Save the date!
isa20 "HEROES?" from 16 - 30 August 2020

With its 30th edition isa20 will celebrate an anniversary that shows the impressive sustainability of a project that aims to re-invent itself every year anew.

In its master-classes, workshops, and the festival isa20 will contribute strongly to mdw’s manifold activities on Ludwig van Beethoven.

Naturally, Beethoven’s music will be performed and reflected in all its facets. We will discuss and explore interpretation traditions as well as historical performance approaches and Beethoven’s most essential but still underrated improvisational side!

On another level isa takes Beethoven, one of classical music’s greatest “heroes” as a starting point for questions such as:

  • Why are heroes so important for audiences?
  • How come that many great composers are not regarded as equal?
  • Are there female heroes as well, and if not – why is that so?

Questioning established narratives, isa will also confront the concepts of representation and rebellion in music and in the music business.

It has always been a central issue of isa’s activities to put things in perspective – the more so when it comes to big anniversaries!

Johannes Meissl, Artistic director of isa