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Prof. Adolf Holler
Throughout his 38 years of service to our orchestra, Adolf Holler, who in addition to many other state and national honours and awards was presented with the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic in 1985, impressed his colleagues with his consistency in performance, which was exemplified by an exceptional musicality combined with a surety in repertoire, and an inerrant sense of the ideal Philharmonic sound. All of these attributes were based on the sovereign command of his instrument. In 1970 Adolf Holler became a member of the Hofmusikkapelle Vienna and taught at the Vienna College of Music beginning in 1980. In this context it was particularly moving that at his burial services at the Perchtoldsdorf Cemetery on May 2, 2012, not only members of the Philharmonic brass section, performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert along with Johannes Brahms' "Haydn-Variations" based on Haydn's "Chorale St. Antonii", took their leave from Professor Holler, but also many of his former students as well. Among these were Hiroki Kohara, who travelled from Japan representing seven other students from that country, and Dr. Werner Schwäger from Chicago.