|Bruckner Orchester Linz
Through its performances at its very own Brucknerhaus (also a mainstay of the Bruckner Festival) and throughout Austria and its tours of the music centres of the world the Bruckner Orchester Linz is the symphony orchestra of Upper Austria, and as such a figurehead for the city of Linz and the federal province of Upper Austria
The constant re-examination of Anton Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre lends the Orchestra a unique position, and yet this message of music is conveyed not just by the Orchestra’s name. Under its Principal Conductor Dennis Russell Davies the Orchestra has undertaken for instance to record all of Bruckner’s symphonies by 2011.
Leading conductors and solo instrumentalists have been won over for the concerts of the Bruckner Orchestra. They include conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Simone Young, Bernhard Klee, Karen Kamensek, Leif Segerstam, Serge Baudo and Hans Graf, to mention but a few, and instrumentalists Rudolf Buchbinder, Thomas Larcher, Maki Namekawa and Franz Vorraber (piano), Eliot Fisk (guitar), Renaud Capucon, Beni Schmid, Christian Altenburger (violin), Yuri Bashmet and Kim Kashkashian (viola).
Heinrich Schiff, first guest conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra, can be heard with the Orchestra on a regular basis both as a conductor and a soloist from the 2004/05 season onwards.
The Bruckner Orchester is also justly proud of its education department MOVE.ON, which has been leading the way in developing workshop-based concerts for children and young people. The Bruckner Orchester, along with the Berlin Philharmonic, was the first orchestra in the German-speaking region to structure its youth work in a separate department based on this model as of December 2001. Each season move.on now reaches some 4,000 children in Upper Austria. The Linz model, embedded in the youth symphony concerts of Upper Austria, the youth activities of the Brucknerhaus and, since 2005, special programme offers throughout the province of Upper Austria, has won international recognition and is featured at conferences as a classic example of youth music work by an orchestra.
|Under his Principal Conductor Kurt Wöss the theatre and symphony orchestra is given the name BRUCKNER ORCHESTER LINZ.
Tours in Poland and Germany.
Opening of the Brucknerhaus in Linz. The Orchestra comprises 85 musicians
Theodor Guschlbauer becomes Principal Conductor. During his era, which lasts until 1983, the Bruckner Orchester Linz performs 300 concerts, including concerts in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Spain and Hungary.
First recording (Bruckner’s Symphony No. 0, Die Nullte). Carl-F. Steiner takes over the management.
Roman Zeilinger becomes Principal Conductor.
First co-operation with Kurt Eichhorn, who is appointed the Bruckner Orchestra’s honorary conductor in 1989. From 1990 until his death in 1994 a total of six Bruckner symphonies are recorded onto CD under his leadership.
Manfred Mayrhofer follows Roman Zeilinger, who takes over as artistic director of the Linz Landestheater. Inaugural concert at the Carinthian Summer Music Festival.
International Beethoven Festival in Bonn
The Bruckner Orchestra obtains its own statutes
The Orchestra comprises 103 members. Concerts in Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary and Egypt (opening of the Cairo Opera House); Salome under Franz Welser-Möst at the Brucknerhaus and in Granada.
Martin Sieghart takes charge of the Orchestra as artistic director. The Orchestra expands to 110 musicians. Concerts in the Czech Republic and in Spain.
Tour of Germany. M. Gielen, V. Fedosejev conduct the Bruckner Orchestra as guest conductors.
Elektra under Franz Welser-Möst at the Brucknerhaus.
Completion of the recordings of all the Bruckner Symphonies under Martin Sieghart;
CD production of the Fourth Symphony by Franz Schmidt. March Music Days Festival in Russe, Bulgaria
Tours of Japan, China and Germany, and concerts in Merano, Modena, Ljubljana, and Bratislava. In this year the Bruckner Orchestra performs the record number of 65 concerts.
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, two staged performances in Wels (H. Siukola, Theo Adam, Janis Martin, M. Sieghart among others; stage production: G. Schneider-Siemssen)
Festival concert marking 30th anniversary of the Bruckner Orchester Linz - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (M. Lipovsek, Vienna Boys’ Choir, Women’s Choir of the Linz Landestheater, M. Sieghart)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the Resurrection, (A. Pammer, C. Kalisch, Wiener Singverein, F. Welser-Möst)
Concerts in Munich, Nuremberg, Brno, Brussels, at the Prague Autumn International Music Festival, tour of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Enschede, Eindhoven, The Hague)
Concert tours to Italy, England and Zagreb.
