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Wind and Percussion Instruments

  Head of programme: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Arno Steinwider-Johannsen

  Vice head of programme: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Thomas List

Major Subjects

The range of wind and percussion instrument courses targets the “Best of the Best” and focuses on the job descriptions of soloist, ensemble musician, orchestra musician and instrumental teaching (IGP) in the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
International soloists and members of the large Vienna Orchestras are guaranteed excellent training in the central artistic subjects of saxophone, recorder, orchestra wind instruments and percussion.
The typical “Viennese instruments” (Viennese oboe, Vienna horn, Viennese timpani) are also taught along with the French oboe and double horn; historic instruments and auxiliary instruments complete the course contents.
Contemporary music, instrumental excellence and interdisciplinarity are the central focuses of the teaching and research. Providing innovative solutions, they enable our students to successfully face the challenges of an evolving music market. In previous years, this has led to the foundation of multi-award-winning start-up projects and world-class ensembles such as Five Sax, Mobilis quartet, Vivid Consort and the Federspiel group.
Opportunities to perform in the Wiener Musikverein, at the Salzburg Festival and at the Wien Modern Music Festival, regular practice auditions, masterclasses, art projects and a friendly student atmosphere ensure an optimal study environment.

The outstanding standard of our students and graduates can be seen in successful auditions at the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Bavarian State Opera, Quatars Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, RSO Frankfurt, RSO Wien etc. They excel with prizes at international competitions (Adolphe Sax International Competition, the Fanny Mendelssohn Prize, Osaka International Music Competition) and their engagements leads them to the most important venues of the international music scene, such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall New York.

Contact information

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Arno Steinwider-Johannsen
Johannesgasse 4a
1010 Vienna
3. Stock | Room 3.08

Mobile: +43 664 606 47 440

Info on the study programme

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Wind and percussion instruments at the MUK


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Johannesgasse 4a
1010 Vienna


+43 1 512 77 47


+43 1 512 77 47-7913


Monday — Friday: 8.00 — 16.00
(after prior notice)
Closed on Saturday, Sundays and bank holidays