The Organizing Committee members comprise:

Prof. FERNANDES, Marialena Prof. Marialena FERNANDES

Born in Mumbai, Marialena Fernandes has been since several years a recognized artist on the international scene.

After acquiring her Licentiate Diploma of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), Fernandes completed her education from the Mumbai University in Psychology.

Winner of the All India Beethoven Piano Competition, Fernandes was awarded a scholarship to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she received her Diploma in Piano and Chamber Music Performance with unanimous distinctions.
Her Professors were Walter Panhofer, Bruno Seidlhofer, Tamas Vasary, Stanislav Neuhaus, Wilhelm Kempf.

Solo, Chamber Music and Orchestra concerts in most European capitals followed, but also in USA, Australia, Africa and Asia. Annual TV and Radio broadcasts, CD recordings.

1988-2006 Professor for Piano and Chamber Music at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt.

Since 1991 Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Workshops, Masterclasses around the globe, Jury member at International Competitions.

Artistic Director and International Program Curator in Crossover projects, in which Fernandes incorporates classical, jazz and world music fusions with an emphasis on Improvistion. Intercultural exchange between Students, Teachers and Audiences.

Since 2007 Series Cycle „Uno, Due, Tre“ in the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna.
Musical Dialog between Educators, Students as well as Audience participation.

Fernandes has initiated several Projects with Women Composers and Gender themes.

In 2008 Marialena received the MIA Award for Woman with international background in the field of Art and Culture from the Austrian Ministry for Education and Culture.

2010 took the artist for a Sabbatical as scholar as well as faculty to the USA at the University of Urbana Champaign in Illinois.

2012 she was invited to participate at M.I.T Boston University in a Symposium on „Reconstructing Beethoven as Improvisor“.

2013 Fernandes attained the PhD degree from the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna.

Since 2015 Fernandes has initiated a project called „The Quest for Passion“ which takes place annually in India, in which she incorporates musicians from Europe and India in dialog with each other; but also involving talented youth discussing diverse artistic themes.


Prof. Luz Leskowitz was born in Salzburg and started to play violin at the age of six. At the age of thirteen, he was admitted to the Music-Academy in Vienna where he studied with Vasa Prihoda and later with Riccardo Odnoposoff. At the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he studied viola and violin with Ernst Wallfisch. After that he studied with Ernst Wallfisch in Lucerne and with Yehudi Menuhin in London. Luz started a successful career with concerts in Europe, the Far and the Middle East, Africa, the USA (New York – Carnegie recital-hall, Alice Tully hall in Lincoln Centre and New York Town Hall), Brasilia, Russia, Korea and Japan.

Luz’s chamber music partners in the past and at present include Stefan Askenase, Paul Badura-Skoda, Wilhelm Kempff, Ingrid Haebler, Jörg Demus, Detlef Kraus, Jeremy Menuhin, Igor Oistrach, Alberto Lysy, Mstislav Rostropovitsch, David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff, Elly Ameling, Karl Leister, Hermann Baumann, Michala Petri, the Bartók-Quartet, Voces-Quartet, Members of the Amadeus Quartet and many, many others.

Inspired by the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Luz Leskowitz founded his first Chamber Music Festival in Germany, the Harzburger Musiktage in 1970. Motivated by the enormous success of his festival, he then founded 11 other International Chamber Music Festivals and Competitions in Austria, in Russia, in Korea, in Romania and all over Germany. Luz was the first and only one who started together with Hermann Baumann the “First International Hand-Horn Competition”. In 1979, he formed his own ensemble, the Salzburger Solisten. Since its formation, the ensemble performs regularly all over the world (Vienna-Musikverein, Amsterdam-Concertgebouw, London-Wigmore Hall, Milano – Verdi-Hall, Moscow / Conservatory etc.).

Luz was invited to serve as jury in many competition, including the first Brahms-Competition in Hamburg, the “International David Oistrakh Competition” etc. and started the “Intern. Salzburg-Mozart Chamber Music Competition” in Tokyo. Luz had also taught in various master classes especially on classic and romantic chamber music repertoire, in different countries like Japan, Korea and Russia.

Luz received from the Russian Government the “Lomonossov-Medaille” for cultural engagement in and outside Russia, and from the President of the Republic of Austria the title “Professor” for cultural engagement worldwide.

