Haiga was born in Bucharest in an Armenian-Romanian family and she has been living in Vienna since 1995, where she specialized in music analysis and history of the 18th and 19th Centuries as a fellow at the Viennese University of Music and Dramatics. She completed her PhD in musicology in 2002 and was recipient of various research grants in Austria, which allowed her to present her work at international conferences across Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Romania and Austria). Her work appeared in scientific publications like Musicologica Austriaca (Viena), Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (Viena), Musurgia. Analyse et pratique musicales (Paris), Musikgeschichte in Mittel- und Osteuropa (Leipzig), Spiegelungen (München), Spaces of Identity (Canada), etc. She became a Vienna licensed guide in 2005, enthusiastically working since then as a musicologist and a Vienna local guide. Her tours focus both on classical music and art history, as well as on the life of palaces and their inhabitants.
Having obtained a Masters degree in Romance languages, and studied ethnology and journalism in the 1990s in Vienna as well, Ilse has served as the editor for numerous well-known Vienna-based writers. Her interests have always been attracted to history, the arts and literature. Born and raised in Salzburg, it is not a surprise that she also developed an early affinity for classical music, studying piano at an advanced level in Graz for 2 years. She worked with the Sigmund Freud Museum for 3 years; and in 2013, after two and a half years of required training and study she became a licensed Austrian tour guide. Ilse delights in sharing the fascinating history and culture of Vienna and Salzburg on a personal level, while enjoying cultural exchanges with visitors from all over the world.
Christa Veigl obtained her PhD in German Language and Literature and in the History of Arts from the University of Vienna. Since graduating, she has worked as a Research Assistant at University of Vienna and as a freelance editor and writer. She is the author of many publications focusing on 19th-century Viennese architecture and building practice, cultural and urban history, Otto Wagner’s architecture and ideas of urban transformation, and Vienna’s phenomenal turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau period. Since she took up guiding in 2004, she delights in crafting tours dealing with Vienna’s 19th century revival styles and the Ringstrasse project, urban expansion and town planning from Roman Vienna to modern day, Vienna in 1900 and its cutting edge contemporary architecture.
Felicitas Konecny studied architecture in Graz, Naples and Vienna. As a student she organized conferences, co-founded a research group, wrote articles, held seminars and worked freelance at architectural firms. This wide-ranging experience led her to a position as the secretary of the Austrian Society for Architecture (1997-2003). Five times she was a co-curator of the biennial Architecture Days in Vienna, from 2005–2010 she edited a program on architecture for Vienna‘s Community-TV-Channel „Okto“. In 2012, she became a licensed Austrian tour guide. Her tours are mainly focused on the urban development of Vienna from the origins to the present day and architecture in its respective socioeconomic, political, cultural, and aesthetic context. What makes Viennese architecture special to her: the multifaceted interplay of buildings from all ages in this historic city and the prominent role of social/affordable housing as a motor for innovation and a challenge for the best architects. Although an enthusiastic native Viennese, she despises cliches and is happy about visitors with a critical eye.
Born in Istanbul, Jale Akcil has been living for 33 years in Vienna and considers herself a great appreciator of her adopted city and its culture. In addition to obtaining her MA in History and Art History from of the University of Vienna, she attended more than 8 years of training at the conservatory as a pianist. Having worked in various roles in the field of tourism for 25 years, she decided to become a licensed guide in order to spend more of her time sharing her own passions for literature, architecture, art and travel.