PIPPA

This is PIPPA: alternative pop meets HipHop elements, Funk, and electronic music, and very successfully so. Philippa “Pippa” Galli, born in Vienna in 1985, did not find her way into music naturally. When she was in secondary school, with a focus on music, she was told she was lacking talent and ambition.

photo of artist PIPPA © Hilde van Maas

With such great "motivation", it took ten years until PIPPA dared to surrender to her own craving to express herself with music and she picked up guitar to write songs. It took some time until she settled there, but now PIPPA has found her topic, her story: Celebrating the imperfect, the beauty of simplicity. If she were a man, her slipshod genius would have probably been recognised sooner. This way, she wasn't underrated, but unknown. But the trained actress - who’s had guest appearances in Tatort, Soko Donau (well-known German TV shows) but also in theatre stages - is planning to change that and is now focusing solely on her music.

In early 2019, she released her debut album "Superland" in collaboration with Hans Wagner, frontman of the Viennese band Neuschnee. As Pippa the singer, Galli strikes a versatile balance between pop, rock, chanson and 80s Neue Deutsche Welle. According to her, a mix of hope and tristesse, children's speech and social criticism are an important motive behind her work. Her second 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.

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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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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Orchestra Divertimento Viennese

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.

The group has 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 orchestra's most recent successes include concerts with Angelika Kirchschlager and Camilla Nylund at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Brucknerhaus in Linz.

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