The director of Germany’s largest opera house the Festpeilhaus Baden-Baden, Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, described the prize winners in a statement as the “orchestra that has, like few others, retained its specific sound over many decades and made it unmistakable”. The annual award is presented by the opera house, with previous winners including the Berlin Philharmonic in 2004, Velry Gergiev in 2006 and Edita Gruberová, the Slovak soprano, who won in 2013.
Concerts scheduled throughout 2014
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is set to stage numerous performances in its home city this year for guests of river cruise breaks through Vienna to enjoy. Performances at the Austrian capital’s
Musikverein venue start from the 26th April and go on right up until December, allowing visitors to this beautiful city to experience some true Viennese culture.
The orchestra is to use the prize money for a young musicians’ programme, which they will announce details of in the autumn, as the idea of the philharmonic is that the skills are passed on from generation to generation, according to Mölich-Zebhauser in this article.
With Semyon Bychkov and Zubin Mehta conducting this year – as well as Riccardo Muti, who will lead the orchestra during the Vienna Festival Weeks in May - there will be plenty of opportunity for guests on river trips in Europe to experience the skills and talent of the Vienna Philharmonic throughout 2014.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is set to receive its prize at a gala event in December, as the orchestra is celebrated for its contribution to music.
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