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New Year's Concert 2019 with Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann ©  Terry Linke ≡ InfoChristian Thielemann | + Zoom The 2019 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place on January 1, 2019, under the baton of Christian Thielemann in the Musikverein in Vienna. Christian Thielemann, Principal Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, has since 2000 been a musical partner of the Vienna Philharmonic. The New Year's Concert 2019 represented Thielemann's first time to conduct this prestigious international concert event.

The 2019 New Year's Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by as many as 40 million television viewers around the world.


Program of the 2019 New Year's Concert

New Year's Concert 2019 with Christian Thielemann

The annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert was conducted for the first time by Christian Thielemann.

Christian Thielemann

The 2018/2019 season is Christian Thielemann’s seventh as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra.


Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina. He conducted new productions of Manon Lescaut, Simon Boccanegra, Elektra and Der Freischütz as well as two complete performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Dresden. In Salzburg he directed the premieres of Parsifal, Arabella, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Otello, Die Walküre and Tosca.

Musical Partners

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose New Year’s Concert he will conduct in 2019. Since his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2000, he has returned every year to thrill audiences with groundbreaking interpretations. After five years as musical advisor in Bayreuth, he was appointed the festival’s music director in 2015. Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras in Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and has also performed in Israel, Japan and China.


As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent ventures have been the recordings of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies Nos. 1 and 3-9, a complete cycle of the symphonies and solo concertos of Johannes Brahms as well as the operas Der Freischütz, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Elektra, Die Walküre and Lohengrin for CD or DVD. With the Staatskapelle Dresden he has recorded symphonic works by Beethoven, Liszt, Bruckner, Reger, Pfitzner and Busoni as well as various New Year’s Eve Concerts released on DVD. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.


Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016.

Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens

When Christian Thielemann raises his baton for the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2019, it will mark the first 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 concertgoers and viewers of the television broadcast 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.

Tickets for the New Year's Concerts

New Year's Concert ©  Jeannette Handler ≡ InfoNew Year's Concert | + Zoom

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. In this way, music lovers from all over the world have an equal chance to purchase these highly desired tickets. Between February 1 and 28, 2019, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2019/20.

More Information

Tue, 01. January 2019

11:15 h

Vienna, Austria
Musikverein, Golden Hall

New Year's Concert

Conductor Christian Thielemann

Compositions by Carl Michael Ziehrer, Josef Strauss, Josef Hellmesberger, Jr., Johann Strauss Jr., Eduard Strauss

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