Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund
The Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund continues on its course of success
In the past 60 years the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund has made itself a name in the promotion of young musicians not only nationally but also beyond national borders.
Many of the more than 100 selected scholarship holders have been able to make a name for themselves internationally. In 2016 there were several successes: e.g. two scholarship holders won prizes at the International Isaac Stern Competition. Mayu Kishima (scholarship holder 2011) won the first prize of 100.000 euros and Sergey Dogadin (scholarship holder 2010) won the second prize of 50.000 euros. The cellist Anastasia Kobekina (scholarship holder 2015) received the soloist’s prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and won the second prize and the special prize at the George Enescu Competition Bukarest. The pianist Aurelia Shimkus (scholarship holder 2013) was awarded the ECHO Klassik with the title “Young Musician of the Year 2016”.
Extensive promotional programme for scholarship holders
The Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund gives its scholarship holders support by various means including the creation of a website, photoshooting, CD productions and scholarships. In addition the Gesellschaft gives every scholarship holder the opportunity to perform with an internationally renowned orchestra in the Mozart matinees in the Konzerthaus Dortmund. These matinees belong to the few concert series in Germany which are regularly sold out. In the 2017/18 season a few of the new scholarship holders will have the opportunity to go on tour after the Mozart matinees with the selected orchestras: The Portuguese french horn player Cristiana Neves Custodio will play a further two times the horn concerto by Strauss with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine. The young German violist will perform on one further occasion with the Dogma Chamber Orchestra.
The work of the Mozart Gesellschaft is supported by its members and sponsors. The Mozart Gesellschaft is a private concern without any public subsidies. The few Mozart enthusiasts in the beginning have meanwhile become a group of almost 600 members.
Concert excursions for members
Attractive concert excursions are regularly offered to members. Many members have enjoyed attractive excursions to international festivals like the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bachfest Leipzig and the MDR Musiksommer.
The last members’ excursion went in January 2017 to the International Mozartwoche in Salzburg. In autumn 2018 a members’ excursion to Hamburg is planned.
The members’ contributions and the profits from the concerts provide 90% of the income. Since 2010 thanks to the involvement of companies and foundations promotional prizes are awarded to scholarship holders of the Mozart Gesellschaft. Thus it was possible to extend in recent years the support for the young musicians. The aim is with such support to accompany in future years the young talented musicians in an active and intensive manner.
THE MOZART GESELLSCHAFT DORTMUND CONTINUES ON THE PATH OF SUCCESS
Over the past 60 years the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund has made itself a name nationally and internationally in the area of promoting young musicians.
Extensive further education programme for scholarship holders
The pianist Joseph Moog received the Grammophone Classical Music Award 2015 as the „Young Artist of the Year“. The pianist Elisabeth Brauß and the cellist Anastasia Kobekina both won first prizes at the TONALI Competition 2015. Since last year the horn player Marc Gruber is the youngest principal horn player in the Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks. The cellist Harriet Krijgh was selected by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) as the „Rising Star“ for the season 2015/2016. The cellist Kian Soltani went on tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter as a scholarship holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.The Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund supports its scholarship holders with various promotional measures, e.g. the creation of a website, photo shooting, CD production or a grant for tuition. In addition each scholarship holder is given the opportunity to perform as a soloist with an internationally famous orchestra as part of the Mozart matinees in the Konzerthaus Dortmund. These matinees belong to one of the few concert series in Germany which are regularly sold out. Some of the new scholarship holders in the season 2016/2017 will have the opportunity to go on tour with the chosen orchestras in addition to the Mozart Matinees in the Dortmund Konzerthaus. For instance the cellist Anastasia Kobekina will make three additional concert appearances with the Sinfonieorchester of the Nationaltheater Prague including a concert in Bayreuth, where she will play the Rococo Variations for Violoncello and Orchestra by Tchaikovsky. The harpist Liv Inger Hansen and the flautist Anissa Baniahmad will perform the double concerto for flute and harp by Mozart together with the Arcos Orchestra New York and then join the orchestra in concerts in Neumünster and Neustadt (an der Weinstr.).The work of the Mozart Gesellschaft is supported by its members and sponsors. The Mozart Gesellschaft works as a private concern without public subsidies. From just a few Mozart enthusiasts in the beginning it has become a community with nearly 600 members.
Concert tours for members
The members are regularly offered concert tours. Many members enjoyed attractive trips to international festivals, e.g. the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Bachfest Leipzig and the MDR Musiksommer. The Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund is going in 2016 to the European Chamber Music Festival „Kryzowa music“ in Kreisau while staying in an hotel in Breslau, the "Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2016“. For 2017 a visit to the „Internationale Mozartwoche Salzburg“ is planned.
Financial support from private companies
The members’ subscriptions and the profits from the concerts provide 90% of the income. Since 2010 promotional prizes which have been donated by Dortmund firms and foundations are awarded to scholarship holders. In this way the work with young musicians has been further extended in the past few years. The aim is to accompany young talented musicians actively and intensively in the coming years on their artistic journey.