The EUphony orchestra project was launched in 2010 at the initiative of the Academy of Music in Zagreb and the Liszt Ferenc Academy from Budapest. Five Musical Academy of the Central European Regions (Budapest, Vienna, Ljubljana, Graz and Zagreb) organized 2011. year tour of the student symphony orchestra under the leadership of famous maestro Zoltán Kocsis. The host country was then Hungary, and the project was 2013. was repeated successfully under the leadership of Austria, when it was the occasion of the 50 celebration. anniversary of the existence of the Art Academy in Graz (Kunstuniverität Graz), the EUphony orchestra went on a tour under the artistic guidance of Oswald Sallaberger.
In 2016 country hosts was Croatia, and the EUphony Orchestra, attended by seven music academies from the wider region, embarked on a concert tour under the artistic direction of Mladen Tarbuka. The program was composed by Croatian composers: Blagoja Berse’s Sunny Fields and Concertant Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Dore Pejačević, which presented Zagreb and international audience also the perspective young pianist Vedran Janjanin. Along with the work of Croatian composers, the program was also a monumental orchestral piece of Life of the Hero, a kind of autobiography by Richard Strauss, which put in the hands of young musicians a magical and masterful Strauss orchestral world whose influences deeply rooted in the music and history of Central Europe. The first concert of the tour was be held at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on Monday, 29. February. After performing in Zagreb, performances took place in the cities of partner academies – Ljubljana, Graz and Budapest.
The EUPhony International Project is of special importance for the promotion of Croatian cultural heritage in partner countries of the project. Preservation and promotion of the Croatian musical heritage will be ensured through a concert tour that includes works by prominent Croatian composers of the first half of 20. century. The two-week intensive orchestral work on the program was further enriched by the lectures on the historical and musical context in which the works originated, their theoretical and musical characteristics, and the wider significance and position of Croatian music heritage in Europe and the world. The international importance of the project has also been recognized by the City Office for Culture and the City of Zagreb Tourist Board, under which the entire project is sponsored.
In 2018, the EUphony project is being hosted by the Anton Bruckner Private University of Linz. For the first time, participants are also arriving from Germany. The concept has also been expanded: institutions are not only delegating students but teachers, too (as principal instrumentalists in the joint ensemble), and chamber music productions are also being prepared.
Euphony 2011 host – Liszt Ferenc Academy Budapest – Zoltán Kocsis
Euphony 2013 host – Kunstuniverität Graz (50 year anniversary) – Oswald Sallaberger
EUphony 2016 host – University of Zagreb Academy of Music – Mladen Tarbuk
Euphony 2018 host – Anton Bruckner Private University of Linz – Thomas Kerbl
Euphony 2019 host – Kunstuniverität Graz