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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Fri, 01. January 2010


New Year's Concert 2011 with Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst


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Following Clemens Krauss, Josef Krips, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Möst will become the sixth Austrian conductor to lead the orchestra's annual New Year's Concert.

"With the invitation to Franz Welser-Möst to conduct the 2011 New Year's Concert, the Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges our shared artistic work in the opera and in concert, characterized in the last years by a continuously deepening mutual musical understanding, which has resulted in uplifting reciprocal inspiration," commented Vienna Philharmonic Chairman Clemens Hellsberg.

Franz Welser-Möst has been Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002, and beginning in September 2010 will become the General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera. In this capacity he will also be responsible for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the musicians of which make up the membership of the Vienna Philharmonic. Franz Welser-Möst conducted the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time in January 1998 at the Salzburg Mozart Festival, and in that same year was invited to conduct a Philharmonic subscription concert.

The first encounter between orchestra and conductor took place when Franz Welser-Möst made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with a performance of Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" in 1987. In September 2003 he garnered much acclaim when on short notice and without rehearsal he conducted a performance of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde".
Since then, Franz Welser-Möst has worked regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic, with the relationship between conductor and orchestra deepening during new productions of Richard Strauss' "Arabella" and the complete cycle of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen", which began in December 2007.

In the summer of 2009, Franz Welser-Möst conducted the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms and the Lucerne Festival.



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