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Home > Michael Werba : Musicians > Michael Werba

Michael Werba


Place of Birth: Wien
Membership in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra: 1976
Membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic: 1979

Michael Werba is principal bassoonist with the Vienna Philharmonic. His parents are Prof. Erik and Prof. Ady Werba, and he has been married to his wife Edith since 1979, with whom he has three children - Stephan, Christian and Claudia. In 1968 he began studying bassoon with Prof. Karl Öhlberger at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He received a high school diploma from the Music High School in Vienna in 1974. In 1977 he received his degree with distinction and was also awarded the Prize of Special Recognition from the Ministry of Education and Culture. In 1978 he won the Young Artists Mozart Interpretation Prize from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

His first engagement was with the Vienna Symphony as of February 1, 1972, followed by his engagement with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as second bassoon on January 1, 1976. On January 1, 1977, he became principal bassoon with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

His teaching endeavours include being the head of the bassoon class at the Vienna Conservatory since 1982; master class for the Toho University Tokio in Vienna in 1984; master courses in chamber music for wind instruments in Millstatt (Kärnten) in 1998; He has also appeared regularly as instructor and chamber music coach at the Pacific Music Festival  Sapporo, the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, the Orchestra Academy of the Youth Philharmonie Vienna, master classes in Florence (Italy), Tokyo and Kyoto (Japan), Seoul (Korea), and Minnesota (USA). He has also given lectures in both German and English regarding the style of the Viennese wind instruments with demonstrations and explanations as part of the International Orchestra Institute Attergau in Salzburg, the IDRS Congress in Frankfurt, and "Welcome to Austria" at the Karajan Center in Vienna.

Michael Werba's solo concert appearances include compositions by A. Vivaldi, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, J. Pauer, C.M. von Weber and J. Francaix at the Salzburg Festival, the Mozart Festival Salzburg, and in Germany, Poland and Japan. He was a soloist accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic in the performance of the "Concertanten" of W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn, and the bassoon concerto by C.M. von Weber, as part of the Philharmonic Subscription Concert Series, and on tour in Germany and in Asia. Since 1979, he has been active with the Vienna Chamber Ensemble and was founder of the Vienna Wind Octet in 1980. From 1980 to 1985 he was a member of the Vienna Wind Soloists and since 2004 is the director of the ensemble "Vienna Classics". With these ensembles he has made concert tours in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.
Notable solo recordings include the Haydn Concertante under Leonard Bernstein with the Vienna Philharmonic for TV and CD (DGG); Haydn - Concertante under Adam Fischer with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra (Nimbus); Solo-CD with the bassoon concertos of W.A. Mozart, J.N. Hummel and C.M. von Weber with the Vienna String Soloists (DENON); the Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon by R. Strauss under Sir Andre Previn with the Vienna Philharmonic (DGG); and the Mozart bassoon concerto with the Ensemble Vienna Classics (Meister-Music). Chamber music recordings include the Duos of F. Devienne with Paolo Carlini (Frame); the serenades by Mozart and the Beethoven Octet with the Vienna Wind Octet. With the Vienna Chamber Ensemble, he has recorded the Schubert Octet (DGG and Canyon), the Beethoven Septet (Denon), the Devienne Bassoon Quartet and the Mozart Bassoon and Cello Sonata (Canyon). With the Vienna Wind Soloists he has recorded the Mozart Serenades, the Beethoven Octet and Sextet (Decca).

Michael Werba is the recipient of the Medal of Honor of the Province of Salzburg, the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic and was awarded the professional title of "Professor" in 2005. Since 1994 he has been the initiator and musical director of the concert series "Philharmonia Cycle Mödling" as well as chairman of this same association.

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