Federal Minister Kurz: New edition of „The New Austrian Sound of Music

Vienna, December 31, 2015

Fifth edition of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ successful young musicians programme starts in January 2016

January 2016 marks the start of the international concert trips of those musicians, who were selected to be part of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ music programme “The New Austrian Sound of Music (NASOM)” for the years 2016/17. Federal Minister, Sebastian Kurz showed himself pleased with the high artistic level of the participants who hail from the genres classical, jazz, world music, new music and pop. “These young musicians splendidly represent the broad scope and diversity of the Austrian music scape. I am especially delighted that we already now have received a great number of international invitations for the New Austrian Sound of Music for 2016.”

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Madrid, the Pop-group HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys) will perform at the open-air concert at the opening of the European Capital of Culture Donostia-San Sebastián in January 2016. The NASOM-Chamber-Ensemble “Giocoso String Quartet” will, as winner of the ‘Musica Viva Australia Prize 2015’, be going on an extended concert tour through Australia and New Zealand. Also the Cultural For a in Teheran and Prague will host their own “NASOM Concert Series” in 2016.

The young musicians programme “The New Austrian Sound of Music” was initiated by the FMEIA in 2002 and ventures into its fifth edition for the biennium of 2016/17. The 25 ensembles and soloists, who have been chosen for the programme are supported in their international performances by the Austrian Cultural Fora, Embassies and Consulates General as best possible. Support involves the organisation of concerts as well as the recommendation to foreign organisers and festivals. “This support by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides an important starting boost for the young musicians outside of Austria”, said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kurz.