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Non-profit association “A.MUS.E”

As a legal entity and organiser of the project, the non profit association A.MUS.E – Austrian Music Encounter was founded and registered in Graz, Austria, in February 2006 (ZVR register number: 241314821).

The goals of this non profit association, directed by Erich Oskar Huetter (chairman), are:

  • To use and promote music as a possibility to create open meeting places for a vivid cultural exchange and an intercultural dialogue
  • To plan and implement intercultural music projects for young people
  • To give access and support the musical education of children living in conflict zones and/or an economically weak environment

Erich Oskar Huetter – Artistic Director

The Austrian cellist Erich Oskar Huetter has established a successful worldwide career as a soloist and chamber music performer. He is member of the “Hyperion Ensemble” as well as the “Arcus Ensemble Vienna” and performs as a soloist with major orchestras. Erich Oskar Huetter founded the Styrian Chamber Music Festival in Stift Rein, Austria, which under his management developed to an extent of 45 concerts per year. He gives masterclasses at several international universities. For three years he has led the cello class of the Barenboim-Said-Foundation project in Ramallah directed by the Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim, creating a Palestinian youth orchestra.

Tanja Schmid

Born in Graz, Austria, Tanja Schmid received her first ballet lessons at the age of 5. Classically trained under the direction of Diana Ungureanu, Tanima graduated from the academy of the renowned Graz Opera. During those years she appeared in numerous productions and performances, such as The Nutcracker and The Magic Flute. Tanja is not only an active dancer, but also a teacher. She recently set out as a pedagogue for free improvisation, dance theatre and classical ballet. Currently Tanja Schmid performed in Italy, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Kosovo.

Anthony Saxton

Anthony Saxton opened his first arts & culture club in 1998. In the year 2003 he developed and managed the gastronomical concept for Graz, European Capital of Culture. Since 2007 he has been part of the contemporary festival “Steirischer Herbst” and is responsible for catering services. He is mastermind and manager of the annual festival highlight “herbstbar”.

Alexander Baldele

Alexander Baldele studied history, cultural management and media communication in Graz, Austria. During his study period Alexander lived in Montréal, Canada for about two years, worked for various media and graphic arts associations in Canada and Austria and was working for festivals like Europrix and Rostfest. He holds a masters degree in media communication and cofounded the graphic design agency NYXAS. Alexander has been with The Sounding Jerusalem Festival since 2009.