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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: www.sra.at

Full discographies by Austrian performers are listed under: www.discogs.com

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

From the music database

Photo by Fran E. Wright ©

 

After completing his law studies at the University of Vienna, Robert Pobitschka re-dedicated himself to his musical studies with the renowned Russian pianist Tatiana Kravtchenko at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He attended inter alia master classes with Lisa Leonskaja and Lev Naumov at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

 

Robert Pobitschka has celebrated successes at major venues including the Bruckner Haus in Linz, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein as well as the Minoritenhall in Graz.  He has played as a soloist at the opening orchestral concert of the Haydn Festival in Dolni Lukavice and has been a guest at the Eisenstadt International Haydn Festival, where he interpreted together with Norman Shetler piano versions for four hands, symphonies of Haydn and Beethoven. These were then repeated by Sir Neville Marriner in the original orchestral version. Robert Pobitschka has performed at the Vienna Cultural Festival in Berlin and Potsdam and at the festival "Evenings in Monrepos" in Vyborg/Karelia, as well Kultursommer Eppan/Italy. As part of the series "Musik im Herbst (Music in Autumn)", he performed the Austrian premiere of Istvan Szelenyis composition "Summa  vitae" for piano and orchestra (composed in 1956), under the direction of Laszlo Szelenyi, the son of the composer, at the Haydn Hall of Esterhazy Castle.

 

Robert Pobitschka started composing in 1997; his compositions address important social and environmental issues and have all been performed. "Kyrie eleison - dedicated to nature", and "Water is Life", both for chamber orchestra and soprano, were performed at various venues including the United Nations Vienna and at the Ceremonial Hall of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace to commemorate the International World Water Day. His environmental oratorio "Atlantia awakes" (text by Fran E. Wright) was recorded by the Vienna Chamber Choir and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and choreographed and performed as a ballet by Alain Michigan at an event of the International Theatre Institute of the UNESCO in Austria. "Kyrie eleison - dedicated to nature" was also choreographed and performed as a ballet. The Japanese Gardening Society in Tokyo commissioned the piano work "Cosmos Japanese Garden", which premiered at the opening of the Japanese garden in Schloss Schoenbrunn, Vienna.

 

His concert tours have taken him to Italy, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Peru, the USA and China.

 

Source: Biography on the artist's homepage

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