team

Chairman – Arno Krimmer

Honorary President – Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Artistic Director – Christian Schulz

Artistic Counsellor – Gerald Wirth

 

 

Arno Krimmer

Arno Krimmer is a Producer, Writer, Director and Lecturer who works for Hollywood, Bollywood & European film industry.

He is Executive Producer of the Hindi feature film JAANISAAR (2015), Producer of the awarded Austrian art film BARCODE (2010), Line Producer of the int. feature film THE ITALIAN KEY (2011) which won more than 20 awards at festivals all over the world and Associate Producer of the upcoming US off-beat comedy MIS-FITS.

Arno Krimmer has written Animated TV Series for Disney, Cartoon Network, KiKa and Austria’s premier film production company DOR Film. He was hired as a scriptwriter for the 3rd volume of the popular TV Series LILLY THE WITCH based on KNISTER’s book series which sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. He was also hired as a scriptwriter to turn Academy Award-winner Satyajit Ray’s popular children character Professor Shonku into an Animated TV Series.

Krimmer lived and worked in India for around 10 years and was the first foreign Resident Professor at the renowned Film & TV Institute of India in Poona. He has taught as a Visiting Faculty at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods Int. film school within the Bollywood Film City, Mumbai, at University of Hertfordshire, England and at DSK Supinfocom.

 

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Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt from Jaipur, Rajasthan is today one of the most renowned musicians of India. He is one of the premier exponents of Indian Classical Music and continues his family’s legacy of many generations by performing on an instrument invented by him called Mohan Veena.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has toured the entire world extensively and has also contributed significantly to fusion music – He was the first Indian to be awarded the Grammy Award for his collaboration with US guitar legend Ry Cooder.

His list of awards is long and contains the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Rajasthan State Award from the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the Padmashree Award, one of the Government of India’s highest civil awards.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has once said: “Music is the language of God created for the benefit of Mankind.”

 

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Christian Schulz

Christian Schulz is a conductor, composer and cellist hailing from a famous Viennese family of classical musicians.

Schulz serves as the Managing Director of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. As a cellist he is a resident member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since many, many years.

Christian Schulz has conducted orchestras in venues all over the world – In US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. He has conducted concerts of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Tonkuenstler Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Austrian Hungarian Haydn Philharmony, Vienna Sinfonietta, Mozart Collegium Vienna and many more.

Since 2002 Schulz was conducting the Wiener Concert Verein every year at the prestigious Bregenz Opera Festival. With colleagues from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra he founded the Ambassade Orchestra of Vienna. They toured the US, South America, Japan and Europe and produced several very successful music albums. Their last album received a Gold Record in Austria.

Schulz works also a composer of contemporary music – His oeuvre BARCODE GRANDE had its world premiere in Kobe, Japan with great success.

 

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Gerald Wirth

Gerald Wirth is the President as well as the Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir/Wiener Sängerknaben (WSK), one of the world’s most well-known choirs. There are around 100 choristers between the age of 10 to 14. They are divided into four touring choirs which perform about 300 concerts each year before almost 500,000 people. The choir is the modern-day descendant of the boys’ choirs from the Viennese Royal Court, dating back to the late Middle Ages.

Gerald Wirth received his first musical training as a member of the WSK and at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, Austria where he studied voice, oboe and piano. In the 1980s Wirth was a choirmaster of the WSK, later he became chorus master of the Landestheater Salzburg (Salzburg Opera House). In the 1990s, he took over as artistic director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir. He also held the post of musical director of the Calgary Civic Symphony and of Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gerald Wirth became the Artistic Director of the WSK in 2001. Since then he reformed the Vienna Boys’ Choir significantly and has also received a Grammy Award for one of their recordings.

In September 2013 Gerald Wirth was appointed also as President of the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

When working as a composer, Wirth likes to combine elements of Gregorian chants with elements of ethnic music, and he makes use of strong rhythms.

Wirth has conducted international workshops on choral conducting, voice training and performance. He has developed his own system of choir instructing called “Wirth Method” which he not only uses successfully for nearly two decades, but also teaches at the Wirth Academy music seminars.

Gerald Wirth has a keen interest in Indian culture since many decades and has also collaborated with late Pandit Ravi Shankar, the musical legend and three times Grammy Award-winner who did a tremendous work in popularizing Indian Classical Music globally. After being the Austrian-Indian Institute’s Chairman from August 2011 to January 2013, Gerald Wirth now continues to be associated with the Institute as its Artistic Counsellor.

 

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