Who we are

The Beginning

In 2009, three renowned institutions in Vienna founded an association with the aim of providing music and musical support to those children and young people who have little or no access to cultural support. This programming would be cost-free and high-quality. They hoped that music could be a vehicle for educational support and integration. These founding institutions were the Vienna Concert Hall (with President Bernhard Kerres and program manager for children and youth programs Monika Jeschko), the Vienna Boys Choir (with Director Gerald Wirth) and Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna (with Managing Director Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein), with the support of the cultural department of the city of Vienna (with speaker Birgit Brodner). They christened the resulting not-for-profit organisation “Vorlaut.” The launch was successful: in the first year, the program enrolled 350 children in 3 Viennese schools. In 2011, Vorlaut was renamed "Superar" in order to take the first step towards becoming an international organization. In subsequent years, Superar has grown tremendously: as of 2017, around 60 Superar teachers work with about 2,700 children and young people in 6 different countries

Superar was inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema. El Sistema is a musical system for underprivileged children founded by José Antonio Abreu in 1975. The program soon grew beyond Venezuela into an emergent global music network. Superar is a part of the Sistema Europe Network. Superar has particularly close connections to Sistema initiatives in Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom as well as in the Balkans.

Superar is a not-for-profit, independent association that works in close partnership with its founding institutions. Superar is primarily funded by the Hilti Foundation.

we are closely connected to other sistema initiatives

Superar is part of Sistema Europe. The El Sistema Europe Development Program (ESEDP) aims to create new structures for the European and international network. In addition to Superar, 5 other El Sistema initiatives from the UK, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia and Turkey participated in ESEDP. The result was the Sistema Europe network, which today covers Sistema inspired initiatives in around 30 European countries The main focus of Sistema Europe lies in the exchange of participants and education of musicians from the respective countries. 

A major highlight of this partnership is the SEYO (Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra) Summer camp, held annually since 2013. The first camp was hosted by Superar in Vienna, the 2014 camp was hosted by Music for Peace in Istanbul, the 2015 camp was hosted by Sistema Europe in Milan, and the 2017 camp was hosted by Sistema Greece in Athens.

Founders

  • Caritas
  • Konzerthaus
  • Wiener Sängerknaben

Mainpartner

  • Hilti Foundation