About us

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets"Ludwig van Beethoven
As one of the world's leading summer academies, founded in 1975 as Wiener Meisterkurse 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.

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.

Venue: Schloss Laudon

New ideas need old buildings

The ideal place for our joyful pursuit of musical excellence is Laudon Palace, one of Vienna’s most beautiful Baroque palaces, and its sumptuous surroundings.

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.




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 was one of the world's leading summer academies from 1975-2016. European Music Institute Vienna is proud to continue the legacy:

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From 11 July to 13 August 2020:
Schloss Laudon
Mauerbachstrasse 43-45
A-1140 Vienna - Austria


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European Music Institute Vienna

Kandlgasse 5a/1

A-1070 Vienna

Phone: +43 676 385 37 44

E-mail: info@emi-vienna.com


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    Scholarship Donators 2022:
    Elfie Rühl, Mag. Susanne und Dr. Rudolf Grünzweig, 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.

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