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Mariss Jansons

Mariss Jansons © Peter Meisel

Susanna Mälkki

Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler (Ausschnitt)

Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang © Kirk Edwards (Ausschnitt)

Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello

Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst © Julia Wesely

39th International Musik Festival

11 May – 1 July 2019

Ever since it was founded by Egon Seefehlner in 1947, the mission of the International Music Festival of the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft has been to keep tradition alive and contrast the established with the new. The dazzling open concert of the 39th edition of the Wiener Konzerthaus's largest and most venerable festivals will be a performance of Mahler's spectacular Eighth Symphony by the Vienna Philharmonic, all of Vienna's main choirs and a hand-picked line-up of soloists. After that and until the closing concert with superstar Diana Krall on 1st July, the festival will feature guest performances by international orchestras, fantastic soloists and chamber music recitals with some of the world's best ensembles.

Mariss Jansons, Yuja Wang, Susanna Mälkki, Teodor Currentzis, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Hélène Grimaud, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Hilary Hahn, Christian Gerhaher, Elīna Garanča, Florian Boesch or Vadim Repin are just some of the biggest names in the dazzling line-up of artists. In addition to Mahler's Eighth, the programme will feature major works such as Haydn's »The Creation«, Britten's »War Requiem« and Shostakovich's »Leningrad Symphony«.

Three projects featuring modern and contemporary music are particularly worth mentioning: a performance of Fausto Romitelli's video opera »An Index of Metals« by the Ensemble PHACE on May 21, a four-concert focus featuring Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina on June 15 and 16, and the multi-faceted community project »Orfeo & Majnun« that has its closing concert on June 10.

True to the Wiener Konzerthaus's tradition, the kaleidoscopic programme will also include a whole range of jazz and world-music concerts, as well as literature and film events. And during the entire festival, two sound installations by Hilario Isola and Enrico Ascoli will be erected on the Main Foyer's grand staircase.

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Tickets for members from 15 January (9am), for the general public from 22 January, 2019 (9am)