The newly founded orchestra consists of musicians from Vienna and arose from the motivation to represent the typical „Viennese“.
However, typical Viennese music – in our opinion – is not only the much praised „Viennese Sound“, the Viennese horns and Viennese oboes, but, more than ever, the diversity of people, nations, careers and backgrounds.
To live as a musician in Vienna, to experience Vienna with all its traditions every day, to help shape Viennese musical life, to breathe the Viennese air – this is what makes our consciousness as an orchestra, in addition to high musical and technical quality.
That’s what we want to transport.
It is formed by musicians who know each other well and for a long time, who have already experienced a lot of things together and therefore have a unique charisma and way of making music together.
That makes the difference for us and makes us a very homogeneous orchestra.
The most diverse formations are possible: from the large symphonic orchestra to a small chamber orchestra and a string quartet.
Also a brass band formation is of course possible.
It can be played in any of these variations with or without soloists.
Your and our imagination knows no bounds – see for yourself!
Members of the orchestra
Robert Papocsi was born in Hungary. He attended the Musical Secondary School in Vác and went on to study horn and pedagogy at the Music University in Pécs (Hungary), where he completed his studies as a horn player in 1997 and as a conductor in 2003 (class of Prof. Karoly Neumayer). Initially he worked as a specialist teacher of brass, and also as a chorus master in several schools/music schools. He has been chief conductor of a number of wind orchestras, with whom he has won several prizes.
At this time he was also playing in several symphony orchestras, including the Operetta Theater in Budapest, the Pannon Philharmony Orchestra in Pécs, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Currently he is the chief conductor of three different wind orchestras, whilst still playing with several symphony orchestras in Austria.
In 2016 he was the assistant of Maestro Christian Schulz at the opera performances Baruch’s Schweigen (Ella Milch-Sheriff). In June 2017 he was part of the Vienna Summer Music Festival and conducted the opera Suor Angelica (G.Puccini).
Robert also conducted the New Year’s Concert in January 2017 for the Symphony Orchestra in Nagykanizsa (Hungary). After the great success of this concert he was appointed as the orchestra’s chief conductor, and was invited for another concert in December 2017 with the symphonic and choral works of Zoltán Kodály.
In may 2018 Robert Papocsi conducted his Master of Arts exam in Palais Auersperg in Vienna, where he performed J. Strauß´ „The Bat“.
In june he was part of the Vienna Summer Music Festival again, where he was the assistant in „The Magic Flute“.
Michael Halász’s first engagement as a conductor was at the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater where, between 1972 and 1975, he directed all operetta productions. In 1975 he moved to Frankfurt to work as principal Kapellmeister with Christoph von Dohnányi and here he conducted the most important works of the operatic repertoire. Many engagements as a guest conductor followed and in 1977 Dohnányi took him to the Staatsoper in Hamburg as principal Kapellmeister. From 1978 to 1991 he was general musical director of the Hagen Opera House and in 1991 he took up the post of resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera for 20 years.
Michael Halász’s recordings for Naxos include ballets by Tchaikovsky, operatic excerpts of Wagner, symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, Rossini’s overtures, three volumes of Liszt’s symphonic poems (the latter described by the Penguin Guide as ‘one of the most successful collections of Liszt’s symphonic poems to have emerged in recent years’), Fidelio (8.660070-71), Don Giovanni (8.660080-82), Le nozze di Figaro (8.660102-04), Die Zauberflöte (8.660030-31), and a pioneering recording of Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang (8.660074-75). He has also recorded Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Orfeo (8.550766), Richard Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (8.553379), Rubinstein’s Don Quixote (8.555394) and, for Marco Polo, ballet music by Rubinstein (8.220451) and Schmidt’s Symphony No. 1 (8.223119).
Balazs Schwartz was born in Pecs, Hungary. He received his first violin lessons from Zsolt Csermenyi at Ajka Music School. From 1987-1991 he attended the Dohnanyi Ernö Music High School in Veszprem.
He lives in Vienna since 1991 and studied violin with Prof. Josef Sivo, Prof. Gerald Schubert at the University of Music and Performing Arts.
and Prof. Michael Schnitzler.
In the year 2000 he graduated the 2nd diploma examination – master of arts and received further lessons by Gertrude Rossbacher and Guillermo Büchler.
He also played in trios, such as the Altenberg Trio.
In competitions he received several awards 1st prize (1987 Jugend Musiziert, 1st Prize, 1989 Janos Koncz Violin Competition, Special Prize of the Jury, 1991 Auer Lipot Commemorative Competition, 1st Prize and the Special Prize for the W.A. Mozart Interpretation)
He participated in courses such as the Summer Academy of the Jehudi Menuhin Foundation (Paris).
In addition to permanent employment with the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Lower Austrian Tonkünstlern Balázs Schwartz is also at home in the chamber music. So he was already concertmaster and soloist of the string orchestra of the Dohnanyi Ernö Music High School Veszprem at home and abroad.
String quartet tours, opera productions, various chamber music ensembles, such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Academia Allegro Vivo, Haydn Philharmonic complete his work.
He is a member of the Strauss Festival Orchestra, Vienna Mozart Orchestra, Imperial Orchester Wien, Ambassade Orchestra, and has performed at the Symphony Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, Bregenz State Theater, and Stadttheater Baden.
Concert tours took him through Europe, Asia, North and South America, he participated in CD, DVD, television and radio recordings.
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