The Mozarteum Orchestra enjoys extraordinary successes worldwide, particularly due to its interpretations of the great Viennese classics. In 2016 it became the first orchestra after the Vienna Philharmonic to receive the Golden Mozart Medal.
Over the course of 180 years of history, which has its roots in the ‘Dommusikverein und Mozarteum’, founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart’s widow Constanze and the composer’s two sons, the Orchestra has matured into one of Austria’s musical figureheads offering an unmistakable sound culture. Its influential chief conductors include Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, Ivor Bolton and, since the autumn of 2017, Riccardo Minasi. Prominent guest conductors and artists enjoy working with the Orchestra’s ensemble of around 90 musicians, performing works from all eras.
In addition to its two separate concert cycles, the Orchestra, representing both the City and the Region of Salzburg, performs regularly at the Salzburg Festival, the Mozartwoche Festival and the Salzburg Cultural Association, as well as throughout the year at the Salzburg State Theatre. The Orchestra also receives numerous invitations to give guest appearances elsewhere in Europe and in Asia and North and South America.
The Orchestra’s diverse work is documented by an impressive discography, winning an ECHO Klassik Award in the autumn of 2017.