Korea Tour 2017 of the Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna
Date | March 24 – April 3, 2017
Location | Gwangju Asia Culture Center
Ulsan Culture Art Center
Tongyeong Concert Hall (2 concerts)
Artist | Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna
Program | A) Viennese Program
The Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna was first founded in 2013 by the violinist Shkelzen Doli, a member of the Vienna Philharmonics. The original Ensemble consisted of him and three more Philharmonic members: the violinist Holger Groh, cellist Sebastian Bru and pianist Gottlieb Wallisch. Recently the Ensemble was expanded to 13 musicians and now also includes a winds section. 13 active members of the Vienna Philharmonics is the maximum amout allowed to form an ensemble according to the Philharmonic regulations.
The members of the current Philharmonic Ensemble are: Shkelzen Doli (violin), Dominik Hellsberg (violin), Mario Karwan (viola), Sebastian Bru (cello), Elias Mai (contrabass), Karl-Heinz Schuetz (flute), Clemens Horak (oboe), Norber Taeubel (clarinet), Stepan Turnovsky (bassoon), Juergen Poechhacker (trumpet), Josef Reif (horn), Jan Jankovic (horn) and Klaus Zauner (percussion).
All musicians of the Ensemble are members of the Vienna Philharmonics, one of the most famous and prestigious orchestras of the world, which held its first concert in 1842 and closely collaborated with legendary conductors, such as Karl Boehm and Herbert von Karajan, in its recent history. The Ensemble reflects the distinctive musical style and the unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonics and conveys it authentically in a smaller scale.
Shkelzen Doli | violin
Born on August 9, 1971, in Elbasan (Albania), Shkëlzen Doli grew up in the former Yugoslavia and at 9 years of age received his first violin lessons in his hometown of Gjakove (Kosovo).
Due to winning numerous prizes in regional competitions, he was invited to attend the Music School of Novi Sad, the most renowned institution of this kind in the former Yugoslavia. There he studied with the Hungarian violin instructors, Imre Jambor and Csaba Szima.
When he was 17, he won first prize in the National Music Competition of Yugoslavia and consequently enrolled in the class of Ewgenia Tschugueva at the Music Academy of Novi Sad. Beginning in 1992, he continued his violin study in Vienna at the College of Music, taking lessons from Dora Schwarzberg, Michael Frischen-schlager and Josef Hell.
A short time later, he became a substitute for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and has now been a member of the second violin section for the past three years.
By taking part in various Philharmonic chamber music ensembles, such as the "Toyota Master Players", the "Vienna Virtuosen" or René Staar's "Ensemble Wiener Collage", Shkëlzen Doli successfully and fully established himself in Vienna's musical life. Solo and ensemble tours have taken him to numerous European countries and to North America, Africa, Israel and Japan. Just recently he has become a founding member of the newly formed chamber music ensemble, "The Philharmonics".
Dominik Hellsberg | violin
Dominik Hellsberg was born in Vienna on April 10, 1982, and received his first violin instruction from his father, Clemens Hellsberg, at the age of six. He was enrolled in 1995 at the Oberschützen campus of what was at that time the College of Music in Graz, under the tutelage of his father's teacher, our former first violinist, Alfred Staar. In 1997, Dominik Hellsberg won the first "Ignaz Plezel Competition and consequently performed the Violin Concerto in C major of Haydn's student Ignaz Pleyel, with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra.
Following the sudden death of Alfred Staar in April of 2000, he took lessons from Gerald Schubert at the University of Music in Vienna, as well as with Volkhard Steude. Beginning in 2002, he worked as a substitute for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic In 2004 he held an academy position with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra before entering joining the 2nd violin section of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in 2006.
Even during his time as a student, Dominik Hellsberg was very actively engaged in performing chamber music. He was one of the founders of the "Unquartett" and the "Coburg Quartet", belongs to the ensemble "Herbert Lippert and his Philharmonic Friends" and is a member of the "Ensemble Corso" directed by Alfons Egger. In addition, he has made solo appearances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the MAV Orchestra Budapest, and the "Prager Collegium", as well as performing Brahms' Violin Concerto with the Academic Orchestra Association, upon the occasion of their one hundred year anniversary, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.
Mario Karwan | viola
1977 – 1981 Member of the Vienna Symphonics
Since 1981 Member of the orchestra of the Vienna State opera
Since 1984 Member of the Vienna Philharmonics
Since 1982 Performances at the Salzburg Festival
Sebastian Bru | violoncello
Sebastian Bru, was born into a musical family in Vienna on October 24, 1987, and received his first cello lessons at the age of 8 from his father, Ricardo Bru, principal cellist at the Vienna Volksoper. He continued his study of the cello study with Krystina Wimmer (Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra) and Josef Podhoransky (College of Music, Bratislava), as well as with Robert Nagy (Vienna Conservatory Private University). He augmented this work with courses and master classes from Clemens Hagen, David Geringas, Swteven Isserlis and Heinrich Schiff. Already at a young age, Sebastian Bru dedicated himself to orchestral playing, performing with, among others, the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. At the age of 18, he won an audition and was accepted into the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, beginning his service there on November 1, 2006, as a member of the cello section.
Having precociously procured numerous prizes such as at the Jugendwettbewerb "Prima la musica" and at the "Fedelio-Wettbewerb" and in addition to having served as principal cellist with the Vienna Symphony, Sebastian Bru made solo appearances in Austria, Europe, South America and Asia, performing with the Vienna Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonía Nacional (Buenos Aires), the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wiener Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra "Spirit of Europe" and others. Among his partners in these appearances have been Rudolf Buchbinder, Ildikó Raimondi, as well as numerous members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Many of his concerts have been broadcast nationally and internationally.
Elias Mai | contrabass
Elias Mai was born in 1986 in Berlin. He received his first double bass lessons at the age of twelve. Studied in Berlin with Stephan Petzold and in Nuremberg with Dorin Marc. Member of the Young German Philharmonic and the Landesjugendorchester Berlin. He is the winner of the competition "Jugend musiziert". 2007 Internship at the Würzburg Philharmonic. From 2008, Elias Mai was a member of the orchestral academy of the Bavarian State Orchestra.
Karl-Heinz Schuetz | flute
Karl-Heinz Schütz was born in Innsbruck on 26 September 1975 and studied with Eva Amsler at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, where he also attended the Musikgymnasium. Further studies led him to Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique to Philippe Bernold with degrees 2000 and unanimous jury award. He also received important suggestions from Aurèle Nicolet in Basel. International recognition brought him the first prizes of two international competitions at the time of his studies: Carl Nielsen 1998 and Krakau 1999. From 2000 to 2004 he was a solo flutist with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, then from 2005 to 2011 as a solo flutist with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, he can draw on extensive experience in orchestral practice. In addition, there is teaching activity (2001-2004 at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, and since 2005 he holds a professorship at the Konservatorium Wien - private university, as well as numerous international master classes) and a large number of soloist performances, which Karl-Heinz Schütz has performed both at home and abroad The most important flute concerts with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Concerto, the Sapporo Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Odense Symphony, the Camerata XXI, the Capella Cracoviensis and the Barcelona Catalunya Symphony Orchestra play. He has already recorded several CDs with music by Bach, Brahms, Boulez, Schulhoff, Prokofiev, as well as Mozart's flute quartets. Apart from his work in various of our philharmonic chamber music formations, Karl-Heinz Schütz has been the successor of Wolfgang Schulz in the Ensemble Wien - Berlin since June 2013.
Clemens Horak | oboe
Clemens Horak, who was born in Vienna on November 29, 1969, was nine years old when he began his study of the recorder at the Vienna Conservatory of Music under Ernst Hölz. Beginning in 1982 he continued his studies at the Music High School, where Maria Kneihs was his teacher. In 1985, he changed from the recorder to the oboe, moving into the oboe class under Manfred Kautzky. Two important events in Horak's career took place in 1989. First, he graduated from the Musical High School, and only shortly thereafter received an engagement as first oboist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In the following years, besides his work with the symphony, and making many solo and chamber music appearances, he continued his studies at the Vienna College of Music, acquiring his diploma in 1994.
As a performer, Clemens Horak consistently distinguished himself not only as an orchestral soloist, but appeared in addition with various chamber groups, most notably as soloist with the Vienna Symphony, the "Ensemble Kontrapunkt", the Vienna College of Music Orchestra and many others. On September 1998, this well established artist rose to a new challenge by performing an outstanding audition and obtaining the position of principal oboist with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Even before becoming an official member of the association, he appeared as soloist in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic on March 25, 2003. Together with Werner Hink, Tamás Varga and Harald Müller, he performed Joseph Haydn's Sinfonia concertante in B flat major, Hob. I:105, with Zubin Mehta conducting. This program was repeated on March 29, 2003, in Mumbai and on April 5, 2003, in Taipei.
Norbert Taeubl | clarinet
Norbert Täubl began his studies in clarinet in 1971 at the Vienna University of Music with Peter Schmidl, to which he had already been made first contact at the age of 14 years. During his studies he already accepted invitations of the spa orchestra of Bad Gastein and Bad Ischl. From 1973 he played regularly as a substitute in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic.
After a successful audition for the stage orchestra of the Austrian Theatre 1979 he was admitted as a Second clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in the same year. Followed in 1983, the inclusion in the Vienna Philharmonic and first appearances club as a chamber musician in Vienna Wind Octet.
