European Mozart Ways (EMW)
The EMW have been established in the context of the Europe-wide celebrations of Mozart's 250th anniversary upon initiative of the federal province of Salzburg already since 2002. Its main objective is to connect the most important MozartCities, Regions, cultural, academic and touristic institutions inten European countries into an active network.
Cultural travellers of today should be lead along the footsteps of the most widely travelled composer of the 18th century and the first truly European artist. The revival of Mozart's travel routes by the European Mozart Ways leads travellers to a renewed discovery of the most meaningful music, art and architectural venues of our cultural heritage in Europe.
The association mainly develops and promotes cultural, academic and touristic projects. Another focus for the near future will be onyouth projects towards the more integrated insertion of classical music into general education.
In 2004 the European Mozart Ways were designated as "Major Cultural Route" within the cultural route program of the Council of Europe. While for instance the Pilgrims Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela is rooted in a religious and spiritual background, the European Mozart Ways are the only Cultural Route which has as its center the life and work of a musician.
The association currently unites 49 members (cities, regions, tourism associations and cultural organizations) in 10 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Within their second project, supported by the EU, the EMW are coordinators for the overall project and connect the other member cities and organizations along the Mozart Ways in a joint program to promote training in the field of classical music. The main focus in the 1st year of the project will be on "Family Music" and in the second year on the overall intensification of music education.
Deutsche Mozartgesellschaft (DMG)
Project Partner 1
The Deutsche Mozartgesellschaft (DMG) is dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, researching his life, family and times, while also promoting Mozart events in the whole of Germany and particular in Augsburg, Leopold Mozart's birth place. Activities of the DMG are the regular publication of the journal "Acta Mozartiana" and two main annual Mozart related events: "Deutsches Mozartfest" (German Mozart Festival) and "Mozart-Musizierwoche" (Week of Mozart Playing), a training program for amateur musicians concentrated over one week.
In the EU project, DMG is responsible for preparing and realizing the music competition "Family Music", which will take place in 2012in Augsburg with the participation of European ensembles. Associated partner of the DMG for this part of the project is the cultural department of the City of Augsburg.
In addition the DGM will disseminate the project results in Germany and support the content management of a music-educational platform on the portal www.mozartways.com with the perspective to promote best practice examples in collaboration between an extensive national Mozart network and the multi-national EMW.
Nicolini Conservatory of Piacenza (GNC)
Project Partner 2
The "Nicolini Conservatory" of Piacenza (GNC), in keeping with European guidelines, develops and implements mobility programmes for both faculty and students.This academy of advanced music studies participates in cooperation projects and networks in order to further students´progress, contribute to deducate European citizens, counteract xenophobia and racism, improve the preparation of teachers and promote incultural dialogue.
In co-operation with Compagnia Teatrale Corona, GNC will prepare an innovative stage play on Mozart's life and music aimed at family audiences in several European countries. GNC will provide their expertise in the field of classical music education to establish the e-platform for music education on www.mozartways.com and assist in disseminating the project results in Italy.