Over the course of its more than 175-year history, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg has become one of Austria’s leading ensembles. It specializes in the development of independent and contemporary interpretations of the Viennese Classical repertoire, notably the works of Mozart, and as an internationally recognized cultural ambassador for Salzburg and a holder of the Golden Mozart Medal celebrates extraordinary success with this music worldwide.
Another special feature of the Orchestra is its flexibility, allowing the ensemble to perform as a symphony orchestra, as well as an extended chamber orchestra and in various smaller formations to reflect the styles of all periods. The Orchestra’s broad creative spectrum is documented in countless recordings and under the direction of Constantin Trinks it won an Echo Klassik Award in October 2017 for its recording of Hans Rott’s First Symphony on the Profil Edition of the Günter Hänssler label.
Within the busy cultural life of the city of Salzburg, the Orchestra, with roots going back to the Dommusikverein and Mozarteum, founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart’s widow Constanze and his two sons, appears in two separate concert series: the Thursday concerts focus on the Viennese Classical repertoire, as well as less frequently performed works from adjoining eras; while the Sunday matinees take place in the Grosses Festspielhaus and feature symphonic works from the Romantic era to the present day.
The Orchestra plays a key role at the Mozart Matinees of the Salzburg Festival, which the Salzburger Nachrichten described as the ‘secret heart of the Festival’. It also appears frequently alongside major artists at the Festival, including as part of operatic productions. Other annual performances include the internationally acclaimed Mozartwoche Festival and the concerts of the Salzburg Cultural Association, both of which underline the Orchestra’s reputation. Throughout the season, it also performs opera, operetta, ballet and musical theatre at the Salzburg State Theatre.
Influential chief conductors include Leopold Hager, Ralf Weikert, Hans Graf and Hubert Soudant, as well as Ivor Bolton, who shaped the Orchestra from 2004 to 2016. The pioneering development of the ensemble continues under the directorship of its new chief conductor, Riccardo Minasi.
The official principal sponsors of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg are Audi and Leica Camera AG.