Who we are

The Beginning

It was in 2009 when three renowned institutions in Vienna founded an association with the aim to provide music and musical support to all children and young people who have little or no access to cultural support. Requirements should be cost-free and high-quality. With and through music, an important contribution to educational support and integration should be made. The well-known institutions Vienna Concert Hall (with then Bernhard Kerres as president and Monika Jeschko as program manager for children and youth programs), the Vienna Boys Choir (with Gerald Wirth) and Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna (with 2009 Werner Binnenstein-Bachstein as Managing Director) and with the support of the cultural department of the city of Vienna (with Birgit Brodner as speaker) the non-for-profit organisation "Vorlaut" was founded. The launch was successful in the first year with 350 children in 3 schools in Vienna. In 2011 "Vorlaut" was renamed "Superar", due to the first big step to internationality. Since then, Superar has grown constantly.
In 2017 about 60 Superar teachers are working with about 2.700 children and young people in 6 different countries. 

One of the main inspirations for the founding was Venezuelas El Sistema. Since 1975 a musical system for underpriviledged children, founded by Jos√© Antonio Abreu, started growing from Venezuela to build a musical network all around the world. Superar forms part of the Sistema Europe Network. Superar works in close partnership with Sistema initiatives in Turkey, Italy and the UK aswell as the Balkans.

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

we are closely connected to other sistema initiatives

Superar is part of Sistema Europe. The El Sistema Europe Development Program (ESEDP) aimed 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. 
Highlights are SEYO (Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra) Summercamps, held annualy since 2013 with the first Camp in Vienna hosted by Superar,  2014 in Istanbul hosted by Music for Peace Program, 2015 in Milano hosted by Sistema Italia and finally 2017 in Athens hosted by Sistema Greece. 

Founders

  • Caritas
  • Konzerthaus
  • Wiener S√§ngerknaben

Mainpartner

  • Hilti Foundation