Mozarteum University Salzburg

The Mozarteum University offers over 40 artistic and education courses in the fields of music, the performing and visual arts. 1700 young artists from all over the world experience comprehensive training here in all instruments, in composition, conducting, Catholic and Protestant church music, singing, music-theatre, acting, stage-directing, stage design, music and dance education, art and craft education as well as in music educational theory and musicology. 500 lecturers, many of whom are internationally renowned artists and teachers, pass on their knowledge and their art, thus making the university a place of lively intellectual exchange and dialogue.

As such, the Mozarteum University fosters international relations with associated music and art academies by means of an international exchange of lecturers and students, scholarship programs, exchange concerts and mutual projects. Students and lecturers engage in joint artistic activities as an integral part of the course program. They perform in public in several concerts, plays, dance and opera productions as well as participating in exhibitions, thereby enriching cultural life in Salzburg. Besides intensive studies in an arts-friendly environment, networks are created here for later professional careers.

For example, in the context of the Salzburg Festival, to which the Mozarteum University has an important connection. For many years, the Mozarteum University has been involved in joint projects within its framework. In summer 2020 the world’s largest festival celebrates its 100th anniversary – the final concerts of the ARCO project will be part of the festival’s grand opening in July 2020.

Also, the first ISCM concert series took place during the Salzburg Festival 1922 in the Salzburg Mozarteum. Since then it marks a great contrast to the previous culture and musical understanding of Salzburg. The Mozarteum University regularly cooperates with the ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music), the world’s oldest network for contemporary music. It was founded in 1922 in the presence of the composers Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Zoltán Kodály, Darius Milhaud, and Anton Webern in the Café Bazar under the patronage of Richard Strauss.

Another institution of the Mozarteum University is the Studio for Electronic Music (SEM). Founded in 1958 by Eberhard Preußner in cooperation with the Philips Group it is one of the oldest electronic music studios in the world. Prof. Achim Bornhöft is the current director.

Gmem – Marseille

The Gmem-Marseille was created in 1972 by a collective of composers among whom Georges Bœuf, Michel Redolfi and Marcel Frémiot. In 1997, the Gmem integrates the French National Centers of Musical Creation network. Its missions, defined by French Ministry for Culture, focuses on production and dissemination of musical creation, research and transmission.

Directed by Christian Sebille since 2011, the Gmem assists artistic teams through residencies, produces show in the field of musical creation, conducts numerous educational actions and shares regularly these activities with the public through presentations (concerts, installations, meetings and work in progress).

The Gmem is involved in a wide array of esthetics: mixed music, electroacoustic, electronic, instrumental and vocal. Those being written or improvised. The center develops transdisciplinary projects link to digital, plastic and visual arts as well as dance and theatre.

In 2017, the Gmem moves in new facilities at la Friche Belle de Mai. Designed by architect Mathieu Poitevin (Caractère Spécial Agency), The Module, located inside the Co-operative Company with Collective Interests run by Alain Arnaudet, opens the Gmem to new prospects of evolution.

Dedicated to musical creation, the Gmem-Marseille is a tool of musical production focussing on artistic innovation, societal issues and the relationship with the public.