At the VOESTival ‘99 the Bruckner Orchestra enjoys resounding successes with Ennio Morricone as composer and conductor, and also at the Linzer Klangwolke on 4 September ‘99, where the Orchestra dazzled its audience of 100,000 spectators in a production by Peter Wolf together with stars of the international pop scene.
Tour of Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg, Basel, Zurich, Berne), open-air concert in Nuremberg, and concert as part of the EXPO 2000 in Hanover under the heading of “The Blue Danube”.
Appointed Principal Conductor Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Bruckner Orchester Linz at the Klangwolke for the first time (Mahler’s Symphony No. 3), the New Year’s concert and the orchestral suite The Planets by Gustav Holst, which is recorded on CD.
Voestival 2001 with Karl Jenkins and his Adiemus music.
Performances at the Wien modern Festival and the Passau European Weeks.
Concert performance of the opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill with HK Gruber at the Linz Brucknerfest.
First Debut in Linz with Konstanze von Gutzeit at the Brucknerhaus, conductor Ingo Ingensand. Dennis R. Davies conducts at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, soloist Hakan Hardenberger. Performance of the Battleship Potemkin as part of the Vienna Film Festival. Performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6 under Simone Young. Co-operation with Herman van Veen (Für Elise) and Christian Kolonovits (Around the world, voestival 02). European premiere of Symphony No. 6 by Philip Glass under Dennis R. Davies (Linzer Klangwolke), concertante opera Parsifal under Dennis R. Davies at the Brucknerfest, concerts in Vienna, Ingolstadt, Würzburg and at the Bratislava Music Festival.
Five concerts at the Festival de Musica de Canarias on Lanzarote, Teneriffa and Gran Canaria, Debut in Linz with Martin Grubinger, drums, and Günther Groissböck, bass, Brucker’s Symphony No. 4 under Heinrich Schiff. Stabat Mater by Antonin Dvorak with the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno under Leos Swarowsky in Linz and Brno; Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 under Dante Anzolini in Linz and Norrköping, voestival with Sir Peter Ustinov, Linzer Klangwolke "Europa" by and with Christian Kolonovits; first concert at the Ars Electronica Festival, guest appearance at the Flanders Festival in Ghent and at the Klangspuren in Schwaz; Beethoven’s Leonore in a concertante performance in Linz and Vienna, Symphony No. 6 by Philip Glass in Linz and Bolzano; two move.on concerts.
Debut in Linz with the Minetti Quartet and Bernhard Mühringer, trumpet; gala concert marking "30th Anniversary of the Brucknerhaus", under Heinrich Schiff: Werner Steinmetz, premiere and Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler; Symphony No. 8 by Anton Bruckner in Linz, Vienna, Puchheim, Mattighofen and at the European Weeks in Passau; St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach under Dennis R. Davies; Parsifal under Hans Wallat at the Richard Wagner Festival, Wels; Ushaka Oratorium marking "10 Years of Democracy in South Africa", CD recording of Philip Glass’s The Voyage. Start of new recording of all of Bruckner’s Symphonies in the original versions, with Dennis Russell Davies.
Heinrich Schiff is the Orchestra’s first guest conductor as of the 2004/05 season. Concert tours take the orchestra to Parma and Perugia among others; in May 2005 it is the first orchestra to perform in the newly renovated Unionsaal. The motto of the Voestival is “A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber”, with soloists such as Julian Lloyd Webber, Elaine Paige, Ramon Vargas, and others.
In November the Bruckner Orchestra undertakes its first tour of the US, with eleven concerts in three weeks performed on the East and West coasts, with its Principal Conductor Dennis Russell Davies. As part of the tour Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 8, a work on commission for the Orchestra, is presented in New York. Premiere of the Peter Androsch opera Schwarze Erde as part of the Stifter Year at the Linz Landestheater .
Guest performance of Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail with the Linz Landestheater in Ferrara and Modena. In May 2006 tour to Stuttgart, Cologne and Düsseldorf with Dante Anzolini.
Concerts in Linz with Rudolf Buchbinder, Serge Baudo, Zsolt Hamar, Frank Beermann, Hans Graf, Bernhard Klee, among others. Voestival with Lalo Schifrin as conductor and pianist and with soloists such as James Morrisson, Julia Migenes, and others. As part of the Brucknerfest Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is performed as a visualised “sound cloud” at the inaugural event. In December 2006 the Orchestra goes on tour to Zagreb and Budapest with Mozart's adaptation of Handel’s Messiah