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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Mon, 21. May 2012



Death of Professor Adolf Holler

Prof. Adolf Holler

Adolf Holler was born in Schärding on June 17, 1929 and studied violin, piano trumpet and music theory at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz beginning in 1941. In 1948 he continued at the Vienna Music Academy, entering the trumpet class of Franz Dengler, Vienna Philharmonic member between 1918 and 1955. At this time, along with his colleague of the same age, Nicolas Harnoncourt, he also acquired his first orchestral experience at the Kurorchester Badgastein. Although he already had received an engagement with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester in 1951, he continued to pursue the next step in his career by gaining membership in the Vienna Symphony in 1952. Shortly after the re-opening of the "House on the Ring", he performed a successful audition and joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra effective January 1, 1956. He was accepted into the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic on October 1, 1960 remaining an active member until his retirement on September 1, 1994.

Throughout his 38 years of service to our orchestra, Adolf Holler, who in addition to many other state and national honours and awards was presented with the Honorary Ring of the Vienna Philharmonic in 1985, impressed his colleagues with his consistency in performance, which was exemplified by an exceptional musicality combined with a surety in repertoire, and an inerrant sense of the ideal Philharmonic sound. All of these attributes were based on the sovereign command of his instrument. In 1970 Adolf Holler became a member of the Hofmusikkapelle Vienna and taught at the Vienna College of Music beginning in 1980. In this context it was particularly moving that at his burial services at the Perchtoldsdorf Cemetery on May 2, 2012, not only members of the Philharmonic brass section, performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert along with Johannes Brahms' "Haydn-Variations" based on Haydn's "Chorale St. Antonii", took their leave from Professor Holler, but also many of his former students as well. Among these were Hiroki Kohara, who travelled from Japan representing seven other students from that country, and Dr. Werner Schwäger from Chicago.



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