About us

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets”Ludwig van Beethoven
Music keeps its secrets, and yet, we can never stop striving to disclose them, even with the awareness that we might never disclose them at all. Therefore, as musicians, who feel compelled to our art, we must indeed follow the demanding and beautiful imperative Beethoven has left to us.

Hence, European Music Institute Vienna was founded to pursue this tour de force together with our students, young musicians from all over the world: Through the study and practice of the masterworks of the classic epoch we believe to consign a key to the understanding of all musical styles and epochs of the international concert repertoire up to contemporary music.

The epoch of Viennese Classics, the period in which music as art has found to its “highest clarity of inner and outer appearance” (Hans Swarowsky), is thus a key for our musical education. It can provide those striving for full understanding of all parameters of a musical piece – insofar they have learned to combine theory and practice – with the skills to accomplish every style of art music.

We introduce young artists to musical analysis, performance practice and to the various criteria for evaluating compositions.

With additional features, European Music Institute Vienna aims to prepare students for the versatile and challenging future of the musician’s profession.

Venue: Schloss Laudon

New ideas need old buildings

The ideal place for the joyful pursuit of musical excellence is Laudon Palace, one of Vienna’s most beautiful Baroque palaces, and its sumptuous surroundings. Here European Music Institute Vienna takes place.

In the palace, whose halls are also an architectural statement of the Age of Enlightenment, musical performances have taken place since the times of Haydn and Mozart. Joseph Haydn dedicated his Symphony No. 69 to the owner, Gideon von Laudon, who was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and sciences.

The final concerts and classes take place in the Baroque Festsaal and other rooms of the palace.

Practicing facilities are in a modern, adjoining building. The palace can be easily reached by public transport from the city center. Accommodation options are available nearby.




Jörg Birhance
Artistic Director

Jörg Birhance studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache, Constantin Bugeanu and Jorma Panula.
He is Guest Professor for conducting at ARTS², École supérieure des Arts de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles in Mons, Belgium.

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Fanni Kerényi was born into a musicians and artists family in Budapest/Hungary. As student of Arts and Humanities she has worked for Wiener Meisterkurse for three years and is now Administrator of European Music Institute Vienna.

Fanni Kerényi


This is also the place to pay tribute to Günther Theuring and the legacy he left to us with Wiener Meisterkurse’s 40 years of contribution to the education of young musicians.

Wiener Meisterkurse, founded in 1975, was one of the world’s leading summer academies and was closed down in 2016. European Music Institute Vienna is proud to continue and develop the legacy:

Theo Adam, Francisco Araiza, Elly Ameling, Domenico Balzani, Walter Berry, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Kim Borg, Inge Borkh, Alfred Burgstaller, Ileana Cotrubas, Anton Dermota, Adrian Eröd, Kurt Equiluz, Bernarda Fink, Lore Fischer, Nicolai Gedda, Sylvia Geszty, Sylvia Greenberg, Reri Grist, Elisabeth Grümmer, Julia Hamari, Thomas Hemsley, Robert Holl, Renate Holm, Werner Hollweg, Hans Hotter, Roberta Invernizzi, Siegfried Jerusalem, Sena Jurinac, Cornelia Kallisch, James King, Ré Koster, Krisztina Laki, Edith Lienbacher, George London, Felicity Lott, Thomas Moser, Rolando Panerai, Rudolf Piernay, Josef Protschka, Andreas Schmidt, Peter Schreier, Franz Schuch-Tovini, Graziella Sciutti, Irmgard Seefried, Jakob Stämpfli, Birgid Steinberger, Cheryl Studer, Ulrike Sych,, Hertha Töpper, Claudia Visca, Helga Wagner-Meyer, Edith Wiens, Heinz Zednik
Jörg Birhance, Erik Erikson, Hans Graf, Julius Kalmar, Charles Mackerras, Salvador Mas Conde, Felix de Nobel, Felix Prohaska, Witwold Rowicki, Hans Swarowsky, Günther Theuring, Ralf Weikert, Bruno Weil
Lied Accompaniment
Leonard Hokansson, Graham Johnson, Georg Steinschaden

