Servus aus Wien!

Hi and greetings from Vienna, Austria! You know, the city of operas, Mozart, Conchita Wurst, sachertorte and fiakers.

I’m currently doing my Erasmus exchange at the Conservatory Vienna Private University. To be honest, it has been really great and my time here has really opened my eyes of how to really study music. My teacher also happens to be the principal tuba of the Vienna Philharmonics AND the Vienna State Opera. Here’s also so much music everywhere that at first it was a little bit overwhelming. I’ve enjoyed my exchange here so much that I decided to extend my stay to last the whole year.

Keiko Abe masterclass
Keiko Abe masterclass

The school is relatively small – there’s also another music university on here and that is the bigger one. I however enjoy my school and I’m really impressed of how much students work here. They not only practice many hours a day but they really take initiative themselves when it comes to for example making chamber music together. I’ve also been introduced to the amazing thin of “academic freedom” when it comes to choosing the courses. I have for example taken courses from dancing and acting departments as well as being encouraged to take part of opera choir in the spring. I have also arranged and played Finnish music with jazz trombone player and jazz singer. Me – classically trained tuba player.

National library
National library

Vienna itself is also like a piece of art. Especially the old city which belongs to the UNESCO heritage targets. You can really see and sense the imperial era in all the beautiful buildings.

Of course Vienna is full of music! The history of western classical music is of course very rich in here with composers like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and so on. I was however very surprised of the amount of jazz bars and modern music concerts in here. I’m really looking forward to the International Saxfest in March.

Making some korvapuusti for the other Erasmus students
Making some korvapuusti for the other Erasmus students

Vienna is also a little bit old-fashioned and there are lot of traditions in here. I was surprised the amount of papers and paperwork that still has to be done in here. You cannot most of the things on computer, so you really have to go with paper A from place X to Y. And when it comes to music, Vienna does everything it’s own way: Viennese horn, Viennese oboe, Viennese version of German bow (double bass) and so on. But it’s also very charming in a way. People also alway chuckle a little bit when I tell them I play tuba. I wonder why…

Brass section of the first orchestra project in October
Brass section of the first orchestra project in October

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