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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Wed, 12. October 2011



Death of Professor Robert Scheiwein

Professor Robert Scheiwein

Principal cellist Professor Robert Scheiwein, one of the most unique individuals in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic passed away on July 29, 2011, in Vienna. Born in Vienna on May 26, 1935, he began his study of the cello at the age of nine years at the Vienna Conservatory with Frieda Litschauer-Krause and later continued with Nikolaus Hübner. In 1957 he received an engagement with the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, advancing to the position of principal cellist in 1959. One year later, on September 1, 1960, he entered into the service of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra as principal cellist and became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic on November 1, 1962. Beginning in 1966 he also belonged to the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle. His career ended with his retirement from the orchestra on September 1, 1997.

In addition to the orchestra, Robert Scheiwein was an eminently successful chamber musician, both at home and abroad, with the Young Vienna Trio and the Boskovsky and Weller Quartets. As Philharmonic principal cellist he constantly set new standards, and his artistic authority and leadership qualities were undisputed. His performance of Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Rainer Küchl under the baton of Riccardo Muti remains unforgettable for all who were able to experience it, as was the solo in Richard Strauss' "Frau ohne Schatten". He was a "Philharmoniker with heart and soul", wrote the Kurier newspaper in its obituary of August 1, 2011, "who died on the evening of the premiere of an opera which he himself had performed in a legendary manner." In his ceaseless quest for artistic perfection he never shied away from a confrontation and in so doing made an enduring contribution to the persona of our orchestra.

Clemens Hellsberg:
Abschied von Robert Scheiwein




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