Philharmonia Wien

The Expressiveness of Youth

When Ola Rudner, Walter Schober and Farshid Girakhou founded the Philharmonia Wien in 1995 they conceived its future to be in its uniqueness - a youthful international ensemble where every musician has experience in the Viennese tradition of music making. Today Philharmonia Wien comprises exceptional musicians from all over the world. Whether principally soloists, chamber musicians or leading orchestral musicians, all share the passion and joy of making music together. The ensemble is equally comfortable performing the most intimate chamber music as the large symphonic orchestral repertoire.


The Swedish conductor Ola Rudner started his career as a high-profile violinist (he is a prize winner of the Paganini competition and was also assistant of the legendary Sandor Vègh) and concertmaster of various orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Volksopera Vienna and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. 1995 he founded the Philharmonia Wien, from 2001-2003 he was Chief Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and since 2003/2004 he is Chief Conductor of the Haydn Orchestra Bolzano.

Since 1997 Ola Rudner has conducted all the major australian orchestras: the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth. In Scandinavia he has conducted most of the orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony Orhcestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and the orchestras in Trondheim, Bergen, Aalborg, Malmö, Helsingborg etc.

He also collaborated with orchestras like the Scottish Chamberorchestra, Vienna Chamberorchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Latvian National Philharmonic, Orchestra Fondazione Arena di Verona, and many times with the Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester.

With the Philharmonia Wien he performs annually at the Musikverein Wien, and went on tour to Japan, Poland, Yugoslavia Austria and Turkey.

He also has a long- term relationship with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, with whom he is recording the complete works by the British composer, Sally Beamish, for BIS. In 2005 Beamish's Viola Concerto will be recorded with soloist Tabea Zimmermann.

Ola Rudner is also an important opera conductor. Since many years he conducts at the Volksoper Wien and is regularly invited to the opera houses of Australia,Sweden and Italy. His repertoire includes Mozart's Magic Flute, Così, Figaro, Titus and Idomeneo, Beethoven's Fidelio and La Traviata. Operettas by Offenbach,Strauss,Lehar and Kalman.

Highlights of the past seasons have been his debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Torino, the Slovenian Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic and the SWR- Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart with whom he is going to record the Rhapsodies and Ouvertures of Dvorak.

Upcoming projects include the Mozarteum orchestra Salzburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica di Verona, Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, Orchestra Regionale di Lazio, London Philharmonic and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.

His recordings for Australian label ABC Classics with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, includes Rossini Overtures, a series of composer portraits of australian contemporary composers Carl Vine, Elena Katz-Chernin and Brenton Broadstock and arias of Haydn and Mozart with singers Sara Macliver and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

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