Austrian Cultural Form - Upcoming Events For March 2015
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008



Concert & Lecture | Cecelia Porter: Women Composers and Performers in Vienna 1918-1945 | March 24, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Cecelia Porter will be focusing on three women composers active in Vienna, their lifetimes overlapping so as to cover 1918 to 1945. The women in question are Mathilde von Kralik (1857-1944), Johanna Müller-Hermann (1878-1941) and Frida Kern (1891-1988). For the most part, these women are virtually unknown or little known today, even in Vienna. Amazingly, musical life in Vienna continued during these years despite the ongoing devastations and miseries of two World Wars, drastic inflation, the Great Depression, and the political and economic chaos leading to the Anschluss and National Socialism. Yet, even in those wretched times, the city was overflowing with new musical works and concert life. This new probe into the Vienna’s past illuminates a hidden, yet vibrant “micro-culture” in this city’s musical life.
This evening Cecelia Porter has called on the magnificent, internationally-known soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, resident soprano at the National Gallery of Art. Her pianist, Stan Engebretson, is the conductor of the National Philharmonic Chorale and professor at George Mason University.
Musicologist Cecelia Hopkins Porter is a long time classical music critic for The Washington Post. She holds music degrees (with honors) from Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland. Her many awards include a German Government grant for music study in Berlin, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant for research in Vienna, Austria’s Golden Cross of Honor for the Arts and Sciences, and other honors. Cecelia Porter has published two books on musical subjects: The Rhine as Musical Metaphor: Cultural Identity in German Romantic Music, published by Northeastern University Press in Boston; and Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present, published by the University of Illinois Press.
When: March 5, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: FREE | Please register at

 Piano Concert | Till Fellner | March 6, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Till Fellner’s international career and the list of his collaborators reads like a “Who’s Who” of classical music; he has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, and Lothar Zagrosek, among many others. Till Fellner first came to world attention in 1993 by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. He was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.
Program: Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Schumann
When: March 6, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: $70 | Please register at  

Concert | Minetti Quartet | March 13, 2015 | 7:30 pm

The Minetti Quartett has collected more important prizes  than any ensemble since 2003 when it received the Haydn Award at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by the International Rimbotti Competition for String Quartet in Florence, the Franz Schubert Competition in Graz, the national “Gradus ad Parnassum” Prize.  Soon after the formation of the ensemble it received strong support from the Herbert von Karajan scholarship, the Musica Juventutis Vienna, Live Music Now, Jeunesse Musicales Austria, Start – Scholarship of the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
Program: Mozart, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn
When: March 13, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: $70 | Please register at

EUNIC Concert Series | Yumeto Suenaga | March 19, 2015 | 7:30 pm

The ACFDC is pleased to partner with the EUNIC Concert Series and American University to present French classical pianist, Yumeto Suenaga. Suenaga was born in Paris in 1981 to painters and is of French-Japanese origin. In 1994, at the Conques Summer Festival, he was noticed by the Japanese pianist Akiko Ebi. Ebi strongly encouraged Suenaga to continue playing. Between 1995 and 2001, Suenaga studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Olivier Gardon, Billy Eidi, and he enriched his musical knowledge by attending courses from Marcel Bitsch and writing classes from Dominic Rossi. After winning two awards, he joined the Conservatory as a 'Department Soloist'. He subsequently received instruction from Nadine Wright between 2004 and 2007, and he studied with Eugen Indjic at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He obtained the highest distinctions, diplomas in 'virtuosity' and 'concert pianist' with a 'very good' rating from a unanimous jury.
The EUNIC Concert Series gives young emerging artists from Europe a platform to perform in Washington DC.  EUNIC Washington D.C. is a coalition of the following EU National Institutes of Culture: Alliance Française, Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Instituto Camoes, Italian Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and the Embassies of Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
When: March 19, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: $15 | Please register at


Werner Boote, director of Plastic Planet, explores the theme of population increase: The world’s current total of seven billion residents might double in 61 years. The production of food and consumer goods would have to increase considerably to satisfy the new demand, and the amount of refuse and pollution would grow as well. Written and directed by Werner Boote. Produced by Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter and Michael Kitzberger.
When: March 25, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
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Piano Concert | Florian Feilmair | March 31, 2015 | 7:30 pm

“Sensitivity and a wealth of nuances”, “pearly ease and aplomb” are only a few of the traits critics attributed to the young pianist Florian Feilmair. Born in 1989, he has already captured a considerable number of important prizes, among them the “Klassik.Preis.Österreich” [Austrian Prize for Classical Music] for his interpretation of Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto with the Mozarteum Orchestra at the “gradus ad parnassum” competition, in which he also won in the piano category. In 2011, he won first prize in the international piano competition "Neue Sterne" in Wernigerode, Germany and in 2013 he won 2nd Prize at XXVII Concurso Internacional de Piano Cidade Ferrol (Spain) and 3rd Prize in the international piano competition "Premio pianistico Silvio Bengalli"(Italy). In 2014, Florian Feilmair won 2nd Prize in the New Orleans International Piano Competition (USA) and the 2nd Prize at the International Piano Competition Verona.
Florian Feilmair’s concert career began in his schooldays at the Linz College of Music, where he made several appearances as a soloist with the in-house orchestra. In January 2014 he gave his debut at Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg. Florian Feilmair appears as soloist in concerts among others with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (2015), the Münchner Symphoniker (2015), the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Brucknerorchester Linz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode and the Philharmonie Salzburg.
When: March 31, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: FREE | Please register at

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