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The Mozarteum Argentino, created in 1952, is a private non-profit musical society, well known outside the country for its extensive and fruitful work as a promoter of classical music, with many years experience in this field.
In 1955 Mrs. Jeannette Arata de Erize was named President. Since then, the institution's international reputation has grown to world-wide renown.

The goal of this musical society is to promote classical music in Argentina and support young gifted Argentine artists. It presents the foremost artists from all over the world with the purpose of bringing the audience an outstanding programme.

One of the main activities has been the organization of international tours for orchestras, choral organisms and ballets throughout South America.

Usually the orchestras need to extend their tours to more than one country to compensate these long trips, so an institution takes the responsibility of organizing and financing the whole tour. Consequently, the Mozarteum Argentino, decided to undertake these ambitious projects, investing time and patience, since this task involves many years to reach understanding and a challenging detailed production work.

At present the tours are closely organized with the “Centro Cultural de Música” in Montevideo, Uruguay – “Sociedad de Cultura Artística”, Sao Paulo, Brazil; “Fundación Beethoven” and Teatro Municipal, Santiago de Chile.

Igor Stravinski durante uno de sus históricos conciertos
en el Teatro Colón.


The Mozarteum Argentino main activity is the annual Season of concerts at the Colón Theatre .

One of the most important achievements of the Mozarteum and a source of great pride is a season of “Midday Concerts”. Since 1959, at the downtown Gran Rex Theatre, these concerts are performed by local soloists and ensembles, as well as international artists visiting Buenos Aires during the season with free admittance.

The Mozarteum Argentino's activity also reaches out to the provinces, spreading musical culture, and creating, through the years, several branches.


Concierto multitudinario en la Avenida 9 de Julio en 1987, ofrecido por la Filarmónica de New York, dirigida por Zubin Metha, auspiciado por Citibank.
Since its beginnings, the Mozarteum Argentino has been engaged in the future Argentine music watching over the musical education of young talented Argentine artists.

For this purpose, and continuously since 1960, this institution has granted different scholarships and financial aids to instrumentalists, conductors, chamber musicians, singers and youth orchestras, not only to improve their studies in Buenos Aires for those who live in the provinces, but to achieve excellence in further education available abroad.

With the same purpose, an Atelier was bought in 1965, belonging to the Cité Internationale des Arts, created in Paris under André Malraux's initiative, as a temporary residence for artists who wish to complete their education, or seek inspiration in the proper atmosphere.

The Mozarteum Argentino is the only South American institution, private or public, which owns one, and makes it available not only to musicians, but also to all visual artists and writers, whether Argentinean or from other South American countries.

Since 1975 a branch was created to reach young people and bring this special audience the opportunity to get in touch with classical music. Music for the Youth offers young people under 25 the possibility to attend the regular season of the Mozarteum Argentino at the Colon Theater for a reasonable student fee.

The Mozarteum Argentino's seasons have included, together with our foremost local artists, internationally famous soloists. Some of those memorable hallmarks are worthy to be specially mentioned:

ORCHESTRAS
Among the prestigious orchestras the Mozarteum Argentino presented are: VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA / Karl Böhm, the PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA / Eugene Ormandy, the NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Japan, the LONDON PHILHARMONIA / Sir John Barbirolli, the NEW PHILHARMONIA / Paul Kletzki, HALLE of Manchester / Sir John Barbirolli, the NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, CONCERTGEBOUWORKEST AMSTERDAM, ORCHESTRE DE PARIS, STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN, BOSTON SYMPHONY, SAINT PETERSBURG, ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE, BAYERISCHE RUNDFUNK, and many others.

BALLET
The Mozarteum Argentino always include ballet in its programming, internationally renowned companies such as:
STUTTGART, ROYAL WINNIPEG, NEDERLANDS DANS THEATRE, DU THÉATRE CONTEMPORAIN, GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS, DU THÉATRE DE GENÉVE, DE NANCY / Rudolf Nureyev, DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, HUBBARD STREET DANCE & CO., ST. PETERSBURG KIROV soloists, OPERA DE PARIS, HAMBURG, TOKIO with “Kabuki” .


