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Professor Wolfgang Herzer, who was principal cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1973 through 2005, has received the Large Gold Medal of Honour for Exceptional Service from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
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On May 3, 2008, technical engineer Dr. Hans Mühlbacher died at the age of 95. This renowned inventor of the technique of stereophonic radio broadcasting was a legendary personality in Viennese musical life.
On March 6, 2008, Professor Hans Fischer, a horn player with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1966 to 1993, celebrated his 80th birthday. On April 4, 2008, in the Philharmonic business office, a reception was held to celebrate this occasion.
The Mozart Association of Vienna bestowed upon four members of the Vienna Philharmonic who comprise the Steude Quartet (Concertmaster Volkhard Steude, Kirill Kobantchenko, Elmar Landerer, Wolfgang Härtel) the Erich-Schenk-Preis 2008.
On April 29, 2008, Marina Mahler, the granddaughter of Gustav Mahler, attended a Philharmonic rehearsal for the opening concerts of this year's Vienna Festival.
On May 17/18, 2008, Daniel Barenboim performed as soloist and conductor as part of the Vienna Festival.
On May 3/4, 2008, the Vienna Philharmonic performed two concerts for the opening of this year's Vienna Festival. The program was comprised of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.
On April 14 and 15, 2008, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Vienna Philharmonic performed two concerts under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
In six upcoming concerts in Vienna and Budapest, Lorin Maazel conducts compositions by Penderecki, Brahms, Kodály, and Dohnányi. Soloist in Ernst von Dohnányi's Concert Piece for Violoncello and Orchestra is the orchestra's principal cellist Robert Nagy.