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Program 2021

During the first week, students have daily lessons with renowned soloists and chamber-musicians. During the second and third week, individual lessons are taught by musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra focusing on audition repertoire.

Chamber music
The students play in chamber-music groups, which over the course of the whole Academy will rehearse one of the great works the chamber-music repertoire. Rehearsals begin during the first week under the tutelage of the masterclass-teachers. It continues from the second week onwards with the musicians of Mahler Chamber Orchestra. At the end of the Academy the groups will perform in chamber-music concerts, which take place in Bolzano’s old town. Many groups also perform more than once as part of our outreach-concerts.

All students together with the 15 musicians from Mahler Chamber Orchestra will play together in an MCO-size orchestra, which is conducted by one the MCO’s regular conductors. The orchestra works on symphonic masterpieces, which are part of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s core-repertoire.
The students have the opportunity to experience the special way of orchestra playing, which Claudio Abbado envisaged and which the Mahler Chamber Orchestra practices, in direct collaboration with their older colleagues.

The Orchestra of Gustav Mahler Academy 2021 will be conducted by PABLO HERAS-CASADO
The Gustav Mahler Academy 2021 will be tutored by musicians of Mahler Chamber Orchestra


This is a list of pieces that we will work on and perform during the Academy 2021:

A. Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12, “American”
B. Smetana: String quartet No. 1 “From my life”
B. Martinů: Nonet No. 2
E. Dohnányi: String Sextet in B flat Major
L. Janáček: Mládí for winds and String quartets No. 1 “Kreuzer Sonata” and No. 2 “Intimate Letters”
L.v. Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 130 and Op. 131
G. F. Haas: auf schwankendem boden (World Premiere)

L. v. Beethoven: Leonore Ouverture No. 3
A. Dvořák: Ouverture In Nature‘s Realm and Symphony No. 9 From the new world