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Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2016

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn

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 Site.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM
Place: Schönbrunn Palace, Palace Gardens
(in front of the Neptune Fountain)
1130 Vienna

Conductor: Semyon Bychkov

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 Site.


The program of the Summer Night Concert 2016 will be announced at a later date.

Getting to Schönbrun Palace

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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.

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.

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

There is no admission fee for the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn. The park is accessible for all visitors. The Main Palace Gate as well as the Meidlinger Gate (eastern side of the palace) and Hietzinger Gate (western side of the palace) will remain open on the evening of the concert until 1:00 AM.

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Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2015

The traditional open-air concert in the Schönbrunn Palace Park features Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic performing compositions by Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding and Jean Sibelius. The soloist in the Grieg Piano Concerto is Rudolf Buchbinder. The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which is broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, has within only a few years become one of the most popular open air classical music concerts.

SONY CLASS, CD

€ 21.90 Order

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2015

The traditional open air concert in the Schönbrunn Palace Park features Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic performing compositions by Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding and Jean Sibelius. The soloist in the Grieg Piano Concerto is Rudolf Buchbinder. The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which is broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, has within only a few years become one of the most popular open air classical music concerts.

SONY CLASS, DVD

€ 24.90 Order

Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2015

The traditional open air concert in the Schönbrunn Palace Park features Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic performing compositions by Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Christian Sinding and Jean Sibelius. The soloist in the Grieg Piano Concerto is Rudolf Buchbinder. The Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which is broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, has within only a few years become one of the most popular open air classical music concerts.

SONY CLASS, BLU-RAY

€ 28.90 Order

Summer Night Concert 2014

SONY CLASS, DVD

€ 24.90 Order

Sponsors

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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