So they can claim that they heard artists before they became famous?
Exactly. Many global stars began their careers with us, from Kirill Petrenko and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, via Heinrich Schiff and Rudolf Buchbinder to Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Khatia Buniatishvili and Jessica Hausner. We also have a programme for gifted children and young people. The latest concert in the Bank Austria Salon was fantastic. If you had had your eyes closed you would never have imagined that a child was sitting at the piano.
What do you find so interesting about the Bank Austria Salon in the Altes Rathaus?
The Fazioli piano is very special. Alongside Steinway and Bösendorfer, they are one of the world’s top piano makers. We work hard to provide our students with the best possible resources. For pianists in particular it is essential that a first-class piano is available.
Are you sometimes surprised by the professionalism of your students when they are on stage?
Not surprised, but incredibly proud that they perform so brilliantly. This also gives me more strength to do my work. Our level is very high. By passing the entrance examination, every student actually wins an international competition. The pandemic presented very serious challenges to artistic education because we had fewer opportunities for physical teaching. This makes us even more delighted that, despite the lockdown and digital teaching, our students practiced so rigorously that they were able to maintain their high quality.