Along the European Mozart Routes
Rector Elisabeth Gutjahr emphasizes: "What particularly fascinates me about 'Bella Musica' is the enthusiasm with which young people are introduced to Mozart's music, his life, work and travels. This basic cultural and European project reflects the values of the Mozarteum University Salzburg in the best possible way. Our thanks go to all initiators, funding bodies and private supporters for their valuable contribution and commitment." This year's journey of the Bella Musica project is also dedicated to solidarity with Ukraine: Of the approximately 50 students that the Mozarteum University has accepted in recent months, some will also accompany Bella Musica on the Mozart Ways. This is intended as a further sign of peaceful coexistence in Europe. Franz Xaver Mozart, son of W. A. Mozart, who moved to Lemberg, today's Lviv, as a music teacher in 1808, builds a bridge to this. He was a successful pianist and music teacher there for many years. The highlight of the concert tour, which is planned from August 24 to September 4, 2022, will undoubtedly be the performance in Naples in the Great Hall of the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella, in addition to concerts in the Mozart cities of Terni, Rome, Terracina, Caserta and Ala-Rovereto. In addition, the young musicians with their artistic director Stefan David Hummel are looking forward to a concert in the monastery Certosa di San Giacomo on the island of Capri, which was also planned by W. A. Mozart. The concerts in Caserta, Naples and Capri are organized as part of the "Festival Barocco Napoletano" together with the Siti Reali, a State Administration of Castles and Gardens, which manages all the Bourbon palaces in Campania and has already enabled the Bella Musica Ensemble Project to perform numerous times since 2019. The cooperation with the association and cultural network "European Mozart Ways" (EMW) exists since 2017 and connects cities, regions and institutions in those ten European countries that Mozart visited on his travels. Bella Musica was awarded the title of young ambassador orchestra of the European Mozart Ways by the province of Salzburg. In addition to the long-standing cooperation with the renowned "Conservatorio Santa Cecilia" in Rome, the Mozarteum University has concluded another Erasmus cooperation with the important music university "Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella" in Naples in June 2022, thus promoting the exchange of young artists*.