Special message on the 16th edition of ISATL by artistic director, Peter Ritzen
Dear ISATL participants, dear benefactors, dear music lovers;
Since decades we have organized year after year master classes in Vienna. After an interruption of 8 years we are back in business. Stronger, bigger than ever! We have managed to conceive a Faculty of world level musicians, professors, in the various disciplines of Music education. Inspiration, is our creed.
Artistry given through by great musicians, who are undeniable part of the great Music tradition of the past. I believe here strong in mission.
1. Mission for the students, who come to ISATL and try out their capabilities, test their level with fellow students, get enlightened, in passion, by our unique faculty.
2. A special mission for ISATL faculty, to shape great talents, inspire enthusiast pupils, accompanying them on their spiritual way of a performance, or learn them how to combine tradition, with self confidence.
Our 2015 international academy consists of lessons in Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocal; including Bel Canto and German Lied, Organ and even courses in Theory & Composition. All Professors are specialists in their field, and some of them world famous performers on the concert stage since many decades. Our master classes, originally founded in 1991, in Bad Ischl; were from the very first start, shaped in an aureole of romantic Tradition and authenticism. My personal believe in God, our Lord Jesus as our Saviour; has always strived, encouraged me, in my artistic direction of our music academy.. It has to be said, it is important to emphasize! Moreover, my personal bond with China, and that great Chinese Culture, is a basic reason why I have found this Leschetizky school, decades ago.
Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915) the genius mentor-teacher, was a man of passion, charm and supreme intellect. He believed more in the soul of his pupils than the ‘score’ of the composer. Because he, being a composer of notice himself, realized that the performer of that ‘written’ music needs to use her/his personal feelings to ‘express’ or ‘act’, what is beyond those notes and signs. He combined his supreme knowledge of technical skills with intellectual historic backgrounds, in an unprecedented charismatic manner. It is a message, often sadly used only (!), as ‘lip service’, in many music institutes around the world.
Another thing is that I want to openly testify why ISATL will not allow experimental and purely atonal experiments in Music. Classical Music audiences reject this affront in Arts firmly worldwide. Musicians from various statue, omit it silently, out of fear for the ‘subsidized’ cult of political correctness, in many Western countries. ISATL, is another world. A true world of Music. As we pride in great music, no matter popular, famous, jazzy whatsoever; ISATL wants it’s disciples to communicate artistically, with the existing and future audiences. This communication is morally based on Hope, Compassion, Truthfulness, and above all: LOVE. I congratulate all Professors for their eminent and noble efforts, they will spend at ISATL. And a heartily welcome to all those participants coming from around the world, to become part of this Renaissance in Music.
The NEW COSMOS!
Peter Ritzen, Beijing, September 22 2014.