KS Linda Watson &
Prof. Gerhard Kahry

Jul 29 - Aug 4 2019

€ 530 (€ 120 application fee, € 410 course fee)

Optional supplementary package
€ 480
Full board, accommodation and transfer Vienna Hilton (or airport) to Gutenstein and back (Jul 28 - Aug 5)

Application deadline
Jul 14 2019

About KS Linda Watson

The world-famous American singer Linda Watson is one of the best Wagnerian sopranos of our time. In addition to her incomparable dark timbre the conductors particularly appreciate her enormous flexibility and musicality, which has led her to collaborating with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, Antonio Pappano, Christian Thielemann, Placido Domingo and many others.  KS Watson was named Professor of Voice at the Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK) in 2017.

This year KS Watson will share her valuable knowledge and artistic experience as part of a joint Masterclass with Prof. Gerhard Kahry. The Viennese opera - and concert singer was director of the Department of Voice and Music Theatre from 1986 to 1990,  later he became Dean at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. After his successful singing career as a tenor Prof. Kahry has established himself as a prominent singing teacher. Through his pedagogical work numerous young talents found engagements at renowned opera houses.

They will be accompanied by Manfred Schiebel (Univ.Prof. MUK and MDW Vienna) and David Hausknecht (MDW Vienna).

About Gerhard Kahry

Born in Vienna, Austria, first studies and completion in Mechanical Engineering. Completion of studies in Voice classic and teaching- qualification in Vienna (Hochschule für Musik, Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Conservatorio in Milano, Italy)

Teachers:  Maestro Barra - Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milano, Italy

1966 Engagement as First lyric tenor in Vienna/Volksoper, Oberhausen, Saarbrücken. Salzburg, Innsbruck .

Many concerts with “Oratorium - Lied”-Repertoire, performances in Brasil, Canada, USA, Japan, South Korea.

Repertoire: 30 Tenor-parts in International Opera-Houses: Rodolfo, Ferrando, Duca, Max, Tamino, Rinuccio, Alfredo, Faust u.s.w.

1972 prize winner of the International Vocal-competition in Geneve, Switzerland.

Since 1980 head of class for Voice, 1986-1990 head of department Sologesang und musikdramatische Darstellung at the University for Music and performing art in Vienna.

Masterclasses in Japan, Polen, Finnland , Italy, South Korea. 1992 together with Giuseppe Di Stefano in Orvieto (Italy),

Special disciplines: Interpretation of Mozart-Vocalmusic, Belcanto-Style (Responsibility for research and development).

Juror bei Internationalen Gesangswettwerben , u.a. in Warschau und beim Internationalen „Alfredo Kraus-Competition“, “Belvedere-Competition“, „Meran 2000“ u.a.

Since 1996 Coach in Vocal training for the soloists of the Finnish National-Opera in Helsinki.

Since 2006 Coach in Vocal training in the Australian Opera House, Sydney.

Since 2002 Dean of Studies forVoice, Musical Theatre Direction, Performing Art, Film and Television of the University for Music and performing Art in Vienna, Austria.

2006 Masterclass in Seoul, South-Korea - (Mozart-Vocalmusic-Interpretation)

2007 Invititations for Jurorship at the International Vocal-Competition at the National Opera Warsaw, Poland and at the International Competition in Geneve, Switzerland

2008 - 2016 Masterclasses in HongKong, Mianyang (China) South Korea and in Austria and Italy for Vocal-teachers.

About Manfred Schiebel


Manfred Schiebel was born in Vienna. At the age of seven, he started to join the "Mozart-Sängerknaben, Vienna", where his first music lessons began. Piano studies with Prof. Thomas Kreuzberger, as well as studies for conducting at the "Hochschule fuer Musik" in Vienna with Prof. Karl Oesterreicher, studies for accompaniment and coaching with Dr. Harald Goertz.

Since 1991 he has been teaching at the MUK University of Vienna (former conservatory) and since 2002 also at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He has repeatedly worked as an accompanist and coach with famous artists as E. Gruberova, E. Garanca, G. Bumbry, M. Zampieri, M. Erdmann, I. d’Arcangelo, F. Bonisolli, G. Taddei, L. Nucci, F. Furlanetto, S. Ramey, J. Botha, G. Tichy, R. Trost, W. Fink, Miroslav & Peter Dvorsky, Viennese Boys Choir, and many others with whom he gave already concerts on 5 differents continents. He also accompanied different masterclasses and worked with famous singing-teachers as Martha Eggerth, Helena Łazarska, Jewgenij Nesterenko, Krassimira Stoyanova, Leo Nucci, Walter Berry, Hilde Zadek, as well as he gave masterclasses himself for singers and pianists all over Europe and in Teheran and Havanna.

From 1994 to 2008 he was the musical director of the Choral Society „Young-Vienna“. He got big successes in many countries and big concert halls with this choir, up to concerts for the Royal Family in Thailand. 

Some years ago he founded a piano four-hands duo with the polish pianist Marcin Kozieł, with whom he had concerts at different places in Austria, Poland, Italy and Latvia.

Since 2011 he has been the musical director of he chamber music festival „Klassik im Advent“ in Austria, which takes place at the hotel „Feuerberg“ on the top of the mountain Gerlitzen.

His extensive repertoire, reaching from the classical song and oratorio via opera to operetta and musical, but also including chamber music and the Viennese art and Austrian folk music, makes him a much sought-after accompanist. Since he was the musical director of the Nestroy-Festival at Burg Liechtenstein with KSCH Elfriede Ott in 1993, he has been dealing with theater music and chansons more intensively.

Concerts, CD-recordings as choir director, pianist and organist, as well as appearances on TV and radio broadcasting in several continents are rounding off his activities.

About David Hausknecht


David Hausknecht (Czech Republic, born 1992) studied art at the age of 6 years. He received his first piano education at the Music School of the city of Prague.

Later, during his piano studies at the high school of Jan Neruda in Prague under Prof. Frantisek Maly, he studied conducting under Jiri Smutny to enrich his education. 

At the age of 12, he took piano master classes in the Czech Republic (Prague, Tyn nad Vltavou), Germany (Meissen), Austria (Reichenau) and Norway (Bergen, Stavanger). At the same time he studied in the private class of Arkadi Zenziper and Jiri Hlinka.

In 2006 David made his debut in the Prague Rudolfinum with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed the last Mozart piano concerto under the direction of Zdenek Macal. Since his studies in Prague, he has worked together with the Prague Chamber Orchestra (PKF).

Since 2011 David studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under Lilya Zilberstein, Theresa Leopold, Christoph Eggner, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Stefan Mendl. In June 2016 he completed his piano studies specializing in chamber music (piano chamber music) as the youngest student of his year.

 David currently lives in Vienna, being a lecturer for vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He also has taught at the ISA, International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts. 

These days he plays with the string quartet and soloists of the ensemble Razumovsky Quartett. David has worked together with renowned artists such as KS Adrian Eröd, KS Artur Korn and Thomas Hampson. 

As part of the Gutenstein Cultural Summer 2017 he premiered the new works of the composer Johanna Doderer. Then he also accompanied the flute master class of Erwin Klambauer. 

David is co-répétiteur of the Hilde Zadek vocals competition of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as well as of Youngstars for Youngsters Vienna, chamber music concerts of the Junge Schubertiade Vienna. Last but not least he regularly accompanies concerts of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien.