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Mahler, Brahms and Bicycling


“In the next few days I am going to take a little trip to Ischl where I have been meeting Brahms for years.”


The second Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee takes a look at Mahler‘s relationship to a major contemporary, Johannes Brahms, whose death 120 years ago will be marked in 2017. Both artists enjoyed the area around Steinbach, Mahler directly in the village and Brahms in nearby Bad Ischl. The younger composer visited the elder several times in the period between 1893 and 1896 and did so, in fact, on his bicycle. Festival participants will be offered the chance to reenact Mahler’s trip to Bad Ischl. There we will hear Brahms‘s last works, some of which he composed in this imperial spa town. Beyond this, the Festival will, of course, offer concerts and presentations, an exhibit, and a birthday party for Gustav!



Mahler and Steinbach am Attersee

Gustav Mahler arrived in Steinbach am Attersee for the first time in the summer of 1893. The breathtaking surroundings worked wonders for Mahler’s creativity, inspiring half a dozen songs and most of two enormous symphonies (2nd and 3rd) composed over the course of four summers (through 1896) in a specially built hut at the water‘s edge.



Gustav Mahler Festival Steinbach

The Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach is an annual celebration held on the composer’s birthday (7 July) that presents musical gems as well as cultural and historical insights into this unique historical place. The program purposefully sets aside time for all participants to interact with one another and to enjoy the astounding natural setting in order to celebrate the many facets of Mahler’s inspiration. 


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Participants                       Mahler Festival 2017

Dr. Morten Solvik, Artistic Director of the Festival, Board of the Mahler Foundation and the International Gustav Mahler Society 

Mag. Georg Föttinger, Managing Director of the Festival

Herbert Lippert (Tenor), Staatsoper

Prof. Eduard Kutrowatz (Piano)

Dominik Dos-Reis (Speaker)

Ferdinand Nowitzky (Speaker)

Mag. Bernhard Robotka (Speaker)

Dr. Rotraud Kohlberger (Speaker)

Prof. Brent Wetters, Providence College

Marina Mahler, Founder of the Mahler Foundation, Mahler's granddaughter

Jill Segal, Mahler Foundation

Andrea Kleibel, Mahler Foundation

Cristian Ruscior (Violin)

Adrian Stanciu (Viola)

Liina Leijala (Cello)

Anna Magdalena Kokits (Piano)

Alexandra Silocea (Piano)

Petra Liedauer (Clarinet)

Nikolaus Wagner (Piano)

Matthew Rose (Bass)

Deirdre Brenner (Piano)

St. Peter´s Chamber Orchestra University of Oxford, Conductor John Warner

Anton Gerzenberg, Klavier

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