Tonkunstler Orchestra

Grafenegg Festival Orchestra

Grafenegg is the summer residence of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, which traditionally opens the summer season with the Midsummer Night's Gala and, as the festival’s orchestra in residence, is actively involved in the programme throughout. The orchestra’s musicians play the scores submitted for the annual INK STILL WET Composer–Conductor Workshop. They are also involved in the Grafenegg Campus talent promotion programme and perform in various ensembles during prelude concerts.

The Tonkünstler Orchestra is an integral part of musical culture in Austria, with a repertoire spanning Viennese Classicism to Romanticism to 21st century composers. Besides Grafenegg, the orchestra enjoys residencies at the Vienna Musikverein and the Festspielhaus St. Pölten. Principal conductor since the start of the 2015–16 season, Yutaka Sado is one of the most significant Japanese conductors of our time. The Tonkünstler Orchestra’s profile has greatly benefited from former principal conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Kristjan Järvi and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and also from guest conductors, including Michael Schønwandt, Jun Märkl, Giovanni Antonini and Dmitri Kitayenko. The orchestra teams up with such soloists as Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Lisa Batiashvili, Sol Gabetta, Michael Schade, Lang Lang, Julia Fischer and Rudolf Buchbinder.

Tours have taken the Tonkünstler Orchestra to Japan, the UK, Germany, Spain, Czechia, Slovenia and the Baltic states. Numerous CDs reflect the orchestra’s versatile artistic profile. On its recently established label the Tonkünstler Orchestra has released recordings with Yutaka Sado of works by Richard Strauss, Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner. 2015 saw the release of the complete Brahms symphonies with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The Grafenegg Midsummer Night's Gala with the Tonkünstler Orchestra is broadcast on television throughout the German-speaking world and has been recorded on DVD every year since 2014.

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