Created exactly seventy years ago, the Mozarteum Argentino is the most important private musical institution in our country. From his hand soloists, orchestras, choirs, jazz groups, dance companies, composers and prestigious directors came to Argentina, and many national artists are trained thanks to their scholarshipsor collaborated with the institution on concerts and tours.
Initiatives such as concerts on Avenida Nueve de Julio and in other non-traditional venues, the Midday Concerts, the branches inside or the Mozarteum Joven season tickets have allowed millions of spectators to have a direct music contact. number of numbers 4,500 shows watched by over 5 million viewers in Buenos Aires and within the country.
the thrill of return
After the conflict forced by the pandemic, Mozarteum showed up a season of seven concerts at the Colon Theater. The opening, on May 7, will develop the local debut of Polish tenor Piotr Beczala; with pianist Camillo Radickethe singer will present a selection of opera aria and songs.
Elena Bashkirova will play the piano and conduct the Jersulem Chamber Ensemble, in the Mozarteum cycle.
Also in May will be returned Jerusalem Chamber Ensemble, with piano and direction by Elena Bashkirova, with Pablo Barragán (clarinet), Mihaela Martin (violin), Adrien la Marca (viola) and Ivan Karizna cello (cello). Another outstanding pianist of our time, Nikolay Lugansky, will perform in June with the Orchester Philharmonique Royal de Liège performed by Gergely Madaras.
In August, the Mozarteum proposes to Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Danielle Akta will perform Haydn’s first cello concerto, in a program complemented by works by Paul Ben-Haim and Tchaikovsky. On the podium was Argentine Yeruham Scharovsky. Nelson Goerner, the pianist from Sampedra who lives in Switzerland, will return to the country in September, along with works by Chopin, Debussy and Albéniz.
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen will join the season on October 17, along with German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.
The closing of the season will be directed by Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey, who will perform on the same night’s performance of six suites for the solo cello of Johann Sebastian Bach, of which he is a reference interpreter. Registration for new members will open from April 6 to 8.
Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey will be part of the Mozarteum’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
The will and the talent
In March 1952, a group led by musicians and researchers (Mariano Drago, Erwin Leuchter, Jorge D’Urbano, Juan Pedro Franze, Carlos Pessina and Carlos Suffern) was presented at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. his project for the foundation of the Mozarteum Argentinodedicated to the dissemination and study of Mozart’s works through concerts, conferences, publications and radio programs.
The first four seasons took place in the homes of its members, as Jeannette Arata de Erize. Born in Buenos Aires in 1922, Jeannette in 1955 accepted the proposal of leading the Argentine Mozarteum.
The Jerusalem Symphonyc Orchestra will perform in August in the Colón, in the Mozarteum cycle.
“At first I resisted but, finally, my wife and mother convinced me: ‘Accept Jeannette, yet it is a small, easy thing …’. I offered Beatriz Santos Muñoz if she wanted to help me – she speaks several languages perfectly – and we both, very enthusiastically, started working ”, she said in an interview.
Thus began his role as head of the Mozarteum, which under his guidance quickly became an institution respected and loved by the public in our country and by national and international artists.
His human warmth, simplicity and professional excellence they continue their team of collaborators, and is a sign of the Mozarteum.
Gisela Timmermanhis collaborator for nearly 50 years, is that one conducts executive directionwho contribute their experience, knowledge and passion when summoning artists.
From halls to large stages
Nelson Goerner, the pianist from Sampedra who lives in Switzerland, will play in September on the Mozarteum cycle, of Colón.
In 1956 the Mozarteum he was persuaded to move his concerts to the museums of Buenos Aires such as National Decorative Art, Isaac Fernández Blanco Hispano-American Art and National Fine Arts, in which artists such as Friedrich Gulda, Henryk Szeryng, Chigiano Quintet, Ljerko Spiller and Peter Lukas Graf participated.
Another major leap occurred in 1960, when the Mozarteum arrives at the Teatro Colón to stage two concerts directed by Igor Stravinsky, which Arata from Erize tried to bring when he learned a local agent had given up because he couldn’t send him half the cachet in advance.
The endless list of figures carried once or several times by the institution includes the Vienna Philharmonic along with Karl Böhm, Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim (two true friends of Mozarteum), Olivier Messiaen, Krysztof Penderecki and Pierre Boulez.
Joyce DiDonato and her show “In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music”, at Teatro Colón. Photo Liliana Morsia/Mozarteum Argentino Press
Also, names like Alicia de Larrocha, Birgit Nilsson, Victoria de los Ángeles, Jessye Norman, Rudolf Nureyev, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Philippe Herreweghe, Joyce DiDonatoKarita Mattila, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yehudi Menuhin.
For everyone, for everyone
In 1959, and also with the idea and initiative of Jeannette Arata de Erize (inspired by concerts organized by Myra Hess in London during World War II), the Mozarteum began to offer a cycle of Noon concerts with free admission.
The famous noon concerts of the Mozarteum, with free admission.
1978 was the year of opening branches in different provinces Argentines, an activity that includes more than 2,500 concerts and educational activities.
Another activity is the big concerts: the first of them was that of Zubin Metha at the head of the New York Philharmonic, which gathered more than 120,000 people on 9 de Julio in 1987.
Since the 1960s, the Mozarteum has awarded nearly 600 scholarships to young performers and received 370 Argentine artists at its Atelier de la Cité des Arts in Paris. And, since 1970, the season ticket for young people this group was allowed to access major concerts with seats at very affordable prices.
The Zubin Metha concert organized by the Mozarteum in 1987. A milestone.
Without being anchored in the past, the institution is now increasing educational initiatives through cconcerts for small, podcasts, courses and other projects seeking to continue their indestructible tradition.