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Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg

Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg preserves the rich legacy of Wolfgang Amadé for all eternity. Their concert house in Salzburg is one of the world’s most beautiful places to experience the music of Mozart.

In 1841, in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dedicated music lovers in Salzburg founded the “Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum”. They hosted concerts, saw to the education of young musicians, and preserved the manuscripts, library and instruments of the city’s own genius loci, which his youngest son, Franz Xaver, had bequeathed to the association. This nucleus eventually gave birth to three separate institutions: the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Mozarteum music school (today a university), and the Mozarteum Foundation, which was founded in 1880. The Foundation’s mission is to safeguard and make accessible Wolfgang Amadé’s legacy in three areas: concerts, scientific investigation, and museums.

From the very beginning, the Foundation also pursued the idea of having their own “Mozart House”. In 1909, the time had come: Amadeus fans had collected enough money from local citizens to commission construction of the Mozarteum based on plans drawn up by Munich architect Richard Bendl. In August 1910, Archduke Eugen accompanied the three strokes of the hammer with which he laid the ceremonial foundation stone with the words “To honor Mozart, to regale Salzburg, to give art a home!” The wonderful concert house and educational institution was finally opened in 1914, just before the start of the First World War.

Always world class – note, after note, after note

Chamber music, interpreted by the best ensembles of the Mozart world, is the core of the concert cycle hosted annually by the Mozarteum Foundation. 24 concerts with world-famous as well as young stars take place every season in the magnificent classicistic “Great Hall” and in the intimate “Viennese Hall”, with Tuesday and Thursday the standard days for performances. Traditionally, Salzburg’s two most internationally acclaimed ensembles – the Mozarteum Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg – also perform in the Great Hall. With a program for children and youth known as “SoundBox”, and a Mozart Children’s Orchestra, the next generation of music lovers isn’t neglected in the slightest either.

Mozart fans from around the globe travel to Salzburg every January for the traditional “Mozart Week” – which is why you should reserve tickets as early as possible! Every December, the “Dialogues” festival develops intriguing nexuses between Mozart and the world of contemporary music. On the occasion of the very first edition of “Dialogues”, artist Sylvie Fleurie created an illuminated installation for the front of the Mozarteum based on Mozart’s handwriting, expressing a sentiment once penned by Mozart himself: “ I wish to have everything that is good, genuine and beautiful!”

Exclusive – and free!

A real hit, especially for Salzburg visitors: On one or two Tuesdays every month, the Foundation invites audiences to enjoy a free midday organ concert in the Great Hall, which has been the home of the fantastic Propter Homines organ since 2010. Enjoy a half-hour of organ music, followed by an exclusive visit to the “Magic Flute Summer-House” in the garden of the Mozarteum Foundation. In this charming wooden hut which originally stood next to the Freihaus Theater in Vienna, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart is reputed to have composed much of his opera “The Magic Flute”.

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