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Prof. Paul Walter Fürst
For many years Professor Fürst served in important functions within the executive committee of the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1966, he was elected as the protocol officer and a few months later he assumed the position of treasurer, ultimately serving from 1969 - 1982, as well as from 1986 - 1990 as business manager. In so doing, he was instrumental in the organization and planning of Philharmonic activities. His administrative work covered numerous other areas as well. In his positions as President of the Austrian Perfomers' Society, Chairman of the musician's section and then the entire Union of Artist, Media and Independent Professions, as well as President of the state approved Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (AKM) he served for decades in exemplary fashion.
Despite all of these obligations, Paul Walter Fürst found time for composition which was noted in many circles. He was commissioned for compositions by the ORF, the Vienna Festival and the Bruckner Festival in Linz and was awarded the Sponsorship Prize of the City of Vienna (1970) and the Music Prize of the City of Vienna (1994). Two of his compositions appeared on the subscription concert programs of the Vienna Philharmonic, which awarded him its Honorary Ring in 1987 and to which he always maintained a close relationship. On January 15/16, 1972, Zubin Mehta conducted Fürst's "Bavy-Concerto" for Bass Clarinet, Vibraphone und String Orchestra, op. 32, with Christian Cubasch on bass clarinet and Kurt Prihoda on vibraphone; and on October 13/14, 1990, under the baton of Václav Neumann, his "Het Orgel is een belt", op. 61,was premiered.