Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2018

In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for the year 2018. The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay. In the field of cultural education, the stay is primarily designed to foster exchanges and networking and not the realisation of a project. 

Franz Schubert and Modern Music

February 19-28, 2018

Application deadline: 5 October 2017

The 10th International Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” (FS&MM) wil take place from February 19-28, 2018 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) in the categories

Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)
Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello
String Quartet

The International Competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music is a chamber music competition, which was first given form by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in 1989 and has since been held at three-year intervals. The 10th edition of this competition will take place from February 19-28, 2018 and will again take up the challenge of giving you, as young musicians, the opportunity to assess your skills on your way from training to professional life while at the same time being confronted with the reality of a highly competitive profession.

Future-oriented and with the aim of preparing competitors for their professional future, we are looking for creative, imaginative and curious personalities, who are able to perform at the highest level and to reach and touch their listeners in many different ways through their ensemble playing in chamber music. For this endeavour, the Executive Committee of the competition will invite top-class and internationally renowned jury members who will take up the challenge of making these competition days become an important milestone in your career by giving you their undivided attention and qualified feedback. After all, our competition should not only produce worthy winners, but at the same time provide an important stimulus for the artistic development of all competitors. This includes, not least of all, a valuable exchange of experience with the other participants.

Our competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, representing selected and prestigious music competitions. The most characteristic element of the competition, which is held in the three categories String Quartet, Piano Trio and Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied), is its way of creating a link between well-known compositions and contemporary music. Another essential element is the fact that contemporary music is not seen as garnish, but as a challenge that demands serious work – a challenge for you to connect to TODAY. At the same time, we regard our competition as an opportunity for the audience to come into contact with a multitude of contemporary pieces “along the way”. Some of these compositions result from competitions for composition, which we organise with the specific aim of being an addition to this chamber music competition. A new element is the exciting challenge for all Duos for Voice and Piano to give a premiere performance of a song in the finale. A specially-commissioned composition by Isabel Mundry will be announced immediately after the semi-final and revealed to the finalists for rehearsal.

With this announcement we cordially invite you to take up the challenge of taking part in our competition. We are looking forward to meeting you in Graz and to experiencing you as musical personalities of the next generation.

Graz, November 2016

Elisabeth von Magnus

Vice Rector for Arts

creative and curious musical personalities, full of fantasy, who make music at the highest level and reach, touch and delight their audiences with their performances of chamber music.


• prize money totalling approximately € 100,000.-
• career consulting and supervision for first-place prize-winners
• top-class jurors
• professional and comprehensive feedback offering constructive input for your professional path
• the opportunity to listen to competitors
• valuable exchange of experience with musicians from all over the world
• Workshops in the fields of career planning, self-management and the music outreach

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5th International Béla Bartók piano competition, graz

November 14 – 19, 2017

Application deadline: 30 September 2017

From November 14  19, 2017 the Johann-Joseph-Fux Konservatorium in Graz will be hosting the 5th International Béla Bartók Piano Competition. 

The competition will be judged according to six different age categories. Participants must not be older than the age category in which they register. Therefore please keep in mind the deadline 1st of January 2017. The age group the participants register before the deadline determines the age category (AC) the candidates will perform in. Participants will be judged separately in each of the six age categories.

AC I (aged 7 – 9) - 10 Minutes
AC II (aged 10 – 12) - 12 Minutes
AC III (aged 13 – 15) - 16 Minutes
AC IV (aged 16 – 18) - 20 Minutes
AC V (aged 19 – 21) - 30 Minutes
AC VI (aged 22 – 25) - 40 Minutes

One composition by Béla Bartók and one composition from the Viennese Classic: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert must be played. The one composition from Béla Bartók and one composition from a Viennese Classic (1. & 2.) shall not exceed half of the allowed time period according to each age category.The second half of the participant’s performance may consist of one or more pieces oft he participant´s own choice (Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism, etc.) but must remain inside the allowed time period.

The competitors are welcome to perform, within their given time frame, works of Styrian composers. Additional special recognition and prizes will be offered to the best interpretation of these works, in each of the age groups. You may find compositions for all ages and levels under the following website under „Information/Aktuelles“, ready for downloading. Single movements are also welcome.

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International Language Testing (ISK)

Throughout the year ISK make learning a new language, no matter your level, available. From A1 (beginner) to C2 (master) there is something for everyone. The German courses are based on intensive training for a professional setting, and will enable you to become more inter-connected with politics, culture, law and medicine. Since 1948, summer classes (July and August) are also available. The basic model includes a small group setting from level A1 to C2. Additional models, such as private classes, host family living, excursions and language diploma courses, are also available. When signing up for a course, remember to clearly state that you have become aware of ISK through the Austrian Cultural Forum DC and get 20% off the basic model!

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Online Classical music academy vienna

Vienna Virtuoso is a new online conservatory for classical music. This new website already launched their Piano Lessons program and Audition Preparation program. Their vision is to provide the same high-quality music education in every part of the World that students in Vienna's best conservatories receive.  Vienna Virtuoso offers an innovative online video technique called "Focus Lessons" through our technology for about €13 per lesson.  This is combined with a groundbreaking contest system where the best learners advance to world famous virtuoso tutors every six months. All online.

To celebrate their launch they are offering a 50% discount on all gift certificates on piano and audition services for 50 days. That means that Certified Lessons from Vienna's Official Online Piano Academy will be offered for €6 per lesson for a limited time.

In addition, they built an online "Vienna Virtuoso Campus" that allows students from all around the world to rate each other's practices, share sheet music and transcriptions, and earn points to win prizes such as concert performances and free tutoring with our world-class Vienna tutors and special guest celebrities. It also is a tool for Music teachers to monitor their students' practices and make group lessons easier. This practice campus is FREE for everyone in the World as a Gift of Music Education from Vienna. This websites technology works in 100 languages and can be implemented on a country-by-country and language-specific basis depending on funding.

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ActiLingua Academy – THE German language school in Vienna!

This modern language school is situated in beautiful Vienna and is with more than 20 years of experience one of the leading schools for German as a foreign language. The varied course programme is recognized worldwide and recommended by international educational consultants.
ActiLingua Academy – the right choice for learning German in Vienna!

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Artist mobility - Guide for foreign artists

The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) has put together a guide for artists and organizers of cultural events that contains information about visas, residence permits and labor market law provisions in Austria.

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UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program promotes the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. The calls are open to creative writers, musicians and visual artists.

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IFK Akademie - International Research Center for Cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz

The International Research Center for cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz offers fellowships for excellent scholars in various fields.

For more information on the programs and current open calls, please visit                  

Grants and stipends for non-Austrians is the Austrian database for Scholarships and Research Grants.It contains information on application conditions, duration, quotas and benefits for each grant in German and English, including grants for international students, graduates and researchers in Austria, prizes and practical training courses all over the world and national grants and universities' individual grants. The website is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) and the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD).

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InterNations is the largest international online social network exclusively for people living and working abroad. As a network of trust, InterNations is a place where its members can interact with other internationally-minded individuals sharing the same situation abroad, similar interests, and needs. The local community in Washington, D.C. comprises more than 3000 members from about 150 different national backgrounds including a large German-speaking group. Regular events and get-togethers are hosted and organized by the Local Ambassadors, who are expats themselves and take special care of anyone new to Washington.

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Studying in Austria

It is an important choice to go to a foreign country and to study there. In order to help you with your decision and to give you access to important information, the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD) has compiled guides, leaflets and folders containing up-to-date information. The brochures provide the most important facts to help you get started with your studies in Austria and gives information on administrative procedures and requirements as well as practical information concerning accomodation and healthcare.

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World of the Habsburgs

Like no other dynasty, the Habsburgs determined the fate of Austria and the whole of Europe. The virtual exhibition "The World of the Habsburgs" is the product of an initiative by the Austrian federal government in 2007 and 2008 and was created by a team of historians of the University of vienna as a tool for communication and interaction. This online exhibtion comprises more than 1000 visual representations and keeps expanding. It serves as an introduction to the topic and can also be used as a tool for schoolchildren, students and scholars.

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This online encyclopedia about Austria includes over 40.000 texts and over 60.000 pictures about Austria. The homepage is devided in three parts: an alphabetic lexicon, a collection of specific Austrian terms and pictures and a community part. (German only)

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Ariadne Press - Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture and Thought

Ariadne Press is a publishing house that wants to spread the image of Austrian literature and its ideas to a wider audience and make it availabe to English-speaking readers. Ariadne Press specializes in translations of established and new authors as well as scholarly works.

For more information, please visit is a non-profit organization and serves as a contact point for the reception, research and preservation of Austrian composers, performers, musical scholars and thinkers who were persecuted or oppressed during the time of the Nazi regime.
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Goethe-Institut New York Library

The Library of the Goethe-Institut in New York is one of the few German-language lending libraries and comprises about 7000 volumes including books, audio material, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and magazines. The library is open to the public and in-house use of the materials is free of charge. Members also have the opportunity of long-distance loans.
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Austrian Department for Culture and Speech

News of the Austrian Department for Culture and Speech on teaching and learning German for children in schools all over the world.

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SOS Children´s Villages from 1949 to Present - Austrian Roots, Global Impact

The SOS Children's Villages organization was founded in 1949 by the Austrian child welfare worker Hermann Gmeiner and has helped provide a home, medical care and vocational training to over 1 million beneficiaries in 132 countries.
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