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Welcome to Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival in Ebenfurth

The dates for the 2009 Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival are July 24 till August 10, 2009. Advanced pianists will join in Ebenfurth - and play on Bösendorfer grands.

The Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival provides an exciting opportunity for intensive study and performance for advanced pianists. Students study with both Mr. Wibrowski and Dr. Wellborn, and will receive a minimum of 5-6 private lessons and masterclasses, in addition to the public performances, during the session. Participants should prepare a 30-60 minute program that is ready for coaching and public performance. In addition to solo music, there is also coaching for duos in four-hand repertoire.

Festival concerts are held in Vienna, Ebenfurth, Neufeld, the elegant resort town of Baden, and at the beautiful 18th century concert room at the Maria Teresa Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt.

Learning in an inviting surrounding

Learning in an inviting surrounding

Artist Faculty

Adam Wibrowski Founder of the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival, is a graduate of the Superior School of Music in Krakow, Poland, and the Sorbonne in Paris. He received first prizes in the Polish National Inter-Conservatory Competition in Warsaw and the Union Française des Artistes Musiciennes Competition in Paris, and the Diploma of Honor in the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona. In 1979, Wibrowski was a recipient of the French National Professor Award in Keyboard and Chamber Music, the highest diploma in the French National Conservatory system. His activities include concerts, masterclasses, and workshops throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. A frequent member of international juries such as the Gina Bachauer, Gilmore, Montreal, Warsaw, and Artur Rubinstein competitions, Wibrowski teaches at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz in Paris. Founder of the In Search of Chopin tours, Wibrowski is an internationally recognized authority on the life and music of Chopin.

Adam Wibrowski

Adam Wibrowski

William Wellborn, an active pianist throughout Europe and North America, has performed in twenty states and ten countries. Festival appearances include the American Liszt Society, the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, and the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France. Wellborn has presented masterclasses and lectures for such organizations as the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the 2000 World Pedagogy Conference, and the Conservatory of Paris, as well as Music Teachers Associations across the United States. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory since 1989, Wellborn taught at the Masterclasses of Saint Malo from 1998-2003. A scholar of historic pianists, he created and hosted the San Francisco radio program “Piano Legacy.” Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels, is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society, and Co-Director of the acclaimed The World of Franz Liszt and In Search of Chopin tours.

William Wellborn

William Wellborn

A region rich in musical tradition

The Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival is located in the charming town of Ebenfurth, Austria, a region rich in musical tradition. Less than an hour from Vienna, Ebenfurth is close to the birthplaces of composers Franz Liszt and Joseph Haydn, and is centrally located from the palaces of Eisenstadt and Esterházy.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death, and the program includes a trip to his birthplace in Rohrau. Music of Haydn is especially encouraged this year. Ebenfurth is also centrally located from Vienna, and the palaces of Eisenstadt and Esterházy, points of interest that will also be visited.

Festival concerts featuring guest artists and seminar participants and are held throughout the session. An excursion to Vienna allows to see the magnificent city that was once the home of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, and to immerse in the rich Austrian musical tradition. A special highlight will be a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the nearby St. Margarethen Opera Festival.

Contact: Dr. William Wellborn: Pianoleg@aol.com

(Fotocredits: Ebenfurth, William Wellborn, Adam Wibrowski)