Ton Koopman

Malvyn Tan

Early Music
Ensemble Les Menestrels, Ian Caddy, Margit Legler, Reinhard Kubik

Josef Molnar

Aniello Desiderio, Eliot Fisk, Konrad Ragossnig, David Russel
Harry Pepl (Jazz Guitar), Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl

David Bendera, Barbara Meister

Joe Zawinul, Michele Weir

Marie-Agnes Dittrich, Martin Eybl

Paul Badura-Skoda, Dimitry Bashkirov, Roland Batik, Leonid Brumberg, Martin Helmchen, Emmy Henz-Diémand, Leonard Hokansson, Martin Hughes, Andrzej Jasinski, Alexander Jenner, Rudolf Kehrer, Oleg Maisenberg, Stephan Möller, Stanislaus Neuhaus, András Schiff, Alexander Satz, Bruno Seidlhofer, James Tocco, Tamás Vásáry, Wolfgang Watzinger
Christian Altenburger, Zakhar Bron, Thomas Christian, Lukas David, Klara Flieder, André Gertler, Liana Issakadze, Valery Klimov, Ernst Kovacic, Svetlana Makarova, Igor Ozim, Eugenia Polatschek, Gert Schubert, Pavel Vernikov, Florian Zwiauer

Thomas Kakuska, Thomas Riebl

Franz Bartolomey, David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko, Arto Noras, Mischa Maisky, Miklós Perényi, Boris Pergamenschikov, William Pleeth, Daniel Schafran, Heinrich Schiff, Harvey Shapiro, Mark Varshavsky

Double bass
Frantisek Posta, Ludwig Streicher

Robert Aitken, Barbara Gisler-Haase, Wolfgang Schulz, Karl-Bernhard Sebon

Klaus Lienbacher

Alois Brandhofer

Milan Turkovic, Michael Werba

Hermann Baumann, Barry Tuckwell

Zdanko Arnold, Carole Dawn Reinhart

Branimir Slokar

Chamber Music
Borodin Quartett, Rudolf Kolisch, Wolfgang Redik, Alasdair Tait, Rudolph Stephan, Wiener Schubert-Trio, Altenberg Trio, Trio di Triest

Günther Theuring began his musical training as a choirboy in the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Later on, he studied conducting with Ferdinand Grossman (choir) and Hans Swarowski (Orchestra) at the former Vienna Music Academy. He has been the condcutor of Vienna Academy Chamber Choir since 1955.

in 1959 he founded the Wiener Jeunesse Choir (Vienna Youth Choir), in close collaboration with honorary members Paul Hindemith and Leonard Bernstein. The choir has recorded Bernstein’s complete vocal-instrumental works under the direction of the composer.

In 1971 Günther Theuring founded the “Ensemble Contraste, Wien” which developed a reputation for the interpretation of the music of the “Second Viennese School”.

Günther Theuring has been active as a conductor since 1960, and has conducted Leipzig Rundfunkchor, the ORF Choir Vienna, the Bayrische Rundfunk Choir, the Budapest Rundfunk Choir, the Berlin Rundfunk Choir, the Choir of the Danish Broadcasting Company, Copenhagen, the Wiener Singakademie, the Slovenski Komorni Zbor, the Frankfurt Rundfunk Choir, and the Choir of the Slovenian Broadcasting Company Laibach.

He has been a guest conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchestra of the Milan Scala, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum-Orchestra Salzburg, the Orchestra of the Danish Broadcasting Company, the ORF Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonkünstler-Orchester.

In 1973 he was appointed as a full professor of a conducting class for choir-symphonic repertoire at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna.

In 1975 he founded the Vienna Master Courses and has served as its artistic director for lifetime.

