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On October 1, 1967, Franz Bartolomey became a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and with that joined Josef Hellmesberger, Jr., Peter Schmidl and his brother Ernst Bartolomey, who had already become a member of our second violin section on March 1, 1966, as the fourth musician who had a father and grandfather who had been members of our orchestra. On March 1, 1973, he received membership into the Vienna Philharmonic Association and in that same year, following another successful audition, he advanced to the position of principal cellist. In the years that followed, accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic, he performed all of the major solos from the orchestral literature, and accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic, also performed Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Violoncello and the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Roger Norrington. In addition to this, he continued his dedication to chamber music, with which he had been intensively involved since childhood. He was a member of the Küchl Quartet and the Wiener Virtuosen as well as performing with Christian Altenburger, Tzimon Barto, Rudolf Buchbinder, Helmut Deutsch, Paul Gulda, Ernst Kovacic, Igor Oistrach, Boris Pergamenschikow, Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Gil Shaham and Stefan Vladar, as well as Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Jessye Norman, Sylvia McNair and Thomas Hampson, to name only a few of the outstanding artists with whom he performed.
Franz Bartolomey, who has received several state and national honors, passes on not only the extensive professional experience he has gained in a prominent position within our orchestra and collaborator with distinguished artists as lecturer at master classes both domestically and abroad, but he is moreover an embodiment of Vienna Philharmonic tradition, to which he himself has contributed a significant chapter.
Wolfgang Brand, who was a member of the Hofmusikkapelle Wien and received the Gold Medal of Honor from the Province of Salzburg, dedicated himself to chamber music in addition to his intensive orchestral duties. Between 1974 and 1994 he was a member of the Vienna String Soloists, performing a large number of concerts with this ensemble in several countries throughout Europe. He later founded a piano trio with which he made appearances in Austria, Germany, Mexico and Argentina.
The fundamental enthusiasm for music which manifested itself in Professor Wolfgang Gürtler's unusual career path is not only characteristic of his tireless efforts regarding our orchestra, but is also evident in his intensive work in chamber music. He is a founding member of the Vienna String Soloists, the "Gürtler Trio Vienna, the Vienna String Quintet and the ensemble "PhiliTango". Since 2007, in addition to numerous state and national awards and being an honorary member of the "Bachgemeinde Wien", Wolfgang Gürtler studied conducting at the Payner Konservatorium Wien and has appeared as an orchestral conductor in Hungary, Rumania and the Ukraine.
Combining his enthusiasm for his instrument with his teaching ambition provided Karl Jeitler with various areas of endeavour. From 1980 on, he dedicated himself to the development of the Viennese model of tenor and bass trombone, as well as tenor horn and euphonium, in cooperation with the Japanese firm Yamaha. In 1970, he assumed the responsibility for the development of a youth orchestra in Rohrau and between 1976 and 1986 he was the conductor of the band of his hometown, Grafenbach. He founded the "Young Wind Philharmonic" in 1990 and, since 1991, he has served as lecturer at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. In that same year he founded a music school in Sakuma and expanded his activities at the Universities of Yokohama, Kagoshima, Hakui and Tokyo. Since 1989, he has conducted the fanfare at the annual Philharmonic Ball and since 2006, as part of the Salzburg Festival, he has conducted the popular "Special Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic with Young Wind Instrumentalists". To honor Professor Jeitler upon his retirement, his daughter, Maria Großbauer, wrote an informative and affectionate biography entitled "In Frack und Lederhosen".