CHAMBERS MUSIC AND SOLOISTS
Special emphasis was always placed on chamber music in the institution's yearly programme: Quinteto Chigiano, Juilliard, Budapest, Tokio, Vegh, Borodin, Cleveland, Sidney, Beethoven di Roma, Alban Berg, Chicago, Philadelphia, Hagen, Guarneri and Emerson quartets and Trieste, Beaux Arts, Ravel, Munich, Italiano, Röhn and Vienna trios, amongst many others. Other chamber ensembles have also been invited, such as I Musici, I Solisti de Zagreb, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Wiener Ensemble Schulz, New York Pro Musica, Percussionistes de Strasbourg, Vienna Children´s Choir, and many more

Among soloists, it is important to mention those stunning musicians who offered us memorable performances such as: Mstislav Rostropovich, Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Kempff, Nikita Magaloff, Friederich Gulda, Hans Richter-Haaser, Paul Badura-Skoda, Narciso Yepes, Victoria de los Angeles, Jessye Norman, Regine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Hans Hotter, Hemann Prey, Janos Starker, Leonard Rose, Pablo Casals, Rosalyn Turek, Abbey Simon, Byron Janis, Rudolf Firkusny, Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kiri te Kanawa, Jose Van Dam, Isaac Stern, Kathleen Battle, Maxim Vengerov, Pieter Wispelwey, Julian Rachlin, Felicity Lott y Daniel Barenboim.

COMPOSERS
Composers Igor Stravinsky (1960), Pablo Casals (conducting his "Pessebre", 1964), Olivier Messiaen (1963), Goffredo Petrassi, Pierre Boulez (1996) and Krzysztof Penderecki (1989/1994)

ARGENTINE COMPOSERS
Argentine music has been supported by the Mozarteum Argentino not only through the premier and performance of different works of Argentine composers, but also granting various scholarships intended to help them improve their further musical education and experience abroad.
In 1956, a concert in honor to Julián Aguirre´s work was performed at the National Fine Arts Museum.
An Alberto Ginastera´s work had its premiere in 1963 with the performance of Quinteto Chigiano. This work had specially been asked to the author by the Mozarteum.
Other hallmark in the history of this musical society was the premier of the Bomarzo cantata in 1965. This work was the source of the homonym opera the composer wrote later.
Since then, numerous works had been presented not only in the regular seasons but in the Midday Concerts as well.
Among Argentine composers that had been Mozarteum´s scholarship holders: Francisco Kopf, Esteban Benz cry, Jorge Sad and Oscar Stansky.
Some of the finest artists worthy of mention are those who stayed at the Atelier in Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, such as: Luis Gianni, Roberto Garcia Morella, Astor Spinazzola, Juan Carlos Paz y Alicia Tertian.

MULTITUDINOUS CONCERTS
Open air concerts have been organized in many opportunities, for instance with the NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC / Zubin Mehta (1987) in the 9 de Julio Avenue for more than 120.000 people, This success repeated itself with the ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE / Lorin Maazel (1988). In the Basilica in Luján, Mozart´s C minor Mass was rendered by the NEUBEUERN CHOIR and BACH COLLEGIUM conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg in a moving gathering of more than 5000 people. In the Luna Park free concerts were offered by the NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC / Zubin Mehta (1982), and the PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA / Wolfgang Sawallisch (1994), STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN / Daniel Barenboim for some 10.000 people.

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MRS. JEANNETTE ARATA DE ERIZE
Jeannette Arata de Erize is, since 1955, President of the Mozarteum Argentino, a private, non-lucrative entity dedicated to the spreading of musical culture in Argentina.

Under her leadership during all these years, the Mozarteum Argentino has become the most influential and active musical society in Latin America.

