Within the framework of the project "European Music Trails", a festival with a preceding artists’ residency took place in Germany, Lithuania and Norway during the course of the project. The basic idea here is a three-day cultural festival with musicians from all three countries who get to know each other during the artists’ residency, make music together and then perform at various concerts.
In the fall of 2018, the three-day festival took place in Leipzig from October 05th to 14th. At the meeting of musicians from all three countries, the focus was on piano, chamber and vocal music. The venues of the festival were the University for Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", the Grieg Memorial Centre and the gallery The Grass is Greener in the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig. Furthermore, the musicians visited several Leipzig school classes during lessons and played smaller concerts in public spaces.
The following artists participated in the festival:
The following teachers of the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" participated:
Friday, 12/10/2018, 7:30 p.m. Concert "European Music Trails" on M.K. Čiurlionis
Venue: The Grass is Greener at the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig
Chamber music, piano music and improvisations. With musicians from Lithuania and Norway as well as the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre and Stephan König. (Programme)
Saturday, 13/10/2018, 3:00 p.m. Concert "European Music Trails" on Clara Schumann, Čiurlionis, Grieg
Venue: Chamber Music Hall of the University of Music and Theatre
Chamber music, piano music and songs. With musicians from Lithuania and Norway and the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre. The concert was moderated. Culinary specialties from Lithuania and Norway were offered during the intermission. (Programme)
Sunday, 14/10/2018, 3:00 p.m. Concert "European Music Trails" on Edvard Grieg
Venue: Grieg Memorial Centre
Chamber music and piano music. With musicians from Lithuania and Norway, the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre and the Gyldfeldt Ensemble. (Programme)
In Norway, the festival and artist residency took place between September 15th and 22nd, 2019 (organizer: MB Classics - Opus). The main focus was Grieg and travelling. Within this framework, eight young musicians travelled through Norway and rehearsed some pieces together that were presented during the festival:
19/09/2019: Teacher’s lecture at Valdres Folkemuseum: Mariam Kharatyan.
20/09/2019, 13:00: Matinée concert of the students at Fagernes Kulturhus.
20/09/2019, 19:00: Evening concert by the students at Fagernes Kulturhus
21/09/2019: Student concert at Borgund Stavkirke
22/09/2019: Student concert at Troldhaugen in Grieg's living room.
In Lithuania, the festival could take place between two coronavirus lockdowns from August 21st to 30th, 2020 (organizer: M. K. Čiurlionis House). The artist residency was held in Druskininkai, Čiurlionis' birthplace. Despite the pandemic, various concerts were held with eight young musicians:
24/08/2020: faculty chamber music concert at M. K. Čiurlionis Art School, Druskininkai.
25, 26 & 27/08/2020: student concerts at the Čiurlionis Memorial House, Druskininkai
29/08/2020, 14:00: Student concert at M. K. Čiurlionis House, Vilnius
29/08/2020, 17:00: Student concert at V. Kasiulis Art Museum, Vilnius
30/08/2020, 13:00: Student concert at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vilnius
30/08/2020, 15:30: Student concert at the "Ramintoja" Church, Vilnius
30/08/2020, 16:00: Student concert in the M. K. Čiurlionis House, Vilnius
Cooperation partners in Leipzig:
Grieg-Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e.V.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“
The Grass is Greener
The project was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.