Open Piano For Refugees
Everyone is welcome to play. Everyone is welcome to listen.
Our goal is to bring people from all walks of life together by placing freely accessible grand pianos in public spaces. Places of encounter emerge where language and words become unnecessary. The project aims to enhance the social participation of refugees and strengthens the social bond in society as a whole.
A musical instrument becomes an instrument of integration.
We coordinate buildup and dismantling, weather protection, permits, piano transport, continuous supervision and playing of the pianos, as well as the organization of concerts at the locations. Generated donations are invested in our social music institute DoReMi.
Doremi – The Social Music Institute
In December 2016, we started teaching piano to almost 20 refugees in Vienna for free in the “Piano School for Refugees”, as it was called at the time. Refugees should be able to play on the Open Pianos and soon take care of the Open Piano locations to earn some pocket money. Lessons at the MZW – ‘Musisches Zentrum Wien’ were a success and inspiration for more to come. The big motivation of all people people involved and therefore the potential of the project was undeniable.
As a result in 2018 we founded “DoReMi – the social music institute”.
Here we offer music classes in pair lessons for refugees and socially disadvantaged people paired up with people being socioeconomically more fortunate and mostly German-speaking. Sustainable integration and appreciation of cultural diversity are promoted through an innovative “Pay as much as you can” concept while enjoying music classes together. Some refugees / migrants and socially disadvantaged people are also teachers of oriental instruments, in addition to the classes of piano, guitar, singing, an integrative choir and other instruments we offer. At the moment, we are proud of being able to teach around 180 students (approx. 90 of them refugees and socially disadvantaged people with and without a migration background).
Are you still looking for the right live or background music for an event?
Economic integration is a crucial part in order to fully participate in a society. Besides the possibilities of being teacher at our music institute and taking care of our open piano locations we try to provide refugee musicians with concert opportunities. Thereby we enable them to use their creative potential for a fee and to take further steps towards successful integration. We offer passionate and experienced concert musicians on many instruments. So in case you need the right music and atmosphere for your event and want to support a good cause, we might be what you are looking for. Contact us.
Co-Founder, Man for Everything
Udo has a truly positive impact in all areas of the organization. He plans, coordinates and is literally in seventh heaven with new ideas. With his calming ways, he takes care of the overall organization and supports with his many years of experience, wherever “udosche” help is needed.
The Prudent One
Omar is known to many for years as a fun-loving, engaging and open-minded host with finesse on the keyboard. Finally, he has got his many talents involved in the organization and, in addition to perfectly running the Open Piano events, he mainly ensures the smooth operation of DoReMi.
The Bombastic One
Damion is bursting with energy, wit and motivation. With Vienna’s widest grin on his face and his charm, he nurtures and cares for our social media community, edits numerous very valuable videos and organizes Open Piano events. He also proves to be a born entertainer on the piano.
The Magical One
Johanna shakes new aces out of her sleeve every week and enchants with her self-organization, her talent for websites and her eye for aesthetics. She is full of energy, directs the Open Piano agendas like a symphony orchestra and ensures order within the organization with her calmness.
Co-Founder, Man for the Rough
From the very beginning, Nico was fully involved right from the first idea. He takes care of legal matters, finances, website, funding, Open Piano locations and the development of new business areas. He now focuses on looking at the big picture, but is also happy to host our Open Piano events from time to time.
Kathrin is a multi-talent, has an eye for aesthetic design, musical persuasion, a sense of good organization and will to win your heart over the phone with her warm being. With a sharp look, she continues to support the organization and conquers every hurdle.
Co-Founderin, Woman for Details
Our cheerful nature played a decisive role in the development of the music institute and ensures that the operation of DoReMi runs smoothly. She has an eye for the sustainable development of the organization and for details, such as in communication with teachers. Her happy nature is particularly evident in the Open Piano support.
Media & Press
#wienLEBT – ‘Open Piano for Peace am Stephansplatz’
Salzburg 24, 31.05.2021
‘Open Piano am Mozartplatz in Salzburg’
Wiener Bezirksblatt, 20.05.2021
‘Open Piano geht in die nächste Runde’
Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 11.09.2020
‘Musik für einen guten Zweck’
‘Open Piano for Refugees wieder am Start’
‘Open Piano macht Station am Floridsdorfer Bahnhof und beim MQ Wien’
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, 26.01.2020
‘Musik für alle’
Westfälische Nachrichten, 22.08.2019
‘Alle können spielen, alle können zuhören’
Vorarlberg Online, 26.01.2019
‘Das sind die Vorarlberger des Jahres’
Die Presse, 30.08.2018
‘Linzer Hauptplatz wird für vier Tage zum Konzertsaal’
Info Migrants, 08.08.2018
‘Viennese piano initiative raises money for refugee student musicians’
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, 17.07.2018
‘Wer Lust hat, spielt auf dem Piano am See’
Die Presse, 20.03.2018
‘Ein Freiluft-Klavier mit Folgen’
Wiener Zeitung, 08.03.2018
Der Standard, 08.02.2018
‘So kommen Leute zusammen’
Wiener Bezirkszeitung, 05.02.2018
‘Musik in den Straßen Wiens’
Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, 10.11.2017
‘Ein Klavier in der Markthalle und alle dürfen ran’
Wiener Zeitung, 13.09.2017
‘Aufspielen für Flüchtlinge’
BR 24, 27.07.2017
‘Sozialaktion in Bayreuth – Open Piano for Refugees’
‘Open Piano for Refugees sammelt Spenden’
Der Standard, 10.07.2017
‘Get Active – Die Finalisten für den Social Business Award’
Münchner tz, 16.06.2017
‘Auf dem Odeonsplatz: Klavierkonzert für Flüchtlinge’
‘Ein Klavier auf der Einkaufsmeile: Aktion für Flüchtlinge’
Stuttgarter Zeitung, 01.06.2017
‘Open Piano for Refugees in Stuttgart – Klavierspielen für den guten Zweck’
Salzburger Nachrichten, 15.05.2017
‘Klavierspielen ertönte inmitten der Salzburger Altstadt’
Die Presse, 02.09.2016
‘MQ: Open Piano und ein Konzert von Dunkelbunt’
Wiener Zeitung, 01.09.2016
‘Wunder bewirken mit Musik’
Schwäbische Zeitung, 27.08.2016
‘Hier darf jeder in die Tasten hauen’
Schwäbische Zeitung, 23.08.2016
‘Ein Klavier als Ort der Begegnung’
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, 22.07.2016
‘Am See in die Tasten hauen’
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, 22.06.2016
‘Open Piano zu Gast an WU’
Salzburg 24, 13.05.2016
‘Open Piano erklingt in Salzburger Altstadt’
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