Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra

A venerable orchestra founded by the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss !

A unique tune that conveys the essence of the Viennese waltz.

The elegant and splendid performance backed by tradition is exactly the best sound that only the real thing can do!

Just as a violin bow is a musician's 'royal scepter', the rhythm of the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra is the essence of the Viennese waltz. And the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra takes their own time-honored traditions seriously. Today, the Viennese waltz is loved all over the world, but its true charm can only be experienced when the original orchestra performs it. Viennese music, which continues to be loved throughout the ages and around the world, does not mean simply playing notes written on a score. The authentic charm of Viennese music is inherited by a tradition inherited only by the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra.

The 'Waltz King' Johann Strauss II was well aware of this 'traditional tradition'. On July 31, 1844, he sought to organize an orchestra of 43 members as music director, and in October of the same year he assembled a group of musicians who spared no time to create the best music. The first concert was held at the Dommeyer Casino in Hietzing with the gathered musicians. The debut concert of the 19-year-old Strauss II was a resounding success. It was the birth of the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

Strauss II, the composer of Austria's second national anthem, The Beautiful Blue Danube, soon began touring with his signature waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and quadrilles, attracting discerning audiences. It was something that entertained Eventually, his reputation increased day by day, and he became so busy that he could no longer respond to all invitations to concerts. So Johann Strauss II, in his excellent capacity as organizer and conductor, entrusted the orchestra to his youngest brother, Eduard. Twice, in 1890 and 1900-1901, Eduard Strauss led the orchestra to America, where he was met with a stormy reception and the tour was a great success. The orchestra achieved success across continents.

There was a time when the existence of the Johann Strauss Orchestra was in danger. In the midst of this adversity, the conductor of this orchestra was Edward II, grandson of Eduard I, who was active in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and nephew of Strauss II, the 'Waltz King'. . He was a firm believer that only an orchestra of the best Viennese musicians could bring out the full charm of Viennese music. In 1965, under Eduard II, it inherited the historical composition of the Johann Strauss Orchestra and changed its name to the "Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra".

In 1966, Eduard Strauss II led the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra and traveled to the United States and Canada, where the tour was a great success and the orchestra made a new start. After his death on April 6, 1969, the orchestra continued to flourish.

Eventually, Willi Boskovsky, former concertmaster and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, took over as principal conductor, toured around the world, and recorded almost all the works of the Strauss family with Austrian Broadcasting. He raised his name even further. Since then, the orchestra has invited Walter Goldschmidt, Kurt Wess, Alfred Eschwe, Martin Sieghardt and Ola Ruedner to carry on the Viennese waltz tradition founded by the Strauss family, the 'waltz kings'.

Even today, the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra continues to convey to the world the essence of the Strauss family's music, with its distinctive Viennese tunes that have never faded, and has received enthusiastic support from many audiences.

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