Luz Leskowitz is playing on the Stradivari Violin “Ex Prihoda” from 1707.

Mag. MAYER, Phoebe







Being a professional in arts and culture, Mag. Hubert THURNHOFER was born on 11.3.1963 in Mürzzuschlag, Austria.

Study in University Vienna (Philosophie, Russisch)

Diploma, „Musil als Philosoph“

11/1989 – 6/1994
Lecturer for Deutsch und österreichische Landes- und Kulturkunde at Linguistik Universität and Handels Universität, Moscow

Since 1994
Journalist, Media Consultant, Communication Consultant in Wien
Galerist, Director des Kunstraums in den Ringstrassen Galerien, Wien

„Musil als Philosoph“
„Ganz Mürzzuschlag“
„Glaube Hoffnung Management. Entscheidungsfindung in Unternehmen“
„Das Testament des Damien First. Kunstkrimi“
„Die Kunstmarkt-Formel“

Prof. WALLNIG, Josef Prof. Josef WALLNIG

Josef Wallnig was born in Salzburg, Austria, he studied piano, composition and conducting (Hans Swarowsky) at the Academies of Music in Salzburg, Vienna and Rome.

He worked as assistant of Karl Böhm at the Salzburg Festivals, where he later on (in 2006) conducted the early operas of W.A.Mozart (“Apollo et Hyacinthus” and “Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots”).

Since 1980 Josef Wallnig is professor for opera interpretation at the University of Music Mozarteum Salzburg; he was Chair of the Opera department as well as Vicerector of the Mozarteum. In 2006 he founded the Mozart Opera Institute MOI, which he developed to an international well known institution. In 2009 he conducted “Don Giovanni” in Peking , and in 2013 “Bastien and Bastienne” in Macao.

Josef Wallnig taught and conducted (masterclasses) in the USA, in Russia (at Bolshoi Theatre 2016), China, Korea, Egypt as well as in many European countries. He gives lectures at the Salzburg Festivals every year.

In 2008 he received the doctorship of honour of the Academy of Music Vilnius/Lithuania.

2010 Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class.

Prof. WEBER, Andreas Prof. Andreas WEBER

Andreas Weber studied piano with Prof. Karin Merle at the Musikhochschule Köln/Germany and Prof. Hans Leygraf/Mozarteum Salzburg Austria, and further with E. Leonskaja, B.Seidlhofer and V.Margulis.

Diploma in the international piano competition Tomassoni. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout in Europe and Asia, especially with Trio Cartellieri and as partner with the violinist Albert Fischer. He holds master classes on music in music universities in Cincinnati/United States, Belgium, Seoul, Gwangju/Korea,Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Yamaha Center, Tokio, Beijing, Great Wall Academy at the National Academy of Music in Hanoi/Vietnam and is also jury member in national and international competitions in Germany, Austria, Japan, China and Australia.

CD productions with the Austrian cellist Hanna Spielbüchler (Brahms, Schubert, Franck) and Trio Cartellieri (Turina, Takacs, Piazzolla) and with Austrian violinist Albert Fischer (Mozart, Schubert and Brahms).

Since 2002, Andreas Weber is professor for piano in the university “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria. Many of his students won first prizes in the national youth competitions of Germany and Austria and also won many prizes in renowned international piano competitions.

Since 2005, he is head of the Leopold Mozart Institute, University Mozarteum Salzburg, and the representative for furthers exceptionally talented young musicians in their artistic development especially through international concert engagements.

Since 2009 he is also professor at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum.

Mag. ZHAO, Linhong Mag. ZHAO Linhong

Mag. Zhao Linhong is member of Chinese Artists Association. She studied at the Department of Art of Harbin Normal University where she received her Bachelor Degree. She studied at the Department of Applied Fine Arts, Munich School of Art, Germany From 1990 to 1997 where she received her Master Degree in art.

In 1984, her work “Northeast girl” participating in the Sixth National Art Exhibition was granted the outstanding works award.

In 1999, she set up the “Lin Hong Gallery” in Salzburg, and established Salzburg Chinesische Sprachschule and Salzburg Chinesisches Kulturzentrum in 2012.