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French-Canadian by birth, Jean-Pascal Vachon completed a degree in translation at Québec’s Université Laval and obtained his BA and MA in musicology at the Université de Montréal. In Canada, Jean-Pascal has contributed to the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of music in Canada. He worked as a jazz critic for Montreal weekly cultural paper Voir and as a researcher/writer for Radio-Canada’s classical music network. Since settling in Vienna in 1993, Jean-Pascal has taught various courses on music for several institutions, such as Webster University in Vienna (since 2006), Webster University in Saint Louis, South-West Minnesota University and Donau Universität in Krems. Topics have included Music & Politics, Music & Media, Film Music, 20th century music, History of jazz, and History of rock music. In addition to non-university lecturing on music-related topics in Vienna, Saint Louis and Ottawa, Jean-Pascal has also worked in communications and arts & culture administration in the private and public sector. Finally, Jean-Pascal has written extensively on music, including program notes for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as writing and translating liner notes for the Swedish-based classical label BIS. Jean-Pascal is an avid comic book reader, a bit of a film-buff and has traveled extensively around the world.
Peter was born in Vienna and grew up in the 3rd District, at that time British occupation zone after WW II. His school years were spent in Krems, the gateway to the Wachau Valley, and he graduated at the local Piaristengymnasium before studying law at the University of Vienna. Immediately after University, Peter started his own business as an art and antique dealer and gallery owner. The gallery was located in Krems and specialized in applied arts (in particular for Austrian silver and porcelain from the 17th - 19th centuries) and Austrian paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. He participated for many years as an exhibitor in the prestigious Austrian Art Fairs in Vienna and Salzburg. 25 years in the arts and cultural sector have been followed by years as an entrepreneur in Vienna in the field of financial consulting and communication training. Now he is back to his old love - the world of art and culture, and is very pleased to be able to inspire all of his guests and friends with his passion for the finer things in life.
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