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On April 27, 2009, the Vienna Philharmonic and Daniel Barenboim were presented with the Double Platinum Award, for the live recording of the New Year's Concert 2009, which has sold some 40,000 compact discs in Austria.
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As of October 1, 2009, principal cellist Robert Nagy has been appointed Professor at the University of Music in Vienna.
As part of a collaboration between the Vienna Philharmonic and the Konzerthaus for the furtherance of children and young people's interest in classical and modern music, an event with " passwort:klassik" took place on May 18, 2009, in the large hall of the Konzerthaus.
Daniele Gatti was the artistic director of a short tour which the orchestra played on May 14/15, 2009, in Cologne and Amsterdam, as well as for two Vienna Festival Concerts in the large hall of the Konzerthaus on May 17/18.
Walter Auer, Ernst Ottensamer and Benedikt Dinkhauser gave master classes at the Julliard School and the Mannes College in New York and took part in a performance of Sergei Prokofjev's "Peter and the Wolf" in Central Park on May 8/9, 2009.
The traditional benefit concert for the Austrian Rett Syndrome Society took place on April 25, 2009, in Ebensee.
For the opening of this year's Vienna Festival Weeks on May 9/10, 2009, in the large hall of the Konzerthaus, the Vienna Philharmonic performed a program comprised exclusively of compositions by Joseph Haydn.
On April 22/26, 2009, two concerts for the Society of the Friends of Music took place for the occasion of the Spring Festivals and the Anniversary Season "150 Years Wiener Singverein".
Mr. Peter Poltun, archive director of the Vienna State Opera, presented the Historical Archives of the Vienna Philharmonic with the first edition of the piano score of this work, which had been edited by Johannes Brahms.
Following another successful audition, Mr. Ödön Rácz, member of the Vienna Philharmonic since May 2008, was named principal contrabassist of the of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic.
Upon the occasion of the 13th annual festival "OsterKlang Wien" on April 4/5, 2009, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Vienna Philharmonic performed Joseph Haydn's instrumental version of "The Seven Last Words of Christ".
The program for the 5th Philharmonic Soirée, in which Christian Thielemann conducted Beethoven's Fourth and Third Symphonies, was repeated in Graz.
The fiftieth birthday of Christian Thielemann was celebrated on March 29, 2009, in the Schubertsaal of the Wiener Konzerthaus, in which Philharmonic members participated.
On February 19, 2009, the Vienna Philharmonic, along with Zubin Mehta began one of the longest tours, in regard to travelling distance, in its history. 50 years after the legendary world tour with Herbert von Karajan, the orchestra once again encircled the globe.
On February 18, 2009, one day before the beginning of the world-tour with Zubin Mehta, with its first stop in London, a long-time companion of our orchestra died in the English capital. Christopher Raeburn, born on July 31, 1928, and who was the legendary recording engineer for DECCA, succumbed to a serious illness.