The Orchestra of the Bregenz Festival
Since the Festival was founded in 1946, over 70 years ago now, the Wiener Symphoniker has spent every summer as orchestra in residence at Bregenz Festival. The musicians live and work for a good one and a half months in their second home at Lake Constance.
As well as appearing as the opera orchestra in performances on the lake stage and at the Festspielhaus, the Wiener Symphoniker traditionally gives three orchestral concerts with leading conductors and classical soloists. In addition to that, during their Vorarlberg residency the Wiener Symphoniker musicians form various ensembles as part of the Festival's fringe programme and on Wiener Symphoniker Day and perform all around Vorarlberg, strengthening the already close ties with the federal state. For the remainder of the year the orchestra gives concert series at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Musikverein and is responsible for the greater part of the concerts in the music-filled capital; it also performs at major music venues around the world as a cultural ambassador of Vienna.
The Wiener Symphoniker orchestra was founded in 1900. It rapidly established a glowing international reputation under such eminent conductors as Bruno Walter, Richard Strauss and Wilhelm Furtwängler and for giving the world premiere of important works by Anton Bruckner, Arnold Schoenberg and Maurice Ravel among others. The Wiener Symphoniker developed into a world-class orchestra thanks to the chief conductors Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlo Maria Giulini and Georges Prêtre, who all influenced and further honed the orchestral sound. The further development and preservation of the orchestra's specifically Viennese playing tradition has lain, since the 2020|21 season, in the capable hands of the new chief conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
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Wiener Symphoniker at Bregenz Festival 2012 "Per Taxi auf die Seebühne"