Vienna Music Experience. Where do you find the best classical music when in town? Honestly, it’s a bit like sightseeing: the best places to visit in my home city are easy to identify. But how do you get the most out of these places? And how do you get the most out of classical music, especially in the city of music? While expert guides can change your perspective of a place, what about your perspective of music? I hadn’t asked myself this question, until I met Maestro Campestrini.
A conductor and pianist with a busy international schedule, Viennese Christoph Campestrini doesn’t just enjoy swinging the baton: “When I am on the road my main objective is to communicate, with orchestras as well as with audiences. Therefore, it is a special privilege for me to be in touch with music lovers on a one-to-one basis. I want to share my passion for the works I perform and to answer questions about these works or classical music in general. The Maestro Masterclass a wonderful way to do this and establish a link with people interested in music.”
Private Vienna Music Experience
Vienna Music Experience. To get behind the façade of the ‘city of music’, classical music fans can now pull Maestro Campestrini off his pedestal. (Because he is approachable and uncomplicated, they will find little resistance…). Quite extraordinary for an accomplished conductor Campestrini tunes his musical expertise so it resonates with each level of musical knowledge.
During his Maestro Masterclasses guests sound out Vienna’s classical tradition with Campestrini: What are the secrets of Viennese music making and what role do the arts in general play in today`s life in Austria?
Lillian Martin, US-based editor and Maestro Masterclass customer 2019
1. Concert And Opera Exclusive
Vienna Music Experience. Have you ever read a music criticism of a concert or opera you attended? I sometimes do and it is as if I went to a different event. So many stunning passages, masterstrokes and embarrassing moments in the orchestra pit that I missed!
To fully savor an evening at Musikverein, Konzerthaus or the Vienna State Opera some expert insight goes a long way. When he is in town the Maestro exclusively accompanies guests to a concert or opera of their choice. Over coffee and drinks, Campestrini outlines the specific work’s background. Most interestingly, he shares insight into the ‘making of’ like no concert program booklet would do it. This means music fans will know what to listen out for as they lean back and enjoy the music. During intermission and after the show, the guests exchange their thoughts with the Maestro on the artistic interpretation.
2. The Sounds of Vienna
Vienna Music Experience. Particularly fervent classics aficionados love to own the space, so they arrange a private music session with Christoph Campestrini. In one of Vienna’s smaller piano salons the Maestro introduces his guests to the traditions of Viennese music making: from Mozart and Beethoven to Schubert, from Strauß to Mahler.
During their conversations with the Maestro and a presentation, music fans usually get behind a range of questions: Why were Europe’s most important composers like Beethoven and Mahler drawn to Vienna? How did their presence create a world-unique performance tradition? What did the likes of Mozart and Schubert contribute to Vienna’s musical tradition? Which performance practices did they share? And what makes Viennese music making so special?
And quite often the Maestro’s piano will deliver the answers.
SDS, Philadelphia, Maestro Masterclass customer 2022
3. A Viennese Music Salon
Vienna Music Experience. Historically, salons were the Viennese’s idea of dinner parties. In regular intervals, aristocrats and citizens used to invite local celebrities to join in polite debates, and listen to music and theater. Mozart aria or Schubert lied: to this very day the Viennese public easily falls in love with beautiful music and charming voices.
Along with the recent revival of the Wiener Salons, Campestrini has recreated a Viennese Music Salon for private guests. In this exclusive salon, the Maestro and internationally acclaimed soprano Flaka Goranci introduce their guests to Vienna`s rich vocal tradition (think Mozart and Schubert). At the end of the afternoon or evening, salon guests won’t just have revived an inspiring local tradition. They will know how Vienna developed its rich opera tradition and specific style of performance, and how opera reached an unparalleled height in this city.
4. Beethoven – Story of A Musical Giant
In the run up and during the Beethoven anniversary year 2020, Maestro Campestrini will conduct a special Maestro Masterclass.
Perfect for those who want to complement a public anniversary concert or exhibition with exclusive insight into Beethoven from a top musician’s perspective. Read more in Beethoven in Vienna.
About Christoph Campestrini
Vienna Music Experience. Christoph Campestrini unites Austria’s musical tradition and the cosmopolitan education received in New York. He studied conducting, composition, philosophy and languages at The Juilliard School and at Yale University.
The pianist and conductor now maintains an active worldwide conducting schedule, having appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Prague Radio Symphony, Budapest Radio Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and many more.
In 2016 Christoph Campestrini was appointed Kapellmeister at the prestigious Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. Every season he is also a regular guest conductor in the United States and Canada. There, he has worked with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and many others.
How To Arrange A Private Vienna Music Experience
Would you like to meet Maestro Campestrini in a Maestro Masterclass? Email me for further information about locations and pricing at barbara.cacao(at)vienna-unwrapped.com