Vienna Symphony

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The Vienna Symphony (Vienna Symphony Orchestra, German: Wiener Symphoniker) is an Austrian orchestra based in Vienna. Its primary concert venue is the Vienna Konzerthaus. In Vienna, the orchestra also performs at the Musikverein and at the Theater an der Wien.

Vienna Symphony
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Former nameWiener Concertverein, Tonkünstler Orchestra
Concert hallWiener Konzerthaus
Principal conductor(post vacant)


In 1900, Ferdinand Löwe founded the orchestra as the Wiener Concertverein (Vienna Concert Society). In 1913 it moved into the Konzerthaus, Vienna. In 1919 it merged with the Tonkünstler Orchestra. In 1933 it acquired its current name. Despite a lull in concert attendance after the introduction of radio during the 1920s, the orchestra survived until the invasion of Austria in 1938 and became incorporated into the German Culture Orchestras. As such, they were used for purposes of propaganda until, depleted by assignments to work in munitions factories, the orchestra closed down on September 1, 1944.

Their first post-war concert occurred on September 16, 1945, performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Under the direction of Josef Krips, they quickly rebuilt a modern repertoire after ten years of isolation, and travelled to the Bregenz Festival for the first time in the summer of 1946.

That year marked the beginning of the tenure of Herbert von Karajan who, though not principal conductor, worked with the orchestra in the "Karajan Series" concerts, going on extensive tours throughout Europe and North America. In 1959. the orchestra performed for Pope John XXIII at Vatican City, leading up to the debut of Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Sawallisch's leadership saw a tour of the United States in 1964 as well as a combined U.S.-Japan tour in 1967. It also included the re-opening of the Theater an der Wien in 1962. Krips returned as artistic advisor in the interim between Sawallisch's departure and the arrival of Carlo Maria Giulini as principal conductor. In 1986, Georges Prêtre became principal guest conductor, and served until the arrival of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos as principal conductor in 1991. Vladimir Fedoseyev became chief conductor in 1997 and served in the post until 2005. Prêtre and Sawallisch each held the title of Ehrendirigent (honorary conductor) of the orchestra until their respective deaths. Fabio Luisi was principal conductor from 2005 to 2013.[1][2]

In October 2011, Philippe Jordan was named the orchestra's next chief conductor, effective with the 2014–2015 season,[3] with an initial contract of 5 years[4] In December 2016, the orchestra announced the extension of Jordan's contract as chief conductor through the 2020–2021 season.[5] The orchestra has begun its first CD commercial cycle of recording of the Beethoven symphonies with Jordan.[6] Jordan concluded his tenure as chief conductor at the close of the 2020–2021 season.[7]

Andrés Orozco-Estrada first guest-conducted the orchestra in 2006. In March 2018, the orchestra announced the appointment of Orozco-Estrada as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2021–2022 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. He took the title of chief conductor designate for the 2020–2021 season.[7] Following a report that the orchestra had planned not to extend his initial contract, Orozco-Estrada resigned as chief conductor on 12 April 2022, with immediate effect.[8]

Marie Jacquot first guest-conducted the orchestra in 2020. In March 2023, the orchestra announced the appointment of Jacquot as its next principal guest conductor (Erste Gastdirigentin), the first female conductor to be named to the post, effective with the 2023-2024 season.[9]

Chief conductorsEdit

Wiener Konzerthaus

Other affiliated conductorsEdit


  1. ^ Naredi-Reiner, Ernst (18 January 2011). "Umzug nach New York". Kleine Zeitung. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel (21 April 2011). "On Deck, the Met's Pinch-Hitter". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Philippe Jordan new Chief Conductor in 2014–15" (Press release). Vienna Symphony. 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  4. ^ Cadenhead, Frank (6 October 2011). "A High-Profile Podium for a Rising Star: Philippe Jordan to Head Vienna Symphony Orchestra". Playbill. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Music Director extends contract" (Press release). Vienna Symphony. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  6. ^ Jeal, Erica (19 October 2017). "Wiener Symphoniker: Beethoven Symphonies 1, 3 CD review – persuasive and buoyant". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Andrés Orozco-Estrada has been appointed Music Director Designate of the Wiener Symphoniker as of the 2021–2022 season" (Press release). Vienna Symphony. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Orozco-Estrada tritt als Chefdirigent der Wiener Symphoniker zurück". Der Standard. 12 April 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Marie Jacquot becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra" (Press release). Künstleragentur Dr. Raab & Dr. Böhm. 24 March 2023. Retrieved 24 April 2023.

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