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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2016

A gift from the Vienna Philharmonic to all Viennese and visitors to our city with free admission!


Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Schönbrunn Palace, Palace Gardens
(in front of the Neptune Fountain)
1130 Vienna

Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Soloists: Katia Labèque, Piano
             Marielle Labèque, Pianor

The Vienna Philharmonic performs its annual Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, an open-air concert with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Semyon Bychov conducts the Summer Night Concert, which attracts up to 100,000 visitors annually to the Palace Park. 

With this open-air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Program of the Summer Night Concert 2016

Getting to Schönbrun Palace

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Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

A gift from the Vienna Philharmonic to all Viennese and visitors to our city with free admission!

Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov’s approach to music making combines innate musicality with the rigours of Russian pedagogy.  With his time carefully balanced between the concert hall and the opera house, Bychkov conducts repertoire that spans four centuries.

Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1952, Semyon Bychkov was 20 when he won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition.  Two years later, having been denied his prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra he left the former Soviet Union where, from the age of five, he had been singled out for an extraordinarily privileged education in music.

International Career

By the time Bychkov returned to St Petersburg in 1989 as the Philharmonic’s Principal Guest Conductor, he had enjoyed success in the US as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. In 1989 he was named Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris; in 1997 Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; and, the following year Chief Conductor of the Dresden Semperoper.


In the opera house, Bychkov is recognized for his interpretation of Strauss, Wagner and Verdi. Bychkov’s symphonic engagements include annual tours with the Munich Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic, as well as guest engagements with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Orchestre National de France, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


In 1986, Bychkov signed with Philips and began a significant recording collaboration which produced an extensive discography with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris. These were later followed by a series of benchmark recordings, the result of his 13-year collaboration (1997-2010) with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.  His recording of Lohengrin was voted BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Year in 2010.


Semyon Bychkov currently holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with whom he appears annually at the BBC Proms.


Katia and Marielle Labèque

Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Daughters of Ada Cecchi (herself a pupil of Marguerite Long), Katia and Marielle had a childhood filled with music.

Their musical ambitions started at an early age and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music) and have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide. They perform regularly with the most prestigious orchestras. 


Katia und Marielle Labèque konzertieren regelmäßig mit den weltbesten Orchestern wie den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem Bayrischen Rundfunk Orchester, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonia della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, der Dresdner Staatskapelle sowie den Wiener Philharmonikern. Sie arbeiten mit Dirigenten wie Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Jarvi, Parvo Jarvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin und Michael Tilson Thomas zusammen.

They concluded the year 2012 with three concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Vienna Musikverein under Semyon Bychkov.

Baroque Music

They have appeared with Baroque music ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini, Musica Antica with Reinhard Goebel and Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, and recently toured with The Age of Enlightenment & Sir Simon Rattle.Their next appearance with baroque instruments will be at Theatre des Champs Elysées in May 2016 with Pomo d Oro.

New Music

Katia and Marielle have had the privilege of working with many composers including Louis Andriessen, Thomas Adès, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philippe Boesmans, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen.

KML Foundation

They have also launched the KML Foundation aimed at furthering research and developing awareness of the duo piano repertoire through meetings between artists of all fields. One of the Foundation latest project is a concert around Moondog's music, in collaboration with King's Place in London, in continuity to their work on Minimalist composers, introducing the new group "Ubu Noir".


Bernardo Bellotto, gen. Canaletto: Schönbrunn Gartenseite, Ölgemälde, 1759/60 ©  Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ≡ InfoBernardo Bellotto, gen. Canaletto: Schönbrunn Gartenseite, Ölgemälde, 1759/60 | + Zoom

Schönbrunn Palace: Nature, Art and History; Music and Joie de Vivre

Dr. Otto Biba

Ever since Emperor Maximilian and the year 1569, the Hapsburgs maintained a retreat where Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are located today.A small hunting castle was situated here which was destroyed during the second Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683. Twelve years later,

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Important Information for All Visitors

This year's renovation work on the Vienna subway line U4 represents an additional challenge for concertgoers traveling to the Summer Night Concert 2016. We therefore ask that you take pay special attention to the information provided on the page 'Getting to Schönbrunn Palace' .

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The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn is presented by Rolex. Since 2008, Rolex is the worldwide exclusive partner of the Vienna Philharmonic and through its commitment makes possible the realization of various projects, among them the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn and the New Year's Concert.


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