Each year the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna includes a rich variety of musical and artistic cultural experiences in addition to its gala Concert and Awards Ceremony.
Monday July 15.
Morning: Proceed to the Festival hotel, Sommerhotel Wieden, Schelleingasse 36, Vienna-1040. In addition to its excellent accommodations, the hotel provides several piano rooms where students can practice.
Afternoon 5:00PM: Take a walking tour through the central part of the Old City, visiting sites such as the Strauss Memorial, Mozarthaus, the Haus der Musik, the Hofburg Palace, and Stephansplatz.
Tuesday July 16.
Morning 9:00AM - 12:00PM: Practice at the distinguished Prayner Conservatory, Muhlgasse 28-30.
Afternoon 3:00PM: Attend the Festival's gala Concert and Award Ceremony at the famous Ehrbar Hall.**
Wednesday July 17.
Morning 9:00AM - 1:00PM: Take Master Classes with Professors Klara Pantillon, Eugenie Russo, and Stephan Möller at the Prayner Conservatory. Additional practice time at the Conservatory.
Afternoon 4:00PM: Make an excursion to the Albertina, home to one of the largest collections of Impressionists and Modern Austrian Art. Participate in an open discussion of the topic "The Artist in the Modern World."
Evening 7:00PM: Attend the World Young Composers' concert at Ehrbar Hall. Guest-artists include young musicians from all over the world, winners of the Golden Key International Piano Composition Competition, 2013.**
Thursday July 18.
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM: Take a bus trip to Eisenstadt, the home town of Josef Haydn for almost 32 years. Visit Esterhazy Palace with its famous Haydn Hall and Haydn Museum.
Evening: Visit Haus der Musik, world's largest interactive music discovery museum.
Friday July 19.
Free day. Optional offers include a visit to nearby cities such as Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, or Salzburg, a guided bus excursion to the "Vienna Woods," or a tour of the Belvedere Palace, Garden, and Museum located within walking distance of the hotel. The Museum is famous for its unique collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Giovanni Serantini, as well as the Vienna Secession artists such as Klimt, Klinger, and Munch.
Saturday July 20.
Morning 10:00AM: Take a guided tour to Mozarthaus Vienna (Domgasse 5), the best known of the places where Mozart lived and worked.
Morning 11:30AM: Attend a musical exposition "Mozart: Who Prepared His Glory?" given by Festival guest-artists at the Bösendorfer Saal at Mozarthaus. The program will feature the music of Mozart's teachers, friends, and rivals. Festival winners are invited to revive the famous competition between Mozart and Clementi by participating in the recital with musical selections from W.A.Mozart or M.Clementi.** For further details on this additional performance opportunity, please see our Additional Performance Opportunities page.
Evening 8:00PM: Attend an organ concert at "Mozart's Church," St. Michael's Church, Vienna.
Sunday July 21.
Morning 10:30AM: Visit the J. Strauss Museum followed by a tour of the UN Complex.
Lunch 12:00PM: Enjoy a group lunch at the restaurant on the top of the Donau (Danube) Tower.
Afternoon 3:00PM: Visit the famous Stephansdom, one of Vienna's best known landmarks, take a guided walking tour of some of the 18th century streets that Mozart would have known, and attend the recital "Music of Renaissance Vienna" performed on original Renaissance Epoch musical instruments by the Festival's guest-artists, the Ekaterinodar-Classica Ensemble (Russia) at the Bösendorfer Saal.*
Evening 7:30PM: Farewell Party and Talent Show for the Festival participants. Everyone is invited to share talents apart from the Festival's required program. Those may include other musical performances, improvisation, jokes, poetry, dancing, whatever. Family members of festival participants are also welcome to join in the fun. Reception at the Hotel's Bar Room.
Monday July 22.
Last Day: No activities scheduled.
* Note: The Golden Key Festival Committee reserves the right to change the guest artists of the recital in case of emergency.
** Note: Admission for recitals is 50 Euros per ticket except for subscribers to the Golden Key Music Festival Vienna Tour and the composers/winners of the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition.