"I think singing is the most beautiful way of travelling to the heart. Our goal should not be to lose ourselves in a potential world."
On the occasion of the first Choir Olympics in Linz, more than 15,000 participants from 60 nations met to experience the premiere of this unique international choir competition. In 28 categories 342 choirs sang in 403 competition appearances for 51 golden, 86 silver and 39 bronze diplomas in the Choir Olympic Qualification and for 69 gold, 124 silver and 34 bronze medals in the Choir Olympic Competition. The most successful countries were Hungary, China, Germany, Indonesia, and Russia. 51 choral experts belonged to the international jury.
Representatives of the worldwide choral community discussed and passed a Resolution about the situation and the needs of choir music to be handed over to the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO. Patron of the event was Dr. Thomas Klestil, Federal President of the Republic of Austria.
"Dear friends, in these days you will celebrate one of the most beautiful human abilities, and that is singing."
"At the end of the announcement you can read the weighty sentence: “Music is the language shared by the world.” According to Hermann Hesse there is “nothing more desirable” in life “than the sensation of music, the sensation of swinging along, of the rhythmic life and of the harmonic right to exist. We have to remain at that place where we find something that resembles music.” This harmonic right of existence is nowhere felt stronger and more binding as in choirs all over the world: in children’s choirs, mixed youth choirs and mixed choirs as well as in female and male choirs. These communities stick together, aim at each other and strive for utmost musical laurels in many different ways to make themselves and other people happy not only but also because they feel to be indescribably rich because “you own something that goes beyond the material substance” (Ingeborg Bachmann)."
This event lies in the past!
You are interested in participating in this event series? Then have a look right now at our overview, which provides information about when the event will be held the next time. There you can also find further dates and destinations of our events taking place worldwide.
- Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Austrian National Council
- Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
- Elisabeth Gehrer, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Culture
- Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Dr. Martin Bartenstein, Federal Minister of Economy and Labour
- Franz Morak, State Secretary of the Federal Chancellor’s Office
- Dr. Josef Pühringer, Prime Minister of Upper Austria
- Dr. Franz Dobusch, Mayor of the City of Linz
- Mag. Barbara Prammer, Representative of the National Council
- Winfried Seidinger, Representative of the National Council (retired), President of the Austrian Workers Choral Society
- Herbert Wild, Government Councillor, President of the Austrian Choral Society
- Mag. Dr. Reinhard Dyk, Town-Councillor of the Capital City of Linz
- Dr. h.c. Maximilian Aichern, Bishop of Linz
- Mag. Hansjörg Eichmeyer, Superintendent of the Diocese of Upper Austria
- Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden)
- Prof. Petr Eben (Czech Republic)
- Prof. Gert Frischmuth (Germany)
- Henry Klausner (Israel)
- Univ. Prof. Erwin Ortner (Austria)
- Prof. Paul Wehrle (Germany)
in the "Assosciation of International Choir Competitions MUSICA MUNDI"
in cooperation with
The State of Upper Austria
The City of Linz
The Austrian Choral Society
The Austrian Workers Choral Society
The Upper Austrian Choral Society of Salzburg
as well as
The Austrian Radio Network (ORF)
International Choir Associations
Austrian Social Organizations
Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR
We congratulate all singers to their great results! Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!