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Art in CEE

Bank Austria Artforum

With the Bank Austria Artforum, Bank Austria has created a kind of umbrella brand name that is designed to integrate all projects sponsored by Bank Austria in its core markets.

Central and Eastern Europe is the most important future market in Europe and Bank Austria has secured a leading role in this region. Drawing a logical conclusion from this, Bank Austria extended its sponsoring activities to this area.

International Music Forum Trenta

August 21 to August 28, 2016: Free Master Course for string instruments

Members of the Wiener Philharmoniker teach instrumental and chamber music.

Professors of the Wiener Philharmoniker make highly talented students familiar with the tradition of the world-renowned Viennese sound of music: this is the aim of Trenta International Music.

Therefore, all of the teachers at the Trenta International Music Forum in summer 2016 will again be professors of the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Participation in the course and accommodation are free of charge.

Participants in the course will be selected by the appropriate professor either on the basis of an audition in Vienna or after receipt of a compact disk, audio or video tape recorded by the applicants. The participants will form chamber music ensembles during the course. The teachers will select pieces of chamber music and send the scores to the students in good time before the course starts. Lessons will be given daily and attendance is open to the general public interested in music.

The best students will be presented at two concerts given in Slovenia (Bovec: Solo Concert, August 27, 7.30 p.m.; Trenta: Chamber Music Concert, August 28, 11.00 a.m.). The final concert of this year’s Trenta Master Course will take place in the "Brahms-Saal" of Vienna’s Musikverein on September 22, 2016.


The master Course for the violin, the viola, the violoncello and chamber music took place under the aegis of the Wiener Philharmoniker for the frst time in summer 2000. From the 1970s onwards, Professor Alfred Staar, who was frst violinist of the Wiener Philharmoniker in his active years and also made international appearances as a soloist, increasingly devoted his energy to the training of young talented musicians.

He initiated and founded this course and pursued this activity in the last years of his life with enthusiasm, a strong commitment and great pleasure. The first course in Trenta was overshadowed by his sudden death on 28 April 2000.

Conditions of participation

by April 25, 2016

Registration material:
Curriculum vitae accompanied by a disc or cassette (only CD, DVD, MC or VHS-tape) with a classical and a romantic piece (excerpts, about 15 minutes)

Please note that in case of an acception the participation in the master class (August 21 -28, 2016) as well as in the concert in the Musikverein (September 22) will be mandatory.

Age limit:
25 years

Duration of the course
Arrival: August 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Course: August 22 to 27, 2016
Departure: August 28, 2016


Milan Šetena
Obere Weissgerberstraße 19/12,
A-1030 Wien
Phone: + 43 (0) 676 744 95 70

Bank Austria
Edeltraude Obwegeser
E-mail: edeltraude.obwegeser@unicreditgroup.at


The multilinguality of Eastern Europe in a book series

"EditionZwei gives original languages space and makes the European East's voice heard," says the Carinthian publisher Lojze Wieser. Since 2002 Bank Austria edits the literary books series EditionZwei in Wieser publishing house.

EditionZwei comprises works of Eastern European authors in the original language and in German in one volume. The authors are chosen together with KulturKontakt Austria.

For Bank Austria, a member of UniCredit Group, the by far leading banking group in Central and Eastern Europe, the way to a joint Europe is a socio-cultural process too. EditionZwei tries to contribute to a wider understanding of the cultures and to open up the literature of bordering languages. Therewith it brings allegedly distant near.


Ákos Fodor: "Gonghangok / Gongklänge"

Boris Chersonskij: "Familienarchiv"

Renata Šerelyte: "Blaubarts Kinder"


Agda Bavi Pain: "Koniec sveta / Am Ende der Welt"

Srdan Valjarevic: "Como / Komo"

Palmi Ranchev: "Malko kasmet za po-kasno / Ein bißchen Glück für später"

Rudolf Jurolek: "Život je možný / Das Leben ist möglich"


Anna Zonová: "Za trest a za odménu /  Zur Strafe und zur Belohnung"


Theodora Dimova: "Maitike"

Florin Lazarescu: "Trimisul nostru special"


Asmir Kujovic: "Obecana zemlja"


Marija Knezevic: "Knjiga o nedostajanju"

Marian Draghici: "Lumina, incet ..."

Georgi Gospodinov: "Gaustin oder Der Mensch mit den vielen Namen"


Stanko Andric: "Simurg"

Marusa Krese: "Yorkshire torba"

Jana Juranova: "So siete odeta"


Katerina Rudcenková: "... neni nutne, abyste me navstevoval"

Wlodzimierz Kowalewski: "Powrot do Breitenheide"

Károly Méhes: "A szakall – masodszor/Nem vesz el, csak atalakul"

Bank Austria Literaris

Agda Bavi Pain is the winner of "Bank Austria Literaris 2008"

Staged for the second time in 2008, the Bank Austria Literaris award is a sponsorship award for literary works from Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Currently, its total prize money of 100,000 euros is the highest awarded for literature from this part of the world.
The winner of the Bank Austria Literaris 2008 is Slovakian author Agda Bavi Pain with his "Koniec sveta" (At the End of the World). Coming in second and third are Srdan Valjarevic, Serbia, with "Komo" (Como), and Palmi Rancev, Bulgaria, with "Malko kasmet za po-kasno" (A Little Luck for Later).

This year, a special prize for poetry was up for grabs, too. It was awarded to Slovakian poet Rudolf Jurolek for his book "Život je možný" (Life is Possible).

Palmi Rancev (Bulgaria), Rudolf Jurolek (Slowkia), Srdan Valjarevic (Serbia), winner Agda Bavi Pain (Slowakia), Günter Kaindlstorfer, Annemarie Türk, KulturKontakt Austria, Anton Kolarik, Bank Austria, György Dalos, Festredner, Lojze Wieser, publisher

Roadmap to the breakthrough

Chaired by Czech writer and President of the international P.E.N. Club, Jirí Gruša, the jury again discussed this year’s numerous candidates. After looking through some 800 texts, it compiled a short list of 25 titles, from which the winners of the Bank Austria Literaris 2008 were finally chosen.

The award winning works by the three main award winners of the Bank Austria Literaris 2008 competition have already been translated into German and published by Wieser Verlag with support from KulturKontakt Austria; additionally, the winner will receive a sponsorship award carrying prize money of 7,500 euros.

The winning texts along with further writings by seven excellent authors will be presented at a series of readings in Vienna. Thus, the authors are given an opportunity to introduce themselves to a larger audience and draw attention to the complexity of their literary heritage and origins.

Microcosm of change

Eastern European literature is experiencing a new awakening. Like no other region and for many years now, it has reacted to the radical changes sweeping our world. The narrative expression of a new beginning, imagination living up to the freedom to determine form and content, and the courageous exploration of what is by now not all that novel anymore, these are just a few of the characteristics of this relatively young literary scene. What’s more, the writing skills of these authors are remarkable and form the basis for a highly original narrative style that makes Eastern European literature an important current of the early 21st century – a major contribution to the literature of our day.

Europe is a winner, too

Against this backdrop, Bank Austria sees its responsibility in bringing together the knowledge and sensitivity needed to create a platform that enables authors in this important region to harness a strong network and realize their potential to attract a wide readership. That benefits all those involved: Eastern Europe’s cultural scene, the authors themselves, readers – and last but not least Europe as a whole, which has a vested interest in growing together even further.

Within this context, Bank Austria sees itself as a partner and supports the integration of Central and Southeastern Europe on many levels.