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Cultural Partners

The AAF works with several internationally renowned institutions

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Considered one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra can trace its origins to 1842. Each orchestra member is also a member of the Vienna State Opera, which means they perform regularly at the opera, as well as in their own concert series both in Vienna and on tour.

The Vienna Philharmonic is also the orchestra in residence of the Salzburg Music Festival. While in residence in Salzburg they perform a benefit concert annually for the AAF as well as mentor our young conductors in the Ansbacher Fellowship and the children’s music camp at Schloss Arenberg.


The Salzburg Music Festival

Considered the preeminent festival of music and drama, it is held each summer (for five weeks starting in late July) in Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The development office of the Salzburg Festival works closely with us to realize programs that support young conductors and instrumentalists as well as children.


The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Founded in 1952, by Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka, as the “School of Seeing” the academy is the oldest institution of its kind, allowing students to explore different approaches to all forms of the visual arts ranging from the traditional to the most recent and avant-garde.

Since 2000 AAF/Salzburg Stiftung  has provided fellowships for promising American art students to attend the Summer Academy through the Daisy Soros Prize for Fine Arts and supported the Academy’s architecture class.



tak.tik is made up of team of professional musicians based in Basel, Munich and Vienna. Together they bring music to life for adults and children alike through music-making, improvisation, composition, dance, drama and the spoken word.  Every summer, tak.tik, in cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival, presents the music program passwort:klassik. This program consists of music camps for children held in Salzburg every summer.


Salzburg Festival Society

Founded in 2005, the Salzburg Festival Society’s mission is to serve as the liaison between the Salzburg Festival and its American friends and patrons. The Society has a dedicated national membership base and chapters in major cities. It provides its members with exclusive access to all events and services related to the Festival. The broader mission of the Society is to advance the general public’s understanding and appreciation of classical music and opera.
The Society provides assistance and, where possible, tickets and invitations to lectures to the AAF's Ansbacher Fellows, conducting students who spend the summer in Salzburg attending rehearsals of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.


The Kunsthistorisches Museum


Numerous major art works of European art history, among them Raphael’s "Madonna in the Meadow," Vermeer’s "The Allegory of Painting," the Infanta paintings by Velazquez, masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto are housed in the paintings gallery. The Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection contains fascinating treasures from mysterious cultures long past.


The Metropolitan Museum

The Met was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction."


The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.