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida.

Interesting fact: The mdw and its 1,300 events each year is one of the biggest organizers of cultural events; moreover, the stars of tomorrow can be heard for a discount or even free of charge. – A tip for music lovers who value the unusual.

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The Center for persecuted music belongs to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. It is located in the best musical company: in the same building as the Akademietheater, between the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Arnold Schönberg Center. It is dedicated to the reception, research, preservation and presentation of works by Austrian composers, performers, and music researchers who were deemed 'degenerate' by the Third Reich.

Thomas Angyan, for 32 years the director of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, summarizes it perfectly:

"The association lets silenced voices speak again and brings the violently muted back to our ears – and thus also to our hearts."

The permanent exhibition "Wenn ich komponiere, bin ich wieder in Wien” (I return to Vienna when I compose) focuses on the moving fates of over 50 people, including Alma Rose (she conducted the "Girls' Orchestra" in the Auschwitz concentration camp), Walter Arlen (music critic of the LA Times, composer) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (who had a major influence on Hollywood film music).

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien
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