Since 1986, there is a circle of friends who support Augsburg as one location of the Nuremberg and Augsburg College of Music: the Leopold-Mozart-Kuratorium e.V. The club is named after Leopold Mozart from Augsburg, who was the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and acted as a composer, music teacher and philosopher during the Enlightenment. The board’s aim is to nationally and internationally emphasise the importance of Augsburg as the only real city of Mozart in Germany. The society sees itself as a community of people who like lively discussions about music and who are interested in supporting young artists.
The most demanding role of the Leopold Mozart Board of Trustees is the organisation of the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart, which takes place every four years. This competition, which supports talented young musicians enormously, is member of the World Association of International Music Competitions and one of the most important violin competitions for young talents in the world. In 2006, the year of Mozart, this competition will take place for the sixth time since 1987 and, due to its international reputation, will strengthen the standing of this young college as well as the position of Augsburg as a city of Mozart. In previous years, the competition has been won by famous artists such as Isabelle Faust (1987) and Benjamin Schmid (1991) who now perform successfully with popular orchestras and maestros all around the world.
In addition, the Leopold Mozart Board of Trustees provides scholarships and financially supports events at the college, to give just two examples. The development association pays for instruments, sheet music and assists foreign students.
The 90 companies and individuals who are members of the society today are constantly informed about up-coming concerts, performances and events organised by the music college as well as about the success of students who are supported financially or have won the competition.
Members are personally invited to concerts at the college, events and receptions as part of the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart and to get in touch with the national and international music scene.
Agnes Maria Schilling