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Wiener Philharmoniker – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1848 as the first professional orchestra in Vienna. While it is proud of its democratic structure it has taken the orchestra 155 years to get used to the idea of women taking an active role as philharmonic musicians. The first female was accepted in 1997 – a step, that the like-minded institution of the Spanish Riding School has yet to take!

The ‘Wiener Philharmoniker’ have collaborated with exceptional composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The distinctly Viennese sound is guaranteed by the choice of instruments: Viennese woodwinds, brass instruments and strings vary slightly from their international counterparts. Vibrato is used only sparingly and mostly by strings.

One of the highlights of Vienna’s cultural calendar is the ‘Neujahrskonzert‘ of the Vienna Philharmonic. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is considered to be one of the best world-wide.

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bösendorferstraße 12, 1010 Vienna


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