1988 Norbert Täubl by former concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic brought in place of Alfred Prinz from Vienna Chamber Ensemble, formed by numerous recordings, including the clarinet quintets by Mozart, Brahms and Weber. In 1995, he moves to the solo clarinet and in 1999 succeeded Karl Leister in Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
Stepan Turnovsky | bassoon
Štěpán Turnovský comes from Prague, attended the concert bassoon with honors from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Prof. Karl Öhlberger. Since 1978 he is a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Apart from this activity he devoted himself to chamber music. He is a member of the Vienna Octet and the Vienna Virtuosi, occurred with the Concentus Musicus Wien and other prestigious ensembles.
From 1988 he taught as a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Wind Chamber Music and bassoon, since 2002 he has been the o. Professor own bassoon class.
He came at home and abroad as a soloist, among others with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Juergen Poechhacker | trumpet
Jürgen Pöchhacker, born on 6 April 1977 in Hollenstein on the Ybbs, began to learn the trumpet at the age of seven with the Kapellmeister of the local music band, Willi Streicher. Franz Graf, director of the music school Strasshof and teacher for trumpet, led him to the Musikgymnasium Neustiftgasse in 1991 and to the then conservatory of the city of Vienna, where he first studied with Karl Brugger. In 2002, he graduated from Karl Steininger after completing a parallel study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with our long-time first trumpeter Josef Pomberger. In April 2002, Jürgen Pöchhacker, who had won the "Anton Bruckner Förderpreis" of the Wiener Symphoniker after the diploma, became an active member of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. Eight years later he made a successful play for the Staatsopernorchester and changed to the Haus am Ring on September 1,
During his time in Dortmund, Jürgen Pöchhacker had also made a name for himself as a soloist and chamber musician. He repeatedly performed with the Amadeus Orchestra Dortmund and played with the Brass Ensembles of the Dortmund Philharmonic and the WDR Brass Band. In 2010, he was the co-founder of the ensemble "phil Blech Wien", composed of members of various orchestras, who dedicated themselves to cultivating the Wiener Blechblast tradition and giving it new impetus.
Josef Reif | horn
Mag. Josef Reif was born in 1980 in Amstetten and received his first horn lessons with Prof. Walter Reitbauer. At 15, he enrolled at the University of Music and Performing Arts, the concert French horn with Prof. Roland Berger, where he graduated in May 2007 with honors with Professor Thomas Jöbstl. His Substitutentätigkeit allows him to work with renowned Austrian orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the northeast Tonkünstlerorchester and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Akademie and the Neue Oper Wien and the United Stages of Vienna. Furthermore Josef Reif makes music like chamber music and works with many ensembles. These include the formations Vienna Horns, Austrian Brass Connection, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, Nouvelle Cuisine, Rudi Wilfer Jazz Band, The Percussive Planet Ensemble, the Horn Quintet Matterhorn and Theophil Ensemble Wien.
From September 2003 to March 2013 was Josef Reif Member of the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper. Since March 2013 he is the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera served as principal horn and is a member of the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Jan Jankovic | horn
Jan Jankovic, who was born on September 6, 1984, is the son of a musical family. He received his first music lessons at the age of five and in 1991 he was accepted into the horn class of Stjepan Obadić in Zagreb. As of 1996 he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Friedrich Gabler and our long-time member, Willibald Janezic, completing his diploma with distinction in 2003. In that same year he received an engagement as first horn in the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, changing in the 2007/2008 season to principal horn with the Zagreb Philharmonic. Following a successful audition, he joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra on September 1, 2008, as a second horn, where he is often used on first horn as well.
In addition to his orchestral work, Jan Jankovic has given numerous concerts as a soloist with such orchestras as the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Zagreb Soloists, the Kammerorchestra Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony, the Split Chamber Orchestra or the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the UBS Festival Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. He also has great interest in chamber music and has enjoyed much success, working on a regular basis with the Vienna Mozart Academy and as a member of the Vienna Virtuosi and the Vienna Wind Octet.
Klaus Zauner | percussion
Klaus Zauner, born into a family of hotel keepers in Bad Ischl on October 21, 1972, spent his childhood in Hallstatt, where he received his first instruction in percussion. Beginning in 1981, he attended the Landesmusikschule Bad Ischl, where he studied percussion, piano and saxophone. At the age of eleven, he won first place in a competition of the Upper Austrian State Music Schools. In 1987, he changed to the Music High School in Vienna, and studied percussion at the College of Music with Horst Berger and then later with Kurt Prihoda. In addition, he was registered at the Conservatory of Vienna in the percussion class of Ernst Theis between 1989 and 1996 and graduated from that institution with distinction. One year later he concluded his study at the College of Music with a master of arts with distinction, and was the recipient of a special prize of recognition from the Republic of Austria.
After having substituted in many various orchestras throughout Austria and abroad during his student years, Klaus Zauner intensified his professional endeavors and obtained his first permanent position as timpanist with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra in 1999, remaining in that position for three years. He left the Tonkünstler after a successful audition at the opera, and joined the percussion section of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra on September 1, 2002.