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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Interna 2010

Fri, 22. October 2010



Three New Philharmonic Members

Matthias Schorn

Matthias Schorn, who was born on November 3, 1982 in Hallein, received his first private clarinet instruction in 1990, joined the clarinet class of Georg Winkler at the Musikum Salzburg in 1993, and began his music study as a clarinet major with Johann Hindler at the University of Music in Vienna in 1999. He also took part in numerous master classes, such as those of Alois Brandhofer in Salzburg. He began his professional career in 2004 with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by engagements with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin (2005) and the Munich Philharmonic (2006). After a successful audition he was appointed as first clarinettist of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as of September 1, 2007.

In addition to his successful career as an orchestral musician, Matthias Schorn has been also active early on as a soloist and chamber musician. He has made solo appearances with such orchestras as the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg and the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic. He was invited to serve numerous times as a principal clarinettist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich and many others. As a chamber musician he has joined forces with prominent artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, Ernst Kovacic, Daniel Hope, Eszter Haffner, Daniel Müller-Schott and Milan Turkovic and also appeared with the Faure and Minetti Quartets. In striving for the realization of his own personal sound, Matthias Schorn, who also teaches a clarinet class at the Conservatory of Vienna and serves as the artistic director of the "PalmKlang" Festival in Oberalm, which he himself initiated, is also a member of the "Trio Marc Chagall", the Theophil Ensemble Vienna", and the crossover ensemble "Faltenradio".


Erwin Falk

Following grade school in Mistelbach, Erwin Falk, who was born on May 3, 1977, attended the Sporthauptschule in Matzen (Lower Austria) for four years and spent an additional year at the School of Information Technology in the third district of Vienna, before dedicating himself entirely to music. Beginning in the fall of 1992, he studied classical percussion at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of our long-time tympanist and administrative committee member, Roland Altmann, while at the same time receiving instruction in Latin percussion and drum set with Anton Mühlhofer. In 1997, upon completion of his studies with distinction, he continued his musical education at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz with Leonhard Schmidinger (classical percussion) and Bogdan Bacanu (marimba), and three years later attained an engagement as percussionist with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra. Following a successful audition, Falk came to the Vienna State Opera Orchestra where he has been engaged as timpanist since September 1, 2007.

Erwin Falk has won first prizes at the competition "Gradus ad Parnassum" and the competition "das Podium" of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz.  He has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and has belonged to such ensembles as "die Reihe", and "Kontrapunkte". Together with Martin Grubinger he founded "Duo Battuta" in 1999. He also belongs to the ensemble "Supercussion Vienna" and has also performed diverse world premieres, such as the project "Den Bach runter" of Otto M. Zykan and the Artis Quartet in the auditorium of the Austrian Radio, and appeared at the Beethoven Festival 2007 in Bonn.

Thomas Lechner

Thomas Lechner, who was born on January 11, 1986, in Schwarzach in Pongau, attended the Private High School Missionshaus St. Rupert in Bischofshofen and advanced to the Adalbert Stifter Musik High School in Linz to complete his secondary schooling, receiving his Matura there in 2005. At the early age of six years he took his first percussion lessons with Franz Götzfried and between 2000 and 2003 completed his preparatory studies at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with Josef Gumpinger and Bogdan Bacanu. Following the two years of study in Linz, he attended the Vienna Conservatory under Josef Gumpinger, augmenting his study there with additional master classes under Anton Mittermayr, Keiko Abe, David Friedman and others.

The studies of Thomas Lechner were accompanied by extensive professional experience. As far back as 1993 he was a member of the town band in Bischofshofen, which was founded by his grandfather, Josef Lechner, and of which his father, Alois, was conductor until 2007. Through his work with the Salonorchester Bischofshofen, the Symphonische Landesblasorchester Salzburg, the European Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jeunesse Orchester in Vienna, he became a regular substitute with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper and finally with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, where after his successful audition, he has been a member of the percussion section since September 1, 2007. He has appeared as soloist in this country and abroad and has won numerous national and international awards, such as a scholarship for the specially gifted from the Sparkasse Oberösterreich, the main prize of "Gradus ad Parnassum", and the Concours International pour caisse Claire in Paris, among others.



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