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On May 27, 2010 there will take place a discussion in the inner courtyard of the Haus der Musik in Vienna between the chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic, Clemens Hellsberg, and Maestro Valery Gergiev. The musical interludes will be performed by members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The conductor Valery Gergiev was born on May 2, 1953 in Moscow and spent his youth in Vladikavkaz in the Caucasus region. The principal conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and founder of numerous festivals has received many international awards and earned a reputation as an interpreter of the music of Russian composers. In addition to his activities as a guest conductor with prominent orchestras and opera houses, he appears with the ensemble of the Mariinsky Theater at festivals, concert halls and opera houses in the main cities of Europe, Japan, Isreal and the USA.
Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg has been chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1997. Born in Linz in 1952, he received his first violin instruction from his father at the age of four and a half years. Beginning in 1972 he studied at the College of Music in Vienna and completed his studies as a musicologist in 1980. In 1976 he joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as a second violinist, and advanced to first violin two years later. From 1990 until 1993 and in 1996 he was Vice-Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic.
This discussion will take place in English. Tickets for €10 are available at the ticket counter of the Haus der Musik, which is open daily from 10 AM until 10 PM.