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From 08 July to 10 August 2018:
Schloss Laudon
Mauerbachstrasse 43-45
A-1140 Vienna – Austria


Permanent Mailing Address:

European Music Institute Vienna

Kandlgasse 5a/1

A-1070 Vienna

Phone: +43 676 385 37 44

E-mail: info@emi-vienna.com


Frequently Asked Questions

Master courses for international young professional musicians with renown international artists. The courses last between seven and ten days and offer intense study in a beautiful environment. Find your course and additional features here.

Chose the course you want to participate. On the bottom of the course page you find a button named “register”. Click there and follow the instructions.

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017, 23:59 CET.

In case you miss the date, you may try a late registration, but your application will only be considered in case there are still spots available.

Tip: Save money and apply until March 15, 2017 as Early Bird!

Vienna is full of hotels and students dorms. To find the best for you as participant at EMIV, follow our recommendations.

Schloss Laudon has two stops for public transport: Bus 249/250 bus-stop Schloss Laudon and S50 train at Hadersdorf train station (10 min. from Wien Westbahnhof). Weekly or monthly tickets are available from Wiener Linien. Click here for timetable information.

Applications only become valid as of the date of receipt of the deposit payment (EUR 220 for individual courses, EUR 280 for Lied-Duo/Chamber-Music). All applications and course fee payments must be received by 15 June 2018 (Application Deadline). Early bird payments are due until the Early bird deadline 15 March 2018. Payments must be made in Euros. Payments can either be made by Paypal/credit card following the instructions on your electronic registration form or be wired, free of charges for the recipient, to Europäisches Musikinstitut Wien, Kandlgasse 5a/1, 1070 Vienna, Austria, with the Erste Bank (IBAN: AT20 2011 1828 8258 7600, BIC: GIBAATWW), including the memo text: Registration ID, name of student and course professor. (Erste Bank, Landstraßer Hauptstr. 58, A-1030 Wien)..

After your registration is valid, the teacher of your choice will be informed in due time. After his response you will be noticed about being accepted or not. For overseas participants we always seek to be a quick.

In case you need to apply for Visa for Schengen, we will provide an official invitation letter.

  • Please note that we can only certificate such when your registration is valid and the due fees have been received.
  • Please do not forget to state your passport number on the registration form.


Partner Program:

If you want to become a sponsor or make a donation – every support for our students is most welcome.

Donations can easily be made via Paypal by clicking this link.

For receiving information about our sponsorship packages, please send us an email.

Special thanks to: Ahsen Chowdhury, Ana E. García Priego, Aitana, Alexander Basta, Andreas Popper, Renate Kaiser, Isolde Fröhlich, Moritz Schuschnigg, Wilhelm Steiner, Rudolf Plank, Bettina Gruber, Constantin Bugeanu, Daniel Gazon, Markus Steinmetz, Daniel Mallampalli, Martin Riegler, but to name a few.

Photocredits: Francisco Araiza©Francisco Araiza, Fabio Bidini©Fabio Bidini, Fabio Bidini©chwilliams, Jörg Birhance©Alexander Basta, Christa Bützberger©christabuetzberger, Marc Coppey©marc coppey, Milana Chernyavska©Milana Chernyavska, Janina Fialkowska@Julien Faugère/ATMA, José María Gallardo del Rey©José María Gallardo del Rey, Sebastian Herberg©Sebastian Herberg, Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker©Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker, Martin Hughes©Martin Hughes, Gustav Krachler©chaswilliams, Marco Ozbic©privat, Igor Ozim©Igor Ozim, Miklós Perényi©Miklós Perényi, Rudolf Piernay©Rudolf Piernay, Dora Schneider©Bettina Frenzel, Anna Lea Stefánsdóttir@privat, Kirill Torussov@Marco Borggreve, Claudia Visca©chwilliams, Bruno Weinmeister©privat, Ilya Yakushev©privat, Photos Laudon Palace©Joerg Birhance with Rolleiflex T2 on Kodak Portra 400.
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