Konzerthaus, Vienna
The Konzerthaus in Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million , and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre...

 (in German language
German language
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: Wiener Konzerthaus) was opened 1913. It is situated in the third district just at the edge of the first district in Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million , and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre...

. Since it was founded it has always tried to emphasise both tradition and innovative musical styles.

In 1890 the first ideas for a Haus für Musikfeste came about. The idea of the new multi purpose building was to be more interesting to the broader public than the traditional Wiener Musikverein. In addition to the concert hall, the first drawings by Ludwig Baumann
Ludwig Baumann
-References:*German language Wikipedia: Ludwig Baumann. Retrieved October 29, 2005....

 for the Olympion included an ice-skating area and a bicycle club. In an attached open air area 40,000 visitors would be able to attend events. The drawings were not accepted. However, today an ice skating area is situated right next to the building.

The Konzerthaus was finally built between 1911 and 1913. The architects were Ferdinand Fellner
Ferdinand Fellner
Ferdinand Fellner was an Austrian architect. Along with Hermann Helmer, he designed several theatres and palaces across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century.Fellner was born in Vienna...

 and Hermann Helmer (Büro Fellner & Helmer); the work was done in cooperation with Ludwig Baumann.

Performance facilities

The building is about 70x40 meters and had originally three halls, in which there can be simultaneous concerts, since they are sound-proofed. The original art nouveau
Art Nouveau
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 building was partly destroyed during renovations and adaptions, but the building was reconstructed from original sketches in the 1970s. A historic organ
Pipe organ
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 was installed in the Konzerthaus by the Austria
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n firm Rieger
Rieger Orgelbau
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 in 1913. Between 1997 and 2000 the house was completely renovated.
  • Großer Saal, with 1,840 seats.
  • Mozartsaal, with 704 seats.
  • Schubertsaal, with 336 seats.
  • Berio Saal was added during the latest renovations and seats up to 400 people.


The Konzerthaus has the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
-History:In 1900, Ferdinand Löwe founded the orchestra as the Wiener