In late January, one of the largest cities in Austria - Salzburg that is full of attractions - traditionally becomes the world capital of classical music. This season is no exception. On January 22, 2010 in the hometown of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be held the opening of the Mozart Week winter festival of classical music. This annual festival, which lasts for ten days in Salzburg, attracts huge number of tourists and musicians from all around the world. Mozart Week in Salzburg is not just a series of concerts of classical music and the celebration of the birth of great composers (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg). This is a world-class cultural event. The festival in Salzburg is the main event of the year for many musicians, orchestras and conductors, who will arrive in the city of Mozart to perform the music of the composer and his contemporaries.
This year in Salzburg is expected the performance of such renowned artists as Nikolaus Harnonkurt, Andras Schiff and Marc Minkowski. Here will also perform the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Musiciens du Louvre Orchestra from Grenoble, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, as well as the Hagen Quartet and the Artemis Quartet. In addition to the music concerts during the festival will be held numerous meetings with artists, youth lectures and creative seminars.
The organizer of the Mozart Week festival since 1956 is the International Mozarteum Foundation, which was established in 1842 by the citizens of Salzburg as a private nonprofit organization responsible for the care of the cultural heritage of Mozart's three main areas, performing a concert, museum and scientific activities. The fund owns such premises as the house of Mozart's birth, the house of Mozart, the Mozartiana library and the Great Hall of the fund building. In these buildings will be held main events of the festival.
Salzburg is a city in western Austria, the capital of the federal state of Salzburg and the fourth largest city in Austria after Vienna, Graz and Linz. Its name, which translates literally as “Salt Fortress”, the city got due to the Hohensalzburg castle, which was located on the Nonnberg mountain. Salzburg is a city of ancient churches, each of which is an architectural monument. One of the most popular sights among the tourists is the Cathedral built on the site of the Romanesque church burned in 1598. The tower of the cathedral are of 79 meters height and in the Cathedral of Salzburg in earlier times was baptized the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.