Outreach projects

Classical star artists playing in schools

"What we have taken from the lecture is that we should go our own way and realize our dreams, but that the school is nevertheless important. " Anne-Sophie and Johanna (15)

For pupils, it is always a special experience when "stars" of the classical industry come to their school. The immediate proximity, making music and talking to them creates a very special relationship, even for teenagers who do not think that they have a hang for classical music. 

In 2007, we organized a school visit for the first time in cooperation with the Rhapsody in School program. The violinist Arabella Steinbacher, 26 years young at the time, came to a Viennese grammar school for 2 hours, played on her precious Stradivari violin, answered questions about the beginnings of her career - and was able to convince her.

Since 2015/16 we also present educational projects with the "Rising Stars" of the European Concert Hall Organisation ECHO.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

If an 11-year-old is already trying to inspire a classmate, who thinks Mozart is primeval, for classical music, it becomes clear that in the highly talented violinist slumbers a veritable pedagogical skill. Now rising star Emmanuel Tjeknavorian returns to his old school, the Sacre Coeur Vienna, four years after graduation and is thrilled when his question about who has ever gone to a classical concert has brought almost everyone's hands up.

What do dish out at a concert in a  school (5 December 2017) in the morning? Light food is not on the menu: Bach's Chaconne from the D minor Partita is his first piece. And then the "Last Rose" by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. Yes, there "I have to work a bit now" explains Emmanuel - and puts the finger-breaking variations crystal clear into the room. How long do you need, until you can play such a difficult piece so easily? A student wants to know. For one of the less than 1 minute variations, he practiced 11 hours a day for one week each day ....

Did he ever think of quitting? There are days when not everything runs smoothly, where one doubts. But "A life without music, I can not imagine that!"

Feedback from the students

"I'm not really a fan of classical music, but the pieces he played for us were impressive."
"He showed us that classical music does not necessarily have to be boring."
"I love classical music and the sound of his violin seemed to occupy the entire space, and I also liked that he let the audience share his passion for the music."
"He has made classical music more attractive to young people and he is really talented as well."
Mveto, Halmer, Holoubek, Chernetsova (16)

"We thought it was good that Emmanuel played many pieces (modern and classical), which also gave us some goose bumps. What we have taken from the lecture is that we should go our own way and realize our dreams, but that the school is nevertheless important. "
Anne-Sophie and Johanna (15)

Rising Star Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

For several years, the Society of Music Friends in Vienna has accompanied and supported the career of 22-year-old violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Meanwhile, the young Viennese with Armenian roots is on the way to a great career. Since his debut in the Musikverein, he has given several sonata and chamber music evenings and, with his interpretation of Schubert's C major fantasy, has become "beautiful proof of the thesis that the Viennese music culture has not died out" (Die Presse).

Appointed by the Musikverein and Konzerthaus as representatives of Austria for the international concert series "Rising Stars", Emmanuel Tjeknavorian will be guesting in leading concert halls in Europe in 2017/18 and in the Musikverein - with a highly demanding program for violin solo, which also features works written especially for him by Christoph Ehrenfellner. As a rising star, he also visited a Viennese school to share his enthusiasm for classical music with young people.

Monday, 26. February 2018, 20.00h Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium