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.

As one of the world’s leading summer academies, founded in 1975 as Vienna Master Classes by the late conductor Günther Theuring, and since 2016 operating as the European Music Institute Vienna under the artistic direction of Jörg Birhance, we want 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.



Artistic Director

Jörg Birhance studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache, Constantin Bugeanu and Jorma Panula. Further important impulses he received through the conducting school of Viennese legend Hans Swarowsky. He also studied Viola with Berta Volmer and Reiner Schmidt.

For years he has been dedicated to advancing and supporting young musicians, be it as an Artistic Director of EMIV or before as Vice Artistic Director and Head of Organisation of Wiener Meisterkurse.

Currently he is Guest Professor for conducting at ARTS2, École supérieure des Arts de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles in Mons, Belgium. He has held master courses in conducting at Wiener Meisterkurse as well as in Germany, Hungary, Italy and México.

He appeared as guest conductor with the Kremerata Baltica, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Brno Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de Málaga, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, as well as with numerous orchestras in Asia and Latin America.

Besides the symphonic standard repertoire, his passion belongs to the symphonic œvre from Haydn to the 20th century. Moreover, he is constantly seeking after re-discovering orchestral and opera masterworks of composers being lost or forgotten through the turmoil of the first half of the 20th century, such as Egon Wellesz, Ernst Krenek, Edmund von Borck, Erwin Schulhoff and Rudi Stephan. In March 2018 he conducted the American first performance of Egon Wellesz’ Symphony No. 1.

Jörg Birhance is also an active researcher and published his study ‘The Observation of Form: The form analysis method of Constantin Bugeanu in reference to the 1st and 5th Symphonies of Egon Wellesz’ with academia.edu.


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 Meisterkursewas one of the world’s leading summer academies from 1975-2016. European Music Institute Vienna is proud to continue and develop the legacy:

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


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Kandlgasse 5a/1

A-1070 Vienna

Phone: +43 676 385 37 44

E-mail: info@emi-vienna.com


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Scholarship Provider 2018:
Elfie Rühl, Mag. Susanne und Dr. Rudolf Grünzweig, Hildegard Fröhlich, Heidi und Dr. Heinz Löber, I.E. Alicia Buenrostro Massieu, Viktor Thurn und Taxis, Dr. Georg Reiser, Isolde Fröhlich und Dr. Max Lobmeyr.

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, 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, Marco Ozbic©privat, Igor Ozim©Igor Ozim, Miklós Perényi©Miklós Perényi, Rudolf Piernay©Rudolf Piernay, Dora Schneider©Bettina Frenzel, Henja Semmler@Maike Katherina Helbig, 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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