music database

The mica-music database contains comprehensive entries on contemporary Austrian composers, performers, bands and ensembles. The main focus currently lies on the genres contemporary music and jazz.
An extensive presentation of performers from other genres can be found in the SR-Archive for Austrian pop music:, women in electronical music:,

Full discographies by Austrian performers are listed under:

The English version of the composer-database was co-funded by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and by the AKM.

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Peter Ruzicka, picture by Wilfried Beege ©


Peter Ruzicka is a German composer, conductor and director/intendant.
From 2002 to 2006 he was responsible for the management of the the Salzburg Festival. In July 2015 he took over as the managing director of the Osterfestspiele Salzburg.


During his time as intendant of the Salzburg Festival, Peter Ruzicka applied diverse approaches to the implementation of contemporary music there. For example the program "Austria Today" in 2002, the Salzburg Passages in 2003 and 2005 which highlighted lesser known composers, or the presentation of György Kurtág and Jörg Widmann as composers in residence in 2004. Combined with a collection of commissioned works, Ruzicka successfully implemented a program that included a greater representation of new music than ever before.

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