The Vienna Residence Orchestra was founded by pianist and conductor Paul Moser and his wife Sylvia Moser to perform the works of Viennese classical music to the peak of perfection.
Numerous series of events have since taken place in Vienna’s most beautiful palaces. The orchestra plays works from Mozart to Johann Strauss in various large orchestrations. Paul Moser chose only musicians able to authentically interpret Viennese classical music such as Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven for his exclusive ensemble. They are also sensitive enough, and have the special feeling necessary, to make Viennese waltzes a great experience. The typical Viennese sound, made famous by the strings of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is also one of the reasons for the success of this orchestra.
Sylvia Moser puts together programs that leave nothing to be desired for lovers of Viennese music. Ballet dancers from the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper, and renowned opera singers not only interpret the musical pearls of W. A. Mozart’s music, but above all the stirring music of the Strauss family, as well as works of classic Viennese operetta.
The Vienna Klangbogen Festival – Mozart Memorial Year
The orchestra was the official representative of Austria at the Mozart commemoration ceremony and played numerous concerts at the Vienna Klangbogen Festival. (formerly Wiener Musiksommer).
Rudolf Nureyev was the first guest conductor
The world-famous Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was the orchestra’s first guest conductor. Nureyev soon began performing throughout Europe with the Vienna Residence Orchestra, with sensational success. Other major European artists have performed with the Vienna Residence Orchestra: Rainer Küchl, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, star conductor Jochen Kowalski, as well as the conductors Arild Remmereit, Guiseppe Lanzetta, Herbert Roggenburg, and many others.
The Vienna Residence Orchestra has been a performing guest at well-known international festivals. Some stations on the path to a successful, worldwide career have included: Paris, Berlin, Rome, Venice, Ravello, Deauville, Athens, the Budapest State Opera, Varese, Mexico, Brussels, Salzburg and the Vienna Musikverein.
Austria Weeks in Stockholm
An all-female quartet from the Vienna Residence Orchestra enriched the Austria Weeks in Hotel Hasselbacken on the well-known vacation island of Djurgarden with Viennese music. Sylvia Schramm inspired with selected Viennese songs.
Liechtenstein concert series
Paul Moser directed the orchestra that he himself founded, and established a daily concert series at the Liechtenstein City Palace. In summer, additional concerts were held at the Liechtenstein Garden Palace.
At the invitation of the President of the Republic, the Vienna Residence Orchestra performed 11 concerts in all the major cities of Uruguay under solo violinist Igor Malinovsky. Sylvia Schramm (Moser), Monika Mosser, and Dimitrij Solowjow inspired the audience and the president with melodies by Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr, Carl Michael Ziehrer, and Joseph Lanner.
At the invitation of an NGO, the Vienna Residence Orchestra performed two charity concerts in the famous concert hall of the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City. The proceeds were used to finance the construction and equipping of a football pitch for street children. The concert was broadcast on Mexican television; as an encore, the orchestra played a typical Mexican hit together with a Mariachi ensemble.
Brüssel – Belgium
The Vienna Residence Orchestra performed three concerts in Brussels.
At the Marcus Square in Venice:
RAI 1 records the highlights of Carnival in Venice. One of the star guests is the Vienna Residence Orchestra.
The chamber ensemble of the orchestra plays not only the Viennese repertoire, but also three compositions by King Bhumibol, who wrote as a passionate saxophonist at the 40 compositions.
Organizer Sylvia Moser and artistic director Professor Robert Lehrbaumer created “New Classix” – an innovative concert initiative in Vienna – Sunday matinee concerts at the Auersperg and Liechtenstein Palaces. Conductor/pianist Robert Lehrbaumer worked with both prominent artists and rising stars to create unusual concert programs with stimulating and entertaining presenters.
Italian Fashion & Cultural Event
Due to the excellent feedback after the broadcast of their performance in St. Mark’s Square, the orchestra received an invitation to the 3rd Fashion and Cultural Meeting in Dubai. A quartet of ladies entertained the international society with Vivaldi, Boccherini, Mozart, and Strauss.
New Musical Director Zoltan Janikovic
Zoltán Janikovic took over the artistic direction of the orchestra after Paul Moser’s untimely death. The WRO’s Mozart and Strauss concerts became cultural highlights of every visit to Vienna.
Christian Pollack took over the artistic direction
Prof. Christian Pollack took over the musical direction of the Vienna Residence Orchestra. Under his direction, the orchestra inspired in both large and small ensembles, with renowned opera singers, ballet dancers, and musical delicacies based on seasonal themes. He invited guest conductors such as Gerhard Lagrange, Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza, and Professor Robert Lehrbaumer.
Canet de Mar, Rialp, Altafulla (Spain)
With one of the stars of the “New Classix” concert series, Claudi Arimany, the orchestra performed in Canet de Mar Granollers (the Castle of Santa Florentina), Rialp and Altafulla in Spain, conducted by Christian Pollack.
Musica in Irpinia
Due to the great success of the concert in Imola, the orchestra was once again invited to perform two concerts in Avellino and Nereto. The highlight was the choreography of the waltz “Rosen aus dem Süd” (Johann Strauss Jr.) by Bella Ratchinskaia (and assistant Renato Zanellas).
Concert in Unterföhring, Münich
Conducted by Gerhard Lagrange, in 2009 the Vienna Residence Orchestra not only won the hearts of the Munich public, but also the Unterföhringer Mohr cultural prize. This award from the Unterföhring community has a special feature: The Unterföhringer Mohr is a pure audience award: The artist or ensemble with the most positive evaluations is chosen as the winner in every case.
At the beginning of the year, the WRO was chosen as the winner and invited to a new guest performance in Unterföhring. The prize consisted of a marble bust designed by the sculptor Margit Festl of Ismaningen, and a monetary award. This cultural prize was awarded for the first time in 2010, and it went to the Quadro Nuevo group for their performance in Unterföhring in 2008. The Vienna Residenzorchester followed in 2011.
Cultural prize of Unterföhring, Münich
The cultural prize was handed over at the next concert.
Llivia and Rialp Festivals
The orchestra participated in the “Festival de Música de la Vila de Llivia” and “Festival de Música de la Vila de Rialp” music festivals.
Rober Lehrbaumer, with soloist Rita-Lucia Schneider, gave an extremely atmospheric concert with music from Franz Liszt to Franz Lehar.
Llinars del Vallès (Barcelona)
A chamber ensemble of five musicians from the Vienna Residence Orchestra, with two ballet dancers, accepted a concert invitation to the Spanish “Llinars del Vallès”.
Giuseppe Montesano took over the artistic direction
Professor Christian Pollack resigned, and Giuseppe Montesano took over the artistic direction of the Vienna Residence Orchestra.