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New Year's Concert 2021 with Riccardo Muti

The 2021 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place on January 1, 2021, under the baton of Riccardo Muti in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. After 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2018, this year's concert will mark the 6th time that Riccardo Muti, whose close musical partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic has now extended nearly 50 years, conducts this prestigious concert event.

The 2021 New Year's Concert will be broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by as many as 50 million television viewers around the world. 

Program of the New Year's Concert 2021

The New Year's Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic presents annually at the New Year a program consisting of the lively and yet nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Strauss family and its contemporaries. This concert is now broadcast to over 90 countries around the world.

Riccardo Muti

Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted the most important orchestras in the world: from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, from the New York Philharmonic to the Orchestre National de France, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra to which he is linked by particularly close and important ties, and with which he has appeared in Vienna, Salzburg and around the world since 1971. In September 2010, Riccardo Muti became Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in the same year was named Musician of the Year by Musical America.

Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

The nearly 50 year artistic partnership between Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic has produced countless musical highlights. It is not only the astounding number of approximately 500 concerts, but also the exceptional quality of these performances that lends Maestro Muti special significance in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic. Muti prepares himself for his concerts with intensive research and places emphasis on many details that give him a profound knowledge of the specific Vienna Philharmonic sound. This special bond is reflected by the fact that Riccardo Muti was awarded Honorary Membership in the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg upon his 70th birthday in 2011.

Social Conscience

Riccardo Muti’s social and civic conscience as an artist is demonstrated by his concerts performed in places symbolising our troubled past and contemporary history, which he has conducted as part of “Le vie dell’Amicizia” (The Paths of Friendship) project, produced by the Ravenna Festival. Concerts were given in Sarajevo (1997), Beirut (1998), Jerusalem (1999), Moscow (2000), Yerevan and Istanbul (2001), New York (2002), Cairo (2003), Damascus (2004), El Diem, Tunisia (2005), Meknes (2006), Concert for Lebanon (2007), Mazara del Vallo (2008), Sarajevo (2009), Trieste (2010), Nairobi (2011), Ravenna (2012), Mirandola (2013), Redipuglia (2104), Otranto (2015), Tokyo (2016) and Tehran (2017). These were performed with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the “Musicians of Europe United”, a group made up of the top players of Europe’s major orchestras, and most recently with the Cherubini Youth Orchestra.


Muti has received innumerable international honors over the course of his career. He is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic and a recipient of the German Verdienstkreuz. He received the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private ceremony held at Élysée Palace. He was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain. The Salzburg Mozarteum awarded him its silver medal for his contribution to Mozart’s music, and in Vienna he was elected an Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and the Vienna State Opera. Russian President Putin awarded him the Order of Friendship, and the State of Israel has honored him with the Wolf Prize for the arts. He has received honorary degrees from many universities in Italy and abroad. The most recent was in 2014 when he received an honorary degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Important Information for Ticket Holders

For the New Year's Concert 2021, additional preparations have been made necessary by the pandemic. For this reason, tickets for the three end of year concerts 2020/21 will not yet be available for pickup beginning on October 1, 2020. We ask for your understanding in this instance and will inform you as soon as possible about the new pickup date.


Fri, 01. January 2021

11:15 h

Vienna, Austria
Musikverein, Golden Hall

New Year's Concert

Conductor Riccardo Muti

Compositions by Franz von Suppè, Johann Strauss Jr., Josef Strauss, Carl Zeller, Karl Millöcker, Karl Komzák, Johann Strauss, Sr.

Tickets for the New Year's Concerts

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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, 2021, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2021/22.

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New Year's Concert 2020


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New Year's Concert 2019


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New Year's Concert 2018


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New Year's Concert 2017


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