New Year's Concert 2023 with Franz Welser-Möst
The 2023 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place on January 1, 2023, under the baton of Maestro Franz Welser-Möst in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Franz Welser-Möst enjoys a particularly close and productive artistic partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic. After 2011 and 2013 the concert on January 1st marks the 3rd time, that Franz Welser-Möst conducts this prestigious concert event.
The 2023 New Year's Concert will be broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by millions of television viewers around the world.
New Year's Concert 2023 with Franz Welser-Möst
Sun, January 1, 2023
Musikverein, Golden Hall, Vienna, Austria
Franz Welser-Möst is today one of the most influential conductors in the operatic and symphonic realms.
The Cleveland Orchestra
For 20 years, Franz Welser-Möst has shaped an unmistakable sound culture as Musical Director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has been repeatedly praised by international critics for its musical excellence. Through innovative projects and co-operations, young audiences have been continuously approached and consulted and, as a result of these initiatives, the Cleveland Orchestra now has one of the youngest audiences in the USA. Throughout his tenure, he has continued the historical tradition of the Orchestra by having a strong presence of both newly-commissioned works and opera productions within the artistic programming. In addition to orchestral residencies in the USA, Europe and China, he and the Cleveland Orchestra are regular guests at all the major international festivals. Franz Welser-Möst will remain Musical Director of the Cleveland Orchestra until 2027, the longest tenure of any Music Director the orchestra has had.
Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic
Franz Welser-Möst enjoys a particularly close and productive artistic partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic. Since 2014 he conducts the orchestra every summer at the Salzburg Festival where he has set new standards in interpretation as an opera conductor with recent performances including Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio, Die Liebe der Danae, Aribert Reimann's opera Lear and Richard Strauss' Salome, with which he made festival history in 2018. In 2020 he conducted Strauss’ Elektra on the 100th Anniversary of its premiere, and was during that same period awarded the Ruby Festival Brooch. Franz Welser-Möst returned to Salzburg to conduct further performances of Elektra in 2021. In 2022 Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico is programmed.
Franz Welser-Möst regularly conducts the orchestra in subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein, as well as on tours in Europe, Japan, China and the USA. Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic have also performed together at historical memorial concerts in Sarajevo and Versailles. He has twice appeared on the podium for their celebrated New Year's Concert (2011 and 2013) and one time on the podium of the Summer Night’s Concert (2010). The New Year’s Concert 2023 will be conducted for the third time under the baton of Welser-Möst.
Awards and Publications
Franz Welser-Möst has been the recipient of a number of major honours and awards. He is Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, winner of the Vienna Philharmonic's Honorary Ring, and has been awarded the Kilenyi Medal of the Bruckner Society of America as well as the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts. In 2020, Franz Welser-Möst was awarded the Salzburg Festival Pin with Ruby in and in 2021, he was awarded the Austrian Music Theatre Prize for Elektra at the Salzburg Festival in the “Best Musical Direction” category.
In 2007 his book Kadenzen. Notizen und Gespräche aufgezeichnet von Wilhelm Sinkovicz was published. Immediately following its release in summer 2020, Franz Welser-Möst’s latest book, Als ich die Stille fand. Ein Plädoyer gegen den Lärm der Welt, became a No. 1 Austrian bestseller. In 2021 the book was published in English (From Silence: Finding Calm in a Dissonant World).
Franz Welser-Möst has made numerous CD and DVD recordings, including the recording of Der Rosenkavalier and Salome from the Salzburg Festival, and many of his recordings have won international awards. In the summer of 2022, the Vienna Philharmonic will release a live recording of a concert at the Salzburg Festival with Richard Strauss' Rosenkavalier-Suite and Alpine Symphony in its Special Annual Edition series.
Related to the jubilee of the 100th anniversary the Cleveland Orchestra released the 3 CD box set A New Century - with compositions by Beethoven, Varèse, Strauss, Prokofiev, Johannes Maria Staud and Bernd Richard Deutsch. During the pandemic, Franz Welser-Möst also recorded Schnittke's Concerto for piano and strings (with Yefim Bronfman) as well as Prokofiev's Symphony No. 2, which is available on CD, stream and download. In 2020 the Cleveland Orchestra founded its own streaming platform: adella.live
For more information on Franz Welser-Möst visit: www.welsermoest.com
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.
Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens
When Franz Welser-Möst raises his baton for the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2023, it will mark the third 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.