Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 18th century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Practice rooms and instrument storage
  • Concert hall
  • Student lounge and small library
  • Computer lab
  • High-speed Internet and printer access

Dr. Morten Solvik
IES Abroad Vienna Center Director
An international scholar, Dr. Solvik holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music and Intellectual History from Cornell University. Born in Norway, he speaks Norwegian, German, and English fluently, and uses French as a research language.

Dr. Solvik was instrumental in setting up the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, which he has coordinated since 1999, and has also designed and taught numerous courses in Music History. In addition to his work with IES Abroad Vienna, Dr. Solvik has served as lecturer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (The University for Music and Performing Arts). His teaching and administrative experience is augmented by his active and productive scholarly career as an expert on Gustav Mahler.

IES Abroad Vienna Staff
Kendall Burgess, M.A.
Academic Registrar / Assistant to the Center Director 

Kaja Ciupinska
Institutional Relations and Events Coordinator

Helmut Summesberger
Manager of Student Affairs and Facilities 

Meral Kölblinger
Student Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs

Mathias Schmerbach
Accounting and Finance Manager

Tobias Sigmund
Student Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs 

Dieter Strobl
Facilities Coordinator / Library Services

IES Abroad Vienna Faculty
Gabriele Amon
Studio Art
Mag. Art, University for Applied Arts in Vienna; Univ.-Lekt. University of Applied Arts, Institute for Art and Technology – dept. of Textile 

Ulrike Anton
Music History
Music Performance
1er Prix - Degré Superieur (Conservatoire Hector Berlioz, Paris) ; Professional Performance Diploma (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester); Master of Music (University of Manchester); PhD in musicology (University of Vienna/University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna); International concert flutist 

Robert Barefield
Intensive Music Performance Program
Hartt School of Music

Roswitha Benesch
Art History
Doctor philosophiae, Lektorin Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Evelyn Benesch
Art History
PhD University of Vienna, Deputy Director of Bank Austria Kunstforum 

Joelle Bouffa
Music Performance
Dilpoma in solo piano, chamber music, and vocal accompaniment at the Convervatoire royal de Liege; Coach for the Institute for Voice and Musical Theater at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna 

Deirdre Brenner
Music Performance
BA, Dartmouth College (USA); MMus, Royal Academy of Music (London, UK); Master's in Lied and Oratorio, Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversitaet (Vienna, Austria) 

Bianca Calinescu
Music Performance
Diploma in Piano Performance, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Ana Dimova
Diploma in piano at the State Music Academy Pantcho Vladigerov (Bulgaria), collaborative pianist in the String, Woodwind, and Percussion Departments of the Vienna Conservatory (Privatuniversität Wien)

Peter Fischer
International Law
Dr.juris Vienna University Dr.juris honoris causa Bratislava University Professor emeritus Vienna University Professor Bratislava School of Law 

Tibor Frank
History, Cultural History
MA, DrUniv, PhD, DLitt
Corr. Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of History
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary 

Michele Friedman
Music Performance
B.M., M.M., California State University; Lehrauftragte - Universität Mozarteum Salzburg; Lehrauftragte - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst ; Lehrende – Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität

Dietmar Friesenegger
Music History
MA; PhD Candidate, Cornell University

Peter Gerlich
Political Science
Doctor rerum politicarum, Master of Arts, Ordentlicher Professor, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien

Barbara Gorzynska
Music Performance
M.A. in Music Performance (violin), Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland; Adjunct, Academy of Music in Lodz; Visiting Professor, University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz 

Gerold Gruber
Music Theory
PhD Musicology, University of Vienna; Univ. Doz., a.o. Univ. Prof. Musicology at the Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Carolyn Hague
Music Performance
BM, Stetson University; MM, University of Louisville; DMA, University of Maryland at College Park; Lehrende - Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität 

Günter Haika
Literature, Culture and Gender Studies
Mag. phil., Professor University of Vienna; Wake Forest University Vienna Program 

Peter Haiss
Doctor rerum oeconomia, Dozent, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Karl-Franzens Universität Graz und Universität Innsbruck

Antonia Hanreich
History, Cultural History
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna
Freiberufliche Vortragende der

Monika Johnson-Schönstädt
Mat., Akademia-Vienna

Doerte Kuhlmann
Art History, Architecture
Ph.D.,Bauhaus University in Weimar; professor of Architecture Theory, Gender Studies and design, Institute of Architectural Sciences,Vienna University of Technology 

Géza Kállay
Ph.D., Doctor de Letteren (Leuven, 1996); professzor, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest, Hungary 

Erik Leidal
Music History
B.M. in Music History, B.A. in English Literature, Rice University; M.A. in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; independent international performer

William McElheney
Music Performance
Indiana University (Bloomington); diploma in Trombone Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Vienna Philharmonic 

Dardis McNamee
Graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Music and Political Science and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna in Contemporary History, Editor in Chief of the English-language monthly, The Vienna Review

Monika Meyer
Mag., Universität Wien

Wolfgang Moelzer
Business, Management
PhD, University of Economics and Business Administration; Managing Partner of BKB Management 

John Moraitis
Music History
Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA in Musicology, University of Georgia

Katalin Orbán
Ph.D. in Literatures in English at Rutgers University

Lecturer at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at Eötvös Loránd University

Beatrice Ottersböck
Art History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Freiberufliche Vortragende der Kunstgeschichte 

Roman Pfefferle
Political Science
PhD, University of Vienna; post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Government at the University of Vienna

Renate Philapitsch-Aschober
PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Sprachtrainerin 

Michael Pinkerton
Intensive Music Performance Program
Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität

Frank Pokorn
MSc, MA, University of Vienna; Lecturer for German Language,University of York, Psychologist, Vienna grammar school teacher

Wolfgang Prohaska
Art History
Ph.D. University of Vienna; Curator of Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish Baroque Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna; Position at the University of Fine Arts in the University of Vienna 

Gabriele Proy
Music Composition
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts

Lisa Regan
Art History
PhD UC Berkeley, Instructor at UC Berkely and Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz

Rosa Reitsamer
PhD University of Applied Arts – Vienna, Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Music Sociology at the University of Performing Arts - Vienna 

Tamás Réti
Közgazdasági és Piackutató Intézet (Kopint-Datorg), Budapest, Hungary

Heidi Roessler
Student Teaching Internship Coordinator
Magistra philosophiae, University of Vienna
Lehrerin, Bundesgymnasium Wien XIX 

Anna Ronai
Music Performance
MA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Russell Ryan
Music Performance
DMA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Professor of Collaborative Piano, Arizona State University

Margarete Schachermeier
German, Cultural History
Akademisches Übersetzerdiplom, University of Vienna

Nadja Schmidt
Political Science, Interdisciplinary European Studies
Mag., University of Vienna, Mag. College of Europe in Natolin/Poland; Phd student and lecturer, Political Science, University of Vienna 

Miyuki Schuessler
Music Performance
Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo); diploma in Piano Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Lehrende – Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität

Martin Schwarz
Business Internship Coordinator
Master of Art, University of Southern California-Los Angeles; Direktor
Martin Schwarz G.m.b.H. 

Birgit Schöny
Mag., University of Vienna; Sprachtrainerin 

Andrea Sernett
Dip, University of Vienna

Morten Solvik
Music History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania,
Lektor, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
IES Abroad Vienna Center Director 

Agnes Stillfried
Art History
MA, art history, University of Vienna

Reinhold Stipsits
Doctor philsophiae, Ausserordentlicher Professort, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Wien

Charlotte Summesberger
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna

Karl Vocelka
PhD in German philology from the University of Vienna

Stefan Wedrac
Magister Philosophiae and Ph.D. in History, Universität Wien 

Hemma Stagl
Magister Phil, University of Vienna

Reinhold Stipsits
Doctor philsophiae, Ausserordentlicher Professort, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Wien

Natalia Wächter
Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science
Dr. phil., Mag. rer.soc.oec, University of Vienna; senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

Hedwig Wölfl
MSc, University of Vienna Lecturer, University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna