The history of MIMF began in 2006 when Zane Zalis, through a series of coincidences, first came to Murau to give a concert with his choir. Initially, the organizer of the concert tour at that time had ended up in Murau by chance. On a trip he was taking he had in fact taken a different route than planned and then had to spend the night in Murau. He took a liking to the small-town charm of this upper Styrian brewery village. So he suggested to Zane that he perform here and Zane promptly agreed. Following the concert, there was a series of personal conversations that led Zane to return again in the same year to hold a choral workshop with the youth of the region. The final concert was performed in a still very modest framework as part of the street concert “Gasseln”, a Murau village festival.
MIMF has grown over the years, becoming a significant festival which attracts several hundreds of guests to the final concert. This positive development is due not least to the generous financial and organizational support from the municipality of Murau under Mayor Thomas Kalcher. In addition, the MIMF has also received generous cultural funding by the State of Styria.
Since 2013 composers have the chance to submit new compositions. Selected pieces are premiered at the gala concert.
Since 2014 a creative workshop for composition ist held and in 2013 and 2014 an orchestra workshop for string instruments was held in which the participants were able to learn about classical orchestral work as well as improvisation and free play.
With the austrian premiere of his oratorio "NOSTOS. A Journey of Others", performed by the University of Hohenheim, the Solitude Choir Stuttgart, the MIMF-Choir and four soloists conducted by Klaus Breuninger, Zane Zalis withdrew from the MIMF.