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Festival “European Music Trails“

In autumn 2018, the European music cultural exchange took place as a three-day festival “European Music Trails“ in Leipzig, with musicians from Germany, Norway and Lithuania. Musicians from all three countries performed at this event and focused on piano, chamber and vocal music. Performances took place at these locations: the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“, the Grieg Memorial Centre e.V., as well as the gallery The Grass is Greener at Baumwollspinnerei (Cotton Mill) Leipzig.

The following artists took part in the Festival:

Norway - Brage Botn Seim, Inga Vaga Gaustad, Rasmus Cornelius Hansen

Lithuania - Augustas Gocentas, Joris Sodeika, Konrad Levicki

Germany - Kevin Fan Yu, Sarah Rösel, Anna Herrmann, August Gyldfeldt Magnusson und Jonas Reinhold, Emilija Kortus, Kristín Einarsdóttir Mäntylä, Sungh-Ah Park, Elisabeth Wrede, Stephan König

As professors of the University of Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ participated:

Prof. Frank Reinecke,Prof. Caspar Frantz, Prof. Alexander Schmalcz, Prof. Bertold Schmid

The composers Edvard Grieg (Norway, 1843–1907) and Mikalojus Čiurlionis (Lithuania, 1875–1911) studied at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music (today University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholy“) and then returned to their home countries. They enriched Leipzig’s music history – like Grieg did until the end of his life through regular, prolonged stays and his exclusive agreement to C.F. Peters Music Publisher - and also strongly influenced the cultural development in their own countries. They took up the folk music of each of their countries and combined it with the Central European music language and the composition methods they had known in Leipzig. The pianist and composer Clara Schumann (Germany, 1819–1896) taught at the Leipzig Conservatory and did five concert tours abroad with her father, between the ages of 12 and 18. Many more tours would follow, 19 alone to England, further tours to Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. Her example represented exchange on a European level as early as the 19th century.
Edvard Grieg, Mikalojus Čiurlionis and Clara Schumann are, therefore, representatives of the common European music heritage.  Sharing this heritage is an important objective of the project “European Music Trails“, in addition to the exchange between today’s musicians and music lovers. The festival presents the music as means of expression of both international and European identities, as well as connecting European “language“.


Friday, Oct 12, 2018, 7.30 p.m.
Place: The Grass is Greener at Baumwollspinnerei/Cotton Mill Leipzig
Music theme focus on M.K. Čiurlionis with musicians from Lithuania, Norway, the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig as well as improvisations on themes by M.K. Čiurlionis and Lithuanian folk songs by Stephan König. (Program)

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 3 p.m.
Place: Chamber Music Hall of the University of Music and Theatre
Chamber music and Lieder and selections for singers as well as piano soloist recital by M.K. Čiurlionis, E. Grieg and Clara Schumann, with musicians from Lithuania and Norway and the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. There was a presenter at the concert. Culinary food from Lithuania and Norway was offered during the intermission. (Program)

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018, 3 p.m.
Place: Grieg Memorial Centre
Music theme focus on E. Grieg with musicians from Lithuania and Norway, the University of Music and Theatre and the Gyldfeldt Ensemble. (Program)

Impressions (Photograph Daniel Reiche)

Rehearsal visit of pupils

Concert on 12.10.2018 in the Galerie THE GRASS IS GREENER

Concert on 13.10.2018 at University of Music and Theatre

Concert on 14.10.2018 at Grieg Memorial Centre

Street music

The project has funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM) within the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Sharing Heritage

Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen). This measure is co-financed by taxpayers money on the basis of the budget which was decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.