I would like to say thank you to every staff and faculty who made this festival possible. Even though this festival was only two weeks long, I have gained lots of musical experience and became more mature as a musician.
–Yibiao Wang, Sept. 2010
This year, I went to the Vianden International Music Festival. Vianden is a very beautiful town. The temperature is very comfortable. It is a nice place for people who do not want to stay in a hot city in the summer. The town people were very nice and the town is very safe. The hotel was also great. Every day, the restaurant in the hotel serves delicious breakfast and lunch. It’s a great place for a summer vacation.
The most important thing was my musical experience. It was a pleasure for me to go to this festival. I have gained a lot musical experience through this event. This festival gathered young musicians and professional musician from everywhere around the world. I have also made many friends. Everyone in the festival is extremely talented. The students were able to play a piece just after a few days of rehearsals. We also got to see the faculties play together, something we don’t see a lot, even in music schools. The performances were very sophisticated, and the people attended, even the local people, applauded very warmly for all the performers. The students played very often. There is almost a performance every day. Everybody played at least twice. Some students even got to play five times! I got to play in the medieval Vianden Castle. It was the first castle I’ve ever been in (There is no castles in New York City). Not many people have the chance to play in a castle. We also got to go to the Trinitarier Church, where all the organ pieces were played. Some students also had the chance to play in Germany. There was Klezmer evening in the Ancien Cinema, which was a traditional Jewish music.
Many courses were offered in this festival. Every rehearsal and lessons are 45 min. long. There were French, German, and Italian diction class for the singers, but non-singers were also welcomed. A morning breathing class takes place every morning. During the two weeks, there were four private lessons and two studio class. There was also chamber music. The students would rehearse by themselves first, and then a faculty would come and coach. Extra private lessons can be also scheduled.
Even though this festival took place in Vianden, the town is easily access through buses and trains. In Luxembourg City, the train station is connected with trains and high-speed lines. When I came to the festival, I landed in Paris, and then took the TGV to Luxembourg. I also got to visit Brussels. The festival organized an excursion to Luxembourg City and Trier, one of the oldest towns in Germany.
I would like to say thank you to every staff and faculty who made this festival possible. Even though this festival was only two weeks long, I have gained lots of musical experience and became more mature as a musician. I had fun during my stay at Europe, and I wish more people would come to the festival and experience music deeper.