Salzburg Wind Philharmonic
The Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg is the new name for what was formerly known as the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg, which was founded in 2002 by Hansjörg Angerer as an orchestral formation of the Mozarteum University. The aim was to position this ensemble on an equal standing with classical symphony orchestras and traditional string formations by the performance of original compositions as well as works orchestrated especially for symphonic winds. Wind music performed at the highest level intends to achieve an essential influence on the symphonic wind repertoire.
After these high expectations - not least thanks to the typical sound aesthetics developed by principal conductor Hansjörg Angerer - were not only achieved but far exceeded in concerts as well as through authoritative recordings, it was time to give the orchestra a new direction due to the level In order to ensure the continuation of this professionalism, the orchestra has been operating under the name Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg since the summer of 2022 and continues its activities as a non-profit company both independently and autonomously. This company (GmbH), whose activities are not profit-oriented, pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes for the promotion of art and culture.
The Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg is made up of top class musicians from leading symphony orchestras (for instance the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz) as well as soloists and international prize-winners. All international orchestra members are teachers, graduates and selected students of the renowned Mozarteum University in Salzburg who are greatly committed to realising the special projects of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg.
The extensive repertoire of the Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg – documented on several CD and DVD recordings – ranges from Baroque, Classic and Romantic to Austrian music rich in tradition as well as contemporary compositions. The instrumentation varies from large-scale symphonic orchestra to chamber music ensemble.
An annual highlight is the New Year’s/Epiphany Concert of the Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg which has been transmitted several times live on television, for instance on ORF III, BR and Servus TV. Over the years several successful guest concerts have taken place, for instance in St. Petersburg, in Munich, Duisburg, Vienna and Innsbruck, and the ensemble presented the highly acclaimed world premiere of the first German-language opera for wind orchestra, Die Sennenpuppe.
Concert master:Wenzel Fuchs (first solo clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic)
For many of its concert projects the Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg collaborates successfully with several soloists and guest conductors.
Versions for Symphonic Winds
The basis for the symphonic wind arrangements performed by the Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg is not so much traditional wind music but rather chamber music for winds and the treatment for winds by the great symphonic writers from the Classical period to Richard Strauss.
... Transcriptions in incomparable versions for symphonic winds by Albert Schwarzmann ...