University course string quartett (Hagen Quartett)The course in string quartet playing intensifies chamber music at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and makes it possible to study quartet playing at a high level.
The members of the Hagen Quartet invite all ensembles who are seriously devoted to quartet playing and who already play at a high standard to attend this course. Attention is focused mainly on interpreting major works of various stylistic epochs with the aim of working on concert programmes and preparing for participation in international competitions. During the course each quartet is taught by all members of the Hagen Quartet and thus experiences questions of interpretation from all standpoints.
Extensive musical training is offered to the ensembles and their individual members; chamber music is predestined for this more so than any other sphere.
The university course is intended for graduates of a relevant artistic degree course at a recognised institution of post-secondary education in Austria or abroad (e.g. Bachelor, Master or Diploma course). String quartets who already have experience in playing together are particularly welcome.
Eligibility for enrolment is proof of a completed degree at a recognised post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad, and of having passed the enrolment examination.
The course lasts three semesters. At the recommendation of the course director the study period can be shortened or lengthened by one semester and has to be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for teaching.
For the enrolment examination a programme has to be presented which must contain a string quartet by Mozart or Beethoven, a string quartet from the romantic period and a string quartet chosen by the candidates. From the proposals made, the examining board chooses an audition programme of at least 30 minutes.
The intermediate examination takes place at the end of the 2nd semester in the form of a public concert. The programme has to contain works from at least three stylistic epochs (Classical, Romantic, Modern).
The final examination takes place at the end of the 3rd semester in the form of a public concert. The programme should contain a string quartet by Bartok, a string quartet from Beethoven’s middle or late creative period and a string quartet chosen by the candidates.
The successful participation in this course is recognised after the intermediate and final examinations have been successfully passed, and the title “Academic Chamber Music Player” is awarded.
The course fee for each participant amounts to € 500 per semester and has to be paid in advance.