Orchestra Divertimento Viennese

Divertimento Viennese was founded in 1998 by Vinzenz Praxmarer. Together with concert master Martin Reining, Praxmarer put together the orchestra which originally consisted of students of music and whose members are top musicians. Their work stands for quality and musical opulence.

Orchestra Divertimento viennese © Gregor Schweinester

The orchestra is involved in the musical direction of numerous Vienna balls, such as the Philharmonic Ball, and with their lively 1920s sound, they create a classy and top-quality atmosphere for dancing.

But the group has also found their musical home in the music of the Fin de Siècle, meaning the time of the late 19th and early 20th century. A special focus in their repertoire is works of composers who had been ostracized and forced into exile but whose artistic work has a connection to Vienna. The works include compositions by Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Arnold Schönberg, Karl Weigl, Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Dimitri Schostakowitsch, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.

Divertimento Viennese designs concert programmes with works from late romanticism, impressionism, expressionism, art nouveau, early modernism as well as works inspired by jazz. This makes for concert programmes with a clear dramaturgical line on topics such as Vienna, home, identity, emigration, exile, loss, yearning, and nostalgia.
Regular collaborations with renowned opera singers is one of the benchmarks of the orchestra’s artistic work. Divertimento Viennese has worked with KS Angelika Kirchschlager, Camilla Nylund, Nadine Sierra, Rihab Chaieb, Hila Fahima, Valentina Nafornita, Ildiko Raimondi, René Pape, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, Luca Pisaroni, Lucas Meachem, Norbert Ernst, Rafael Fingerlos, Paul Schweinester and many others.

Concert tours have allowed the orchestra to travel all over Austria and, most recently, also to New York, Milan, Las Palmas, London, and Chemnitz. The orchestra regular performs at the Vienna Musikverein, at Vienna Konzerthaus, at Brucknerhaus in Linz, at the Auditoria Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas and in countless other concert halls.

Wiener Symphoniker

Wiener Symphoniker

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.

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Ingo Metzmacher

Conductor

The work of conductor Ingo Metzmacher is characterised by his consistent commitment for the music of the 20th and 21st century as well as by a very innovative programme.

Some of his most recent projects are the premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Weiden (The Willows) in Vienna, new productions of Shostakovich’s  Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Paris and Enescu’s Oedipe (2019) as well as Luigi Nono's Intolleranza 1960 (2020) at the Salzburg Festival, or the French premiere of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In the fall of 2020, he managed the new production of Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel (The Birds) at the Bavarian State Opera. The KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen were held under his artistic direction for the fifth time.

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PIPPA

PIPPA

Her album "Idiotenparadies" made the singer discover her passion for different sounds and arrangements. "Superland" had mainly songs in the classic sense, whereas her new album thrives on an appetite for experimentation. Pop meets HipHop, Funk and electronic music, which makes for the creation of something completely new. Something that’s unmistakeably PIPPA.

Her lyrics are still stories and anecdotes about Vienna and her own life. Astonishing about them is her sometimes almost brutal honesty ("Meine Traurigkeit", engl. "My sadness"), which shows the artist's vulnerability. "As women, we must be allowed to show our weaknesses. Perfection is deadly boring anyway." PIPPA considers the beauty of failure her motto in life.

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Wladigeroff Brothers & Violinist Alexander Nantschev

Twins Alexander and Konstantin Wladigeroff have been enhancing Vienna's jazz and ethno-scene for over 20 years. They were also part of the Vienna Festival. They have had several guest performances as instrumentalists on stage of the Vienna Burgtheater. This has made for projects that transcend genres, combining elements from classical music, jazz, world music and Bulgarian folk music, which are interpreted with lots of curiosity and enthusiasm. The two also perform regularly with Vienna born and raised violinist Alexander Natntschev. As a trio, the twins and Alexander Nantschev have arranged a piece of music for the group of victims of the Roma and Sinti at this year’s Festival of Joy.

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