Wiener Symphoniker, Austria, 2020

Tour Dates: 17th June - 29th June, 2020

As Vienna's cultural ambassador and concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion's share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital.

Tour Dates
  • 17th June - 29th June, 2020


As Vienna's cultural ambassador and concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion's share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The orchestra's activities centre on innovative projects that are associated with the purposeful cultivation of important Viennese musical traditions.

In October 1900, the newly formed Wiener Concertverein, as it was called back then, gave its first public performance at the Vienna Musikverein with Ferdinand Löwe on the podium. The Wiener Symphoniker has premiered works that are now undisputed staples of the orchestral repertoire, including Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, Arnold Schönberg's Gurre Lieder, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Franz Schmidt's The Book with Seven Seals. Over the course of its history, conducting greats like Bruno Walter, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Oswald Kabasta, George Szell and Hans Knappertsbusch have left an indelible mark on the orchestra. In later decades, Herbert von Karajan (1950-1960) and Wolfgang Sawallisch (1960-1970) were the Chief Conductors who moulded the sound of the orchestra most significantly. After the brief return of Josef Krips, the position of Chief Conductor was filled by Carlo Maria Giulini and Gennadij Roshdestvensky. Georges Prêtre was Chief Conductor from 1986 to 1991. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Fabio Luisi then assumed leadership of the orchestra.

Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Claudia Abbado and Sergiu Celibidache are among the luminaries who have enjoyed notable success as guests on the podium of the Wiener Symphoniker.

The Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan took up the position of Music Director at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading the Wiener Symphoniker into a new era. In the process, the orchestra focuses especially on seasonal involvement with major composers, contemporary music, collaboration with Artists in Residence, and spirited activity in music education.

The Wiener Symphoniker appears in more than 150 concerts and operatic performances per season, the vast majority of which take place in Vienna's well known concert venues, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus. Added to that is a very busy and extensive touring schedule. Since 1946, the Wiener Symphoniker has been the Orchestra in Residence at the Bregenz Festival, where it also plays the majority of operatic and symphonic performances. The orchestra took on a new challenge at the beginning of 2006: That's when the Theater an der Wien became a functioning opera house again, and the orchestra has been responsible for a significant number of productions ever since.

Chefdirigent: Philippe Jordan

As the current Music Director of both the Wiener Symphoniker and the Opéra national de Paris Philippe Jordan has established himself as one of the most talented and exciting conductors of his generation. He has been appointed Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper beginning in 2020. His career began as Kapellmeister at the Ulm Stadttheater and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. From 2001–2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2006–2010, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Philippe Jordan has worked at the most prestigious international opera houses and festivals including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the festivals of Aix-en-Provence Festival and Glyndebourne. Having debuted at the Bayreuther Festspiele with Parsifal in 2012, he returned in 2017 with a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which he conducted again in 2018 and will also conduct in the summer of 2019. He returns to New York in Spring 2019 to conduct The Ring of the Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera.

Philippe Jordan’s orchestral engagements have included both the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Staatskapelle, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle Zürich as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester. In North America, he has appeared with the New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington und Montreal Orchestras.

With the Wiener Symphoniker Philippe Jordan has performed an integral cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies, Beethoven’s symphonies and piano concertos – the later combined with the main orchestral works of Béla Bartók – and a cycle of Bach’s great masses and oratorios. With the Wiener Symphoniker he has so far recorded Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ followed by Schubert’s 7th and 8th Symphonies. Until 2020 his recordings of all Beethoven symphonies with the orchestra will be released on five CDs. 

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