What level do I need to be to apply to AlpenKammermusik? We take people of all levels and meticulously match them into groups that we think will work well. We also encourage pre-formed groups to apply, as it ensures participants of equal levels.
What if I am coming from abroad as a cellist and cannot afford to buy two plane tickets? There are possibilities of renting instruments in Munich. We have done this before and would be happy to help.
Is there any scholarship funding available? Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. We balance the need of the applicant with the need for particular instruments in the festival.
Is there Internet in Liesing? Yes. Many of the guest houses offer WiFi, as does the main building where the festival takes place. We are charged by the local telecom by usage, so we ask internet users to contribute €20.
What is the age range of participants at AKM? We have had participants ranging from 18-80 years old. Since expanding our festival to include pre-professional conservatory students, we have found that mixing ages makes a better experience for all.
Where is Liesing? Liesing is in the south of Austria in the state of Carinthia (Kärnten) and is situated in the beautiful Lesachtal valley near the Italian border. The country of Austria has 2 towns named Liesing, so please be sure not to be confused with the Liesing near Vienna! Liesing is a small town with a population of roughly 400 people. The Lesachtal valley has a population of only 1,200 people.
When is the application due date? A completed application and a $50 application fee for participants, submitted through our online application platform Acceptd, is due by March 1, 2017. If you have any problems meeting this March 1st due date, please contact us with any questions you have. Find the link to the Online Application here.
What is an auditor? An auditor is one who attends AlpenKammerMusik but does not perform or rehearse throughout the week. Auditors are allowed to attend rehearsals, masterclasses, lectures, and any other event through the duration of the festival. Tuition amount for an auditor is for the full 14 day festival. A completed application and a $30 application fee for auditors, submitted through our online application platform Acceptd, is due by March 1, 2017. Visit Auditors, Friends and Family to learn more.
How do I audition? Applicants need to submit the Online Application and submit a recording of two contrasting pieces, preferably one fast and one slow. The recordings may be of ensemble performances, but please indicate which part you are playing (Violin I or II, etc.).
What are rehearsals like? Participant ensembles receive coachings daily. All our coaches have their own unique styles, but we all try to help participants find their own unique musical voices and blend it with the group in a coherent sound. Our mission is to give participants tools they can take away from the festival to their own individual musical lives.
Can I request repertoire? We make every effort to satisfy everyone regarding repertoire. However, we cannot guarantee pieces you request for a number of reasons. Once repertoire is given out eight weeks prior to the festival, we allow a few days for everyone to give feedback and we adjust the repertoire if necessary. We then send out a final repertoire assignment list.
How prepared should I be with my pieces before I arrive in Liesing? The better prepared everyone is, the more deeply we can get into the music and communicate with our chamber partners. We also ask everyone to write in bar numbers before they arrive to save time in rehearsals. We encourage string and woodwind players to have the full score of the work they are playing so they can have it at their feet during rehearsals.