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Monday, March 4, 2013

AMADEUS International School Vienna Woos Musically-Talented Students from Singapore


AMADEUS International School Vienna, which offers classical music training from professional musicians and also academic studies, has appointed Tanglewood Music School as its Singapore centre for student recruitment and preparation for admissions. The school offers the International Baccalaureate-curriculum-based Primary Year Program (PYP) and Middle Year Program (MYP) to students from Grades 1 to 10 for 2013/2014 and IB Diploma Program (IBDP) from 2015. These students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma coupled with high quality classical music training, which will enable them to enroll in either top conservatories or universities around the world.
Children who are musically-talented or show strong interest in music will now have an avenue to develop their interest in music without sacrificing their academic studies.
AMADEUS International School Vienna also announced that it has awarded the “Special Youth Talent Scholarship” to 14-year-old Brendan Goh who is a talented young cellist from Singapore. He is the first Singaporean to be admitted to this school.
As the Singapore centre for recruitment and admissions, Tanglewood Music School will hold auditions and prepare students for enrolment in AMADEUS International School Vienna. The teachers at Tanglewood Music School have exceptional professional teaching experience and credentials to provide the necessary guidance for prospective students. During their
holidays, a few students of Tanglewood Music School have already attended master classes at AMADEUS International School Vienna to experience classes at the school first-hand.
Professor Günter Boos, Principal of AMADEUS International School Vienna said, “We recognise that most parents are concerned that if they allow their children to pursue a pure music education at a young age, they may miss out on having an all-rounded education. They are also unsure whether their children will pursue a music career in their adult life. The objective of AMADEUS International School Vienna is to enable these musically-talented students to be trained by professional musicians and at the same time not neglect their academic studies. In other words, these students will have an option to pursue another professional career later on in life besides being a musician”.
In recognition of AMADEUS International School Vienna nurturing and cultivating young musically-talented students, Steinway has awarded the school as the first “All-Steinway School” in Austria. Budding pianists will have their training and daily practice on Steinway pianos, which are renowned for their sound, touch, beauty and investment value.
Brendan Goh said, “I feel very privileged to be awarded the “Special Youth Talent Scholarship” to study at AMADEUS International School Vienna. The programme there enables me to be trained under a professional cellist without missing out on my studies. I enjoyed the master class at AMADEUS Music Academy during my school holidays because I have made many like-minded friends from around the world who like me, were also there to learn music.”
The school is nestled in the cradle of classical music and offers world-class boarding facilities for full board and day board, as well as tutelage under renowned musicians. There will be frequent interactions with master musicians such as Franz Bartolomey who is the Principal Cello Teacher at AMADEUS International School Vienna and solo principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Vienna, the capital of classical music, was also voted the best city to live in by Mercer’s Quality of Living survey in 2012.
The school’s rigorous academic curriculum includes subjects like Mathematics, Science, Theory of knowledge and Languages. Students will graduate with English and German, of which English is the standard classroom language. The curriculum is augmented by a music programme at the AMADEUS Music Academy where music lessons will be tailored to each student’s specific needs. In addition to individual training sessions with world-renowned
musicians, there will be competitions, workshops and master classes. These will enable the students to realise their aspirations to become full-fledged musicians.
Mr. Bartolomey will perform with the SSO in its Casual Concert on 3 March 2013 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Fauré's moving Élégie and Bruch's prayerful Kol Nidrei. His appearance with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by AMADEUS International School Vienna.
Prior to his departure for AMADEUS International School Vienna, Brendan will be donating proceeds from the sales of his debut CD titled “A Brand New Day” amounting to S$10,000/- to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which provides financial assistance to other artistically-gifted children.