Welcome to VIAF 2019

This year the Vienna International Arts Festival is happy to invite you to celebrate dance and music from the 15th to 21th of July in Vienna. You will enjoy  :

  • Competition
  • Masterclasses
  • Performances
  • Concerts
  • The Charity Gala concert


At the VIAF, participants can choose between music or dance to compete. The competition for soloists and chamber musicians will be held in a beautiful hall, the so-called "Klaviergalerie". For dancers, choirs and orchestras the competition takes place in the prestigious "MuTh" Theater and will be judged by a selection of top international well known and respected professionals. As one of the highlights, the finest participants selected by the jury will present their best work at the Charity Gala Award Concert.


At VIAF, you can apply for a performance, independent of the competition. Chamber musicians, ensembles, orchestras and choirs are welcomed to apply. Solo performers are to asked to bring professional skills. The program can vary from one single piece to a broader program. Either way, VIAF offers a unique opportunity to perform on Vienna´s most magnificent stages: The MUTH Theater. 

If you are interested in performing at the VIAF, please send your video application. 


As part of the festival, master classes and workshops offer a range of continuing education and training opportunities, which are led by renowned, highly qualified professionals. These trainings also serve as a platform for intercultural communication and exchange of experiences. In particular, we want to highlight the master classes and workshops for ballet and folk-dance. These unique classes are held at the "Music and Art University Vienna" (MUK). The Choir Workshop will be held at "Haus der Musik".   


Orchestra and band Workshops

All participants shall prepare their respective piece for the first workshop. At the second workshop, the participant will work on a piece selected by the workshop lecturer. The music notes will be provided by the festival, as well as participants.

Choir workshops 

The program rehearse is guided by  an internationally acclaimed choral expert for stimulating artistic and interpretive guidance. For an effective rehearsal, participants and choir group leader are asked to prepare one piece in advance. 

Folk dance group workshops  

Participants may take part in a character dance group from their countries.

Contributors for the music program

Prof.ELisabeth Dvorak Weisshaar

Solo Jury

Prof.Christian Dallinger

Orchestra Jury & Workshop lecturer

Prof. Ronen Nissan

Choir Jury & Workshop lecturer

Prof. Mag.Helga Meyer-Wagner

Choir Jury president

Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin

Masterclass for Solo & chamber music

Daniel Rueda Blanco

Choir Jury & Workshop lecturer

Prof.Oleg Poliansky

Masterclass for Solo & chamber music

Bernhard Philipp Eder

Orchestra Jury & Workshop lecturer

Mag. Rudolf Nekvasil

Solo & Chamber music Jury

Prof. Eugeniy Chevkenov

Masterclass for Solo & chamber music

Afshin Khaef

Orchestra Jury & Workshop lecturer

Contributors to the dance progam


Jury President

Sawako Haruyama

Director of  Kyoto Competition

Zhao Yifei

Director of Liaoning ballet school


Artistic Director of the Hungarian Dance Academy

Mihail Sosnovschi

Ballet Jury & Masterclass lecturer

Sandra Castro-Mühlbauer

Director of Ballet school TUTU Deluxe in Montreal

Park Jae Keun

Director of UNESCO International Dance Festival

Prof. Katharina Czernin

Founder and Directors

Sophia Li   

Founder and Director


Prof. Evelyn Téri      

Artistic Director




Greetings from the mayor

Vienna has an excellent international reputation as a city of art and culture. I am particularly delighted that the Vienna International Arts Festival (VIAF) is about to enrich our city’s wide cultural spectrum in summer this year. The comprehensive VIAF programme, ranging from workshops and seminars held by renowned music and dance experts to a charity gala event, allows young artists to hone their skills and present their talent to an international audience. The new festival is to become a hub for artistic and cultural exchange that promotes aspiring artists in various fields. With music and dance, Vienna can build one of the most beautiful bridges between Eastern and Western culture.

I wish you the best of success for the festival, and hope that the young artists will enjoy their time in Vienna – a time that may well have a lasting influence on their future lives and careers.

                                                          Dr. Michael Ludwig
                                         Mayor and Governor of Vienna


Sebastian Kurz

Chancellor of Austria

Dr. Michael Ludwig

Mayor and Governor of Vienna

Mag. Gernot Blümel

Chancellery Minister for the EU, Art, Culture and Media