MOZART CHILDREN´S ORCHESTRA
Mozart, too easy for children, too difficult for adults. (Artur Schnabel)
Children's Orchestra founded in 2012 is an ensemble consisting of young and
very young musicians. 62 young players aged between 7 and 12, from music
schools in Salzburg and Bavaria, present themselves in two concerts during the
Mozart Week and in further projects.
Mozart Children’s Orchestra is intended as a motivation for young musicians. We
are convinced that Mozart’s music is particularly suitable as the prime aim of
such a project, and we hope the orchestra will provide a strong incentive and
an exemplary contribution to early musical training. Even very young musicians
are capable of fulfilling the technical and musical demands of works by Mozart
and other composers, and of conveying their enthusiasm to audiences.
all the experience of playing in an orchestra is crucial for the motivation for
young children. In our region it is difficult to become part of an ensemble at
an early age (usually not before a musician is 15 years old) and so the
orchestra should also be an example for other children, motivating them perhaps
to learn to play an instrument.
Mozart Children’s Orchestra made its debut in the Mozart Week 2013. The concert
was conducted by Christoph Koncz and Marc Minkowski, and presented by Sven-Eric
Bechtolf. After its debut performance the young orchestra had a very special
encounter during the summer of the same year: the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional
Infantil de Venezuela – the children’s orchestra of the El Sistema movement – which gave guest performances at the Salzburg
Festival that year, came together with the Mozart Children’s Orchestra for a
joint public rehearsal. Witnessing the way music transcends borders made a deep
impression on those involved, and innumerable pen-pal letters still prolong
the Mozart Week 2014 the Mozart Children’s Orchestra performed symphonies by
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, also Darf ich… by Arvo Pärt. Besides the Mozart Week the year 2014 saw another
special project for the orchestra with the Salzburg Festival: the first joint
concert of the Mozart Children’s Orchestra and the Salzburg Festival Children’s
Choir! The choir, directed by Wolfgang Götz, has been an integral part of
Salzburg’s opera and concert productions for years; its members are aged between
six and sixteen and are called in for projects depending on the occasion. In
this first concert the orchestra and the chorus initially performed separately
– the orchestra played Mozart’s Symphony K. 45a, and the chorus sang three a cappella songs – before joining forces
for Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, in which
members of the Young Singers Project sang the solo roles.
In the Mozart Week 2015, conducted by Marc Minkowski and Christoph Koncz, the Mozart Children´s Orchestra and the Superar Choir touched on the theme of transcendence, led by Sunnyi Melles. From "Bastien and Bastienne" by the twelve-year-old Mozart to the ninety-year-old Elliott Carter´s "Sound Fields". On the way, the audience encountered the deeply-felt emotion of Schubert´s German Mass and Mozart´s Freemason compositions - musical approaches to differing depictions of the Creator, the "soul of universe".