Chief Conductor Riccardo Minasi
Wherever it appears, the Mozarteum Orchestra delights audiences and concert critics with its lively and refreshing performances. The orchestra of the state and city of Salzburg, whose roots go back to the “Dommusikverein und Mozarteum”, which was founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart’s widow Constanze and his sons, today has around 90 musicians and has a distinctive sound culture developed by a top Austrian orchestra. With its interpretations of the Viennese classic, especially the works of Mozart, it celebrates extraordinary successes worldwide. As the first orchestra after the Vienna Philharmonic, it was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal for this performance in 2016.
Well-known chief conductors such as Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant and Ivor Bolton have decisively shaped the Mozarteum Orchestra in recent decades. The dynamic Italian Riccardo Minasi has been setting new accents since autumn 2017.
With its own series of concerts in the Mozarteum Foundation, the Great Festival Hall and, since 2020, in its own orchestra house, the orchestra enriches Salzburg’s cultural landscape.
At the Salzburg Festival, the Mozarteum Orchestra has played an important role every year for more than 90 years, especially with its Mozart matinees. It also plays concerts as part of the Salzburg Mozart Week, at the Dialoge Festival and as a partner of the Salzburg Cultural Association. In the Salzburg State Theater, the Mozarteum Orchestra can be seen all year round in musical theater performances.
There are also regular guest appearances in Europe, Asia, North and South America. The diverse creative spectrum, spanning almost all musical epochs, is documented in an impressive discography that has won multiple awards.