Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra
The Tonkunstler Orchestra is one of the most important institutions on the Austrian music scene. While maintaining the classical repertoire, the Tonkunstler also have a focus on contemporary music. At the beginning of the 09/10 season, Columbian-born Andres Orozco-Estrada took over as Music Director, having been at home with Viennese musical life since 1997. From the 15/16 season he will be followed by Yutaka Sado as the new Music Director. Through the incorporation of genres such as jazz and world music, the Tonkunstler ensure they have their finger on the pulse. This also comes from programming contemporary works, including commissions by Krzysztof Penderecki, James MacMillan, HK Gruber, Friedrich Cerha, Tan Dun, Brett Dean and Jörg Widmann.
The orchestra has residencies at the Vienna Musikverein, the Festspielhaus St. Pölten and in Grafenegg, where the Tonkunstler are the Festival Orchestra. Tours to Germany, Great Britain, the Baltic States and Japan, amongst others, have expanded the orchestra’s international profile. It has worked with guest soloists such as Angela Denoke, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann, Daniela Fally, Ramon Vargas, Martin Grubinger, Hakan Hardenberger, Daniel Hope, Igor Levit, Lars Vogt and Nikolaj Znaider.
Amongst its recordings are Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang” by Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, both conducted by Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada. Further releases include Bernstein’s Mass and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 recently appeared on OehmsClassics. In early 2015, the complete symphonies by Brahms are released on the same label.