MusXchange bilateral chamber music projects

This new bilateral chamber music format created within MusXchange 2015-17 is based on the collaboration of two project partners who organise chamber music activities and concert performances in both countries involved. The scheme is supplemented with workshops on intercultural dialogue, music interpretation, and communicating music to local audiences. Four pilot projects were planned to take place at various venues in Austria – Romania, France, Scotland – Netherlands, and Italy – Portugal in 2015 and 2016. The objectives were to create awareness for the different backgrounds of the two countries’ musical history and differences in music education, to encounter the classic, traditional and contemporary music repertoire of both countries, to deal with different rehearsal and performance practices, and to engage with various audiences at local level.

Bilateral chamber music projects are composed of musicians of both countries, and performed in various settings. They should provide a new experience for musicians to adapt and integrate within a very short period under the guidance of experienced tutors. The format should have a distinct feature on engaging with local audiences in innovative ways, through moderation of the concerts by musicians of both countries, by interacting with audiences which should include children, youth, disadvantaged persons, audiences with limited access to music performance, and concerts which should happen outside “usual” concert venues, i.e. in social centres, hospitals, schools, museums, shopping centres, open public spaces, etc.