New Year's Concert

New Year's Concert 2021 with Riccardo Muti

Zoom New Year's Concert 2018 with Riccardo Muti © Terry Linke

The 2021 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place on January 1, 2021, under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. After 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2018, this year's concert will mark the 6th time that Riccardo Muti, whose close musical partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic has now extended nearly 50 years, conducts this prestigious concert event.

The 2021 New Year's Concert will be broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by millions of television viewers around the world. The 2021 New Year's Concert will take place without an audience.

The Programme of the New Year's Concert 2021

Important Information for Ticket Holders

Due to ongoing high rates of infection, the Austrian Federal Government has decided that no concerts may be performed before audiences until January 6, 2021. Unfortunately, this also affects the Preview Performance on December 30, 2020, at 11 AM; the New Year's Eve Concert on December 31, 2020, at 7:30 PM; and the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2021, at 11:15 AM. We will therefore be refunding all paid tickets and kindly ask you to contact us in this matter by e-mail.

New Year's Concert 2021 with Riccardo Muti

Fri, January 1, 2021
Musikverein, Golden Hall, Vienna, Austria

CONDUCTOR: Riccardo Muti

PROGRAMME: Franz von Suppè, Johann Strauß Jr., Josef Strauß, Carl Zeller, Carl Millöcker, Karl Komzák, Johann Strauß Sr.

Riccardo Muti

Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted the most important orchestras in the world: from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, from the New York Philharmonic to the Orchestre National de France, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra to which he is linked by particularly close and important ties, and with which he has appeared in Vienna, Salzburg and around the world since 1971. In September 2010, Riccardo Muti became Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Zoom Riccardo Muti © Terry Linke
  • Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

    The nearly 50-year artistic partnership between Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic has produced countless musical highlights. It is not only the astounding number of approximately 550 concerts, but also the exceptional quality of these performances that lends Maestro Muti special significance in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic. Muti prepares himself for his concerts with intensive research and places emphasis on many details that give him a profound knowledge of the specific Vienna Philharmonic sound. This special bond is reflected by the fact that Riccardo Muti was awarded Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg upon his 70th birthday in 2011. He conducted the prestigious and extremely famous New Year’s Concert in Vienna five times, in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2018. In 2021 the continuous collaboration between Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic will reach 51 years.

  • Social Conscience

    Riccardo Muti’s social and civic conscience as an artist is demonstrated by his concerts performed in places symbolizing our troubled past and contemporary history, which he has conducted as part of “Le vie dell’Amicizia” (The Paths of Friendship) project, produced by the Ravenna Festival since 1997 to the present day in many of the world’s most problematic areas.

  • Youth

    In 2004 he founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. In July 2015 Riccardo Muti set up a further scheme for training young musicians, when the first “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” for young conductors, répétiteurs and singers attracted participants from all over the world to the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, and later in Tokyo. The aim of the academy is to pass on to young musicians Muti’s experience and mastery and to familiarize audiences with the complex process that goes into performing opera.

    The focus of the first Academy was the opera Falstaff, while in the next years Maestro chose to work on La Traviata (in Ravenna and Seoul - 2016), Aida (2017), Macbeth (2018), Le nozze di Figaro (2019), Rigoletto for the first Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo in March 2019, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci (2020).

  • Awards

    Muti has received innumerable international honors over the course of his career. He is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic, Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and a recipient of the German Verdienstkreuz. He was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain. The Salzburg Mozarteum awarded him its silver medal for his contribution to Mozart’s music, and in Vienna he was elected an Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and the Vienna State Opera. He has additionally been awarded the Russian Order of Friendship and Israel’s Wolf Prize for the Arts. In 2011 Muti not only received the coveted Birgit Nilsson Prize, the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts and an Opera News Award, he was also appointed an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic and honorary director for life of the Rome Opera. In 2012 he was awarded the highest papal honour when Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Knight of the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of St Gregory the Great. In 2016 he was honoured by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. In October 2018, Muti received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale for Music of the Japan Arts Association in Tokyo. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees from the most important universities in the world.

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Philharmonic Version of the Radetzky March

Johann Strauß' Radetzky March, op. 228, was first performed in a Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert on January 1, 1946. Josef Krips was the conductor, and according to a note in the Vienna Philharmonic archives, the march was performed before the Blue Danube Waltz as a first encore.

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Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens

When Riccardo Muti raises his baton for the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2021, it will mark the sixth time that he has conducted this prestigious concert. The partnership between the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna City Gardens for the floral arrangements throughout the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, has been in place since 2015.

Once again this year, to the delight of television viewers around the world, the Vienna City Gardens, along with the Austrian gardeners and florists, will produce the arrangements which light up the Golden Hall in a resplendent sea of blossoming floral color.

Ticket Information for the New Year's Concert

Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the three traditional end of year concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic are drawn by lot over this website at the beginning of each year.