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AMP becomes Friedrich Gulda School of Music Wien

We are very pleased to share this news:

With the beginning of the winter semester 22/23 the "International Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna" will be called "Friedrich Gulda School of Music Wien".

Friedrich Gulda was a pioneer in the world of music. As a world-class pianist, he could have remained in a traditional career. But even at the age of 20, he recognized the importance of jazz and other popular musical forms as vital forces of contemporary musical expression. As early as 1960, when musical styles beyond the classical were still frowned upon at music academies, Gulda championed them, founded the first international jazz competition in Vienna in 1966, and from then on created music as a composer that still resonates across barriers and stylistic boundaries. 

In the hearts of many young musicians and in concert life today, this openness is a living reality. At the Friedrich Gulda School of Music Vienna, the entire educational path should be characterized by this attitude. 

The connection with the name of the great musician Friedrich Gulda means both encouragement and obligation: inner fire, passionate dedication, patient work, looseness and humor, but above all love for music, for people in their culture and environment: all this should guide the activities at the Friedrich Gulda School of Music Vienna.

The school is aware of the traditions of Vienna as a city of music and at the same time stands for the departure to necessary new developments in the musical forms of the 21st century. Its commitment to modern and contemporary music education is reflected in its curricula and planned curriculum development. 

Together with the school management, the dedicated teaching staff and in close cooperation with the sons Paul and Rico Gulda, the Conservatory is working on an education that, in addition to the craftsmanship of the young artists, pays special attention to their individual development and expansion of the young people's horizons.


Authored on May 12th, 2022