Daughter of Dr. Luis Arata, an Argentine surgeon, and Valentina de Rufz de Lavison, of French nationality, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mrs. Erize´s work and contribution had left her distinctive mark on the musical and artistic ambit, recognized not only in Argentina but woldwide.


INTERNATIONAL AWARDS & PRIZES
-       O.E.A : Diploma of Honor, Washington 1991
-       Italy, Cavalliere and Commendatore della Ordine del Merito; Gold Medal to Italian Culture in Argentina
-       Chile, Oficial de la Orden de Bernardo O'Higgins; she was also awarded a Medal by the Beethoven Foundation
-       Brazil, Orden Cruzeiro do Sul; Orden Cruzeiro do Sul, Grado Comendador.
-       France, Ordre du Mérite, Palmes Académiques, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Officier de la Légion d´honneur, Croix du Officier de les Arts et le Lettres.
-       Austria, Goldener Verdienstorden and Silberner Verdienstorden, Nikolai Medal (this condecoration was presented to her personally by Karl Böhm, the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1979
-       Goldenes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Salzburg, Grosses Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich, Goldene Ehrenzeichen für - Verdienste um das Land Wien, Grosses Ehrenkreuz für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Österreichischen Bundesregierung. The international Rotary Club's Silver
-       Laurel, and Rio de la Plata Prize 2002
-       Germany, Goldener and Silberner Verdienstzeichen
-       Portugal, Orden de Enrique I El Navegante
-       Ecuador, Orden Nacional al Mérito en el grado de Comendador
-       Russia, Congratulatory Letter from the Russian Ministry of Culture to the 50th. anniversary of the Mozarteum Argentino
-       overeign Orden de Malta: Dame of Magisterial Grace

NATIONAL AWARDS & PRIZES
-       San Martin de Tours (1985/1988)
-       "Manzana de las Luces" from the Argentine Advertising Chamber
-       Konex Platinum Prize, from the Konex Foundation (1988)
-       "Cultural Action of the Year" (1990) from the International Critic's Association, AICA
-       “Santa Clara de Asis” statuette (Special Prize, 1991)
-       Rómulo Raggio Foundation’s Merit Prize for Promoting Culture in Argentina (1995)
-       “Emeritus Culture Personality” Distinction awarded by the President of the Argentine Republic in 1998
-       “Senadora de las Luces” (1998), "Manzana de las Luces" National Comitee
-       Bach Prize 2000 for Excellence and Promotion of Music
-       She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Fine Arts, and member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) forms part of its Board of Directors who honored her with a Gold Medal to Culture (2005)
-       Buenos Aires City Cultural Ambassador (2010)

GISELA TIMMERMANN
Executive and Artistic Manager of the Mozarteum Argentino since 1987 Gisela Timmermann is worldwide renowned for her skills and professionalism not only in musical promotion but production.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, came to Argentina with her parents, the German chemist Dr. Ernesto Timmermann and María Luisa Erica Peters, descendant of a German traditional family established in our country at the beginnings of XIX Century.

She finished general studies in Buenos Aires, showing her eagerness for music from her early years.

Passionate music lover since youth, she frequently assisted to concerts and musical sessions like those unforgettable evenings organized by the Rosenthal family. Throughout these experiences she approached the universal music repertoire, encouraging her to take violin lessons under the supervision of Hungarian maestro Ernesto Barnay.

As a Biochemist and Pharmacy student, she started up her career at the executive area at Lepetit Laboratories´marketing department. She continued this experience in Europe when settled in Munich after getting a position at the marketing department of Rundschau and Verlag Mensch und Arbeit Editorials.

Gisela Timmermann returned to Argentina in 1967 to be in charge of the production for the German Chamber Theater’s American tours. This prestigious institution, subsidized by the German Federal Government, which director was at that time Reinhold K. Olszweski, made long tours presenting the great plays from the universal drama repertoire. She worked for this company for five years and that experience gave her enough training in all the aspects of the theater world, including a thorough knowledge of theater and international tour’s production.

In 1973 her fondness for music, her expertise in production and marketing areas, and her skills in various languages finally embodied a professional project at the Mozarteum Argentino. Since then, the sphere of classical music has been her source of inspiration and dedication.

Mrs. Jeannette Arata de Erize and Gisela Timmermann worked side by side to strengthen the Mozarteum Argentino´s international image; it has grown to currently become a prestigious musical society renowned worldwide.

The sign up of international top artists and the promotion of large scale South American tours with outstanding orchestras, were the key to achieve relevant position and special recognition within the classical music world. Mrs. Timmermann has been honored for her contribution to the artistic musical field by the governments of Germany and Austria, as well as the city of Vienna.

As a promoter of the classical music, Gisela Timmermann fulfilled many projects presenting artists in several cities in the provinces of Argentina, always supporting the young musical talented people of this country throughout scholarships that are still granted every year.

In 2003 she was honored with the Mozarteum Argentino´s Medal for 30 years of committed service to this institution.
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THE MOZARTEUM ARGENTINO´S SEASON INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
A REGULAR CONCERT SEASON Divided into two subscription series, the concerts are offered in the Teatro Colón, for nearly 5000 members.
MUSIC FOR THE YOUTH Was created in 1971 by the Mozarteum Argentino, as a contribution to our community's cultural progress, for young people under 25 who can attend the seasons' concerts for a minimum entrance fee.
MIDDAY CONCERTS (with free admittance)

One of the most important achievements of the Mozarteum and a source of great pride, they have taken place once a week at noontime, from May to September, since 1959, in a down-town theatre. These performances last 45 minutes for an audience of approximately 2000 persons, and are performed by local soloists and ensembles, as well as international artists visiting Buenos Aires during the season. The Midday Concert Cycle is unique and its popularity makes it a real witness of the Argentinian people's musical culture. Since it was created more than 750 concerts have been offered.

CONCERTS IN THE PROVINCES The Mozarteum Argentino's activity also reaches out to the provinces, spreading musical culture, since 1978, in collaboration with various University centers and creating, through the years, several branches which today are: Rosario, San Juan, Olavarría, Tandil, Tucumán, Jujuy, Bahía Blanca, and Salta; it also cooperates with other cities like Mercedes, Neuquén and General Roca. The concerts, about 70 a year, often with free admittance, present famous local and foreign soloists and ensembles
AN ATELIER IN PARIS This was bought in 1965, belonging to the Cité Internationale des Arts, and created in Paris under André Malraux's initiative, as a temporary residence for artists who wish to complete their education, or seek inspiration in the proper atmosphere. The Mozarteum Argentino is the only Southamerican institution, private or public, which owns one, and makes it available not only to musicians, but also to all visual artists and writers, whether Argentinian or from other Southamerican countries.
MASTER-CLASSES

Offered by world-known authorities especially invited for the occasion, the first master-class was organized by the Mozarteum Argentino in 1961, for the Quintetto Chigiano di Siena.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUNG INTERPRETERS Much young talent has come forth in these years, such as: Eduardo Delgado Antonio Spiller, Jorge Caryevsky, Daniel Zisman, Nicolas Chumachenco, Enrique Ricci, Mario Benzecry, Anahi Carfi, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Daniel Rivera, Ivan Citera, Nelson Goerner, Oscar Strasnoy, Javier Logioia, Roberto Rutkauskas, Claudio Barile, Paula Piluso, Alexander Panizza, Roberto Fabbroni, Alberto Trimelitti, Andrés Tolcachir, María Soledad Cardoso, Esteban Benzecry, Mariano Vales, Sami Merdinian, Emiliano Greizerstein, Alejo Pérez Pouillieux and Iván Rutkauskas, Xavier Inchausti. Added to these prizes at present the Mozarteum offers the following scholarships:
“Teresa Grüneisen” (in honour of her father, Ricardo E. Grüneisen), for instrumentalists and conductors.
“María Isabel Grüneisen” for singers.
“Jeannette Arata de Erize” for chamber musicians and young talent.
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