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In 1869, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the first powers in Europe to establish diplomatic relations with Japan. In celebration of the140th anniversary of this treaty of friendship, the Art History Museum of Vienna in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is currently presenting a prominent exhibition containing 74 representative paintings of old masters from their collections in Japan. The official opening took place on September 24, 2009, under the auspices of General Director Dr. Sabine Haag, at which time a quartet from the Wiener Chamber Ensemble, made up of Albena Danailova, Jun Keller, Tobias Lea and Tamás Varga, performed the variation movement from Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C major, Hob. III:77, also known as the "Emperor Quartet".
Upon the occasion of an official state visit, the Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, accompanied by several other Austrian governmental officials, met with a large Japanese delegation to celebrate the 140-year treaty of friendship between the two nations, and a musical program was also provided by members of the Vienna Philharmonic. In Tokyo on October 1st, as part of a chamber music concert for Emperor Akihito and Emperess Michiko, Peter Schmidl, Hubert Kroisamer, Clemens Hellsberg, Robert Bauerstatter and Eckart Schwarz-Schulz performed Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581.