Vienna Salon Orchestra

Organization 27 people
orchestra 23 people
(4 first violins, 2 second violins, 2 violas, 3 cellos, 2 double basses, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 piano, 1 percussion)
ballet dancer 1 pair (1 male and 1 female)
opera singer 2 people (1 male and 1 female)

Over 300 concerts a year in Vienna, the city of music, boasts outstanding popularity.
First-class musicians inherit the fragrant Viennese tradition.
A proper New Year's concert!

Founded by members of the Vienna Volksoper. The sounds of elegant and splendid polkas, waltzes and marches!

Vienna Salon Orchestra Salonorchester Alt Wien

Formed in 1994 by members of the Vienna Volksoper Symphony Orchestra under Udo Zwölfer. It was established with the aim of providing authentic Viennese music to visitors to Vienna from all over the world, with performances by first-class musicians in an authentic atmosphere. The repertoire includes overtures, waltzes, waltzes, and other works by leading Viennese composers such as Joseph Lanner, the Strauss family, Karel Komzak, Carl Michael Zieller, Fritz Kreisler, Emmerich Kalmann, Franz Lehár, and Robert Stolz. polkas and marches.

Johann Strauss's representative operettas "Die Fledermaus", "Gypsy Baron", "One Night in Venice", "Vienna Temperament", Lehar "Merry Widow", Kalman "Queen Chardas", "Countess Maritza", Very wide range of famous arias and duos from Karl Zeller "The Little Bird Seller", Millecker "The Beggar Student", "Gasparone" and others. While focusing on inheriting Viennese traditional music, he also enthusiastically takes up works by new composers such as Albert William Ketelby and Leroy Anderson. While the main repertoire is firmly rooted in early 19th-century traditional music, the program is flexible enough to accommodate audience requests. The program includes musicals, film music, dance music, and folk music. Inheriting the tradition of runners and Johann Strauss, Udo Zwölfer plays the violin and conducts. The close communication between performers and the playful performance style envelop the hall with an outstanding atmosphere that fills the audience with happiness. In addition to the Vienna Musikverein Hall, concerts are held in various places in Vienna, including the Hofburg Palace Hall, the National Library Hall, and the Vienna Stock Exchange Festival Hall. Since 1998, it has been extremely popular, holding more than 300 concerts a year in Vienna. In 2001, the historic 'Vienna Kursalon' was renewed. The Vienna Salon Orchestra is based in this traditional hall where Johann & Eduard Strauss, Franz Lehár, Nico Dostal and others have performed, and enjoys overwhelming support from audiences and critics alike. In 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006, they toured Japan, and in 2004, they performed in China and Long Beach, California, and received great reviews.

Udo Zwölfer (Music Artistic Director/Concertmaster)

Born in Vienna. Studied at the Vienna State Academy (currently the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and the Vienna City Conservatory (currently the Vienna Conservatorium Private Music College). While still a student, he has performed many concerts with many famous artists, including those in Vienna, and actively toured France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Croatia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, the United States, Japan, etc. Active.

In 1980 he became the first concertmaster of the Volksoper Wien. In 1994, he founded the "Vienna Salon Orchestra", composed of orchestral players belonging to the Volksoper Wien. In 1999, S. Susnyala, the current manager of the Kursalon Wien (historical facility that was once Johann Strauss II's home base in Vienna, where he played and played himself), entered into a partnership with the orchestra. He exchanged them and started the performance activities of the orchestra in earnest. Zwölfer was appointed as the first music and artistic director of the orchestra, and at the same time led the orchestra as concertmaster. The instrument used is a 1774 violin made in Naples, Italy by Tommaso Eberle.

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