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Master Classes for PIANO

solo & existing ensembles

06.09.2020 - 12.09.2020


Sven Birch Sven Birch was born in Denmark. He received his pianistic education in Aarhus, where he obtained the soloist diploma. Several scholarships enabled him to study in Vienna with Prof. Alexander Jenner. Masterclasses with distinguished pianists Tatjana Nicolajewa, Conrad Hansen, John Lill, Leonid Brumberg, Peter Feuchtwanger. Birch is a much asked for musician with a broad repertoire from Bach to contemporary music. He is a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and conductor.  Concert tours took him to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Wales, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Iran, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, India and Japan. Birch is a member of the `George Crumb Trio´ Linz, and the flute and piano duo Georgiadis/Birch. Sven Birch is teaching piano at the Anton Bruckner University of Music and is head of the keyboard Institute. He has also taught in the Royal Conservatory Copenhagen and Mozarteum Salzburg. He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses and has made several CD-, TV-and Radio recordings (BBC, NDR, WDR, DR, NRK, SR, ORF) Piano

Christiane Karajeva Since her debut as a soloist at the age of 10 the Viennese-born pianist is deeply rooted in the international music scene as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as a teacher. She graduated with distinction at the Viennese Musikhochschule and at the Tchaikovsky-conservatory in Moscow. Among her most famous teachers are Richard Hauser, Dieter Weber, Lev Naumov and Wilhelm Kempff. At the age of 17 she convinced at the International Beethoven-competition as the youngest award-winner ever. She appeared in the most important Viennese concert halls mainly as a soloist, and she toured Central Europe, Canada, Mexico and in the Middle-East. Her deep experience in chamber music started with her activity as pianist of the Beethoven Trio Wien. This ensemble was a leading group at the international level and appeared successfully until 1999 in Europe, Japan and in the USA. Numerous CDs were recorded under the label "Camerata". Besides concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician she appears in the actual music scene with literature- and dance projects (such as the "Well-tempered piano" with the Raulino Danse Group). Since more than 25 years Christiane Karajeva teaches at the Viennese Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Since 2000 she is a professor at the Department of Music Education. Her teaching activities emphasize the economy of piano-playing and the "philosophy of the simplicity". She regularly directs master classes in Finland, Japan and Korea. The "Erasmus" teaching programme recently took her to Vilnius/Lithuania and to Lisbon. Piano

Georg Steinschaden Georg Steinschaden is Professor for Piano and Director of the  "Pre-College Salzburg" at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum". He is the President of the the Austrian Master Classesand teaches also at the Musikum Salzburg. He was chairman of the executive board of the youth competition "Prima la Musica" in Salzburg for seven years and a member of the management board "Prima la Musica" Austria. His innumerable concerts with the "Steinschaden Trio Salzburg" have taken him to many countries in and outside of Europe (Italy, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, USA e.g. in CARNEGIE HALL in New York, and Mexico just to name a few). He has recorded many CDs and his work has been broadcasted on both radio and television ORF and ARD in Austria, on Japanese television he has appeared with ensembles such as the Eichendorff Quintet Vienna (members of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Amati Quartet Verona, and the Augsburg String Quartet, also with soloists like the famous Mezzo Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. For the past twenty years Georg Steinschaden has also been busy with cultural management. He completed his studies in Piano and Pedagogics at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum" in Salzburg with P.Lang, N.Shetler and A.Kontarski, and has won first prize on many occasions in the "Jugend musiziert" competitions. Piano

Christian Tarla Christian Tarla studied organ and piano at the Schola Cantorum and at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. One of the most decisive encounters of his life, however, was the one with the Russian pianist and pedagogue Alexander Satz, with whom he studied for many years at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. Concert activity as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. He devotes himself however mainly his teaching activities especially with talented and motivated young musicians: He teaches at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory of Styria in Graz and holds master classes in France, Brazil, Taiwan, Slovenia ... juror in national and international piano and chamber music competitions . Several of his students have even won prizes at national and international competitions. Senior Lecturer in didactics and methodology of keyboard instruments and specific teaching of piano at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, where he also teaches teaching practice. Piano

Anton Voigt Anton Voigt studied at Innsbruck Conservatoire as well as Universities of Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna. Next to his major tutor Margot Pinter (former student of Eduard Steuermann, Emil von Sauer, Carl Steiner, and Alfred Cortot) he was guided into his career by Yvonne Lefebure and Wilhelm Kempff. Since 1972 Voigt has been active as both piano soloist and chamber musician throughout many European countries. His repertoire consists of the major piano works from 18th to 20th century, and by giving first performances he has helped many a piece onto the stage. Since 1976 he holds a professorship at Anton Bruckner University, where in the past he also served in diverse positions. After retiring from Bruckner University, Voigt still is active as soloist, holds master classes, and acts as adjudicator at both national and international piano competitions. He also is president of EPTA Austria and represents Austrian piano pedagogy at conferences throughout the world. Major issues are in analysis and solution to pianistic problems and in application of posture and movement techniques to piano playing. Piano

Clemens Zeilinger Clemens Zeilinger teaches piano at both the University for Music in Vienna and the Anton Bruckner University for Music in Linz. He was appointed “Artist of the Year” by the Austrian Radio on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. The years 2008 and 2010 brought two highly acclaimed piano recital cycles, one of which comprised all Beethoven piano sonatas, the other being devoted to works by Franz Schubert. For the next two years Zeilinger has been awarded the title of “Artist in Residence” at the “Brucknerhaus” concert center in Linz.Clemens Zeilinger was born in Vienna. He began his studies at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and later continued at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Among his teachers were Roland Keller, Peter Barcaba, Heinz Medjimorec, Georg Ebert (Chamber Music) and Anton Voigt . He furthermore attended master classes with Leonoard Hokanson, Oleg Maisenberg, L. Hoffmann and A. Jasinski. His musical education was rounded off by studies of music theory with Gunther Waldek as well as a course on “Integrative Breathing, Voice and Movement Education” with Dr. Bernhard Riebl. Clemens Zeilinger holds prizes of several competitions: Winner of the Austrian Youth Music Competition “Jugend musiziert”, Winner of the European Youth Music Competition in Antwerp and Laureate of both the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and the European Chamber Music Competition at The Hague. He was awarded the “Bösendorfer Scolarship” on several occasions. His concert tours have included all of Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Iran and Oman. He has been soloist with many renowned orchestras, such as the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Royal Academy Orchestra in London, the Lower Austrian Symphony, the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz and the South Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra. He devotes a great part of his artistic life to Lied accompaniment and to playing chamber music, as a member of the Delon Piano Quartet.  Piano


Class starts on: 06.09.2020, 18:00
Arrival after: 06.09.2020, 15:00
Final Concert: 12.09.2020, 11:00
Class ends on: 12.09.2020, 14:00
Deadline: 15.06.2020

...with drive into the new academic year!

The Master Classes for piano with international renowned professors addresses to students of music, professional musicians, teachers of instruments, ensembles and soloists, as well as to ambitious amateurs. During this week they prepare themselves intensively for trial performance, a concert, a competition, or an exam; or they simply can elaborate a program of free choice.

The castle Zell an der Pram with its generous seminar-rooms, its stimulating atmosphere and its unique and romantic setting in the Upper Austrian "Innviertel", offers an excellent background for intensive work with internationally renowned professors and guarantee a further artistic and professional development.

Following obligations are offered and contained in the fee
Daily ca. 40 minutes resp. 80 minutes individual lessons, free use of piano instruments and of the practising premises, participation at a workshop-concert, a public final concert admission free for participants and visitors, all classes open for listeners. All participants will receive a diploma of participation. Free use of the open WLAN.

A main focus lies in specific individual support in technique, in interpreting your selected program and we will work on an improvement of your musical power of expression and the promotion of your musical personality also to prepare you for concerts, contests, auditions and examinations or just to prepare a program for your pleasure.
You can freely choose the program for the course. There are enough pianos and rooms for exercises, the exercise periods will be organized.

Invited are
Mainly students from conservatories, music colleges and music universities as well as professional musicians and Instrumentalpädagogen 

Young students from pre-colleges and preparatory classes at conservatories, colleges and universities to prepare for entrance examines in regular studies. 

Semiprofessional musicians who are willing to engage in working according to professional criteria will be invited to zugelassen to a limited extent. 

The courses are open to participants aged 14 and over. Exceptions are possible in consultation with the course management.

Castle Zell an der Pram in Upper Austria.

The class starts at 6 p.m. with a "meet & greet" in the Entrance Hall of the Castle Zell an der Pram.

The class ends after the public concert in the Freskensaal of the castle.

Late applications will be considered if possible, but due to high demand and limited space, we encourage you to get your application in on time.

Closing Concert
The public closing concert is in the Freskensaal of the castle Zell an der Pram. The participants will be selected by the professors.
Leisure-Time Activities
There are sports grounds, a swimming-bath and a gym for ball-games, table tennis, etc.. You will certainly have time for a trip to explore the surroundings of Zell an der Pram.

Right away book two lesson-unities daily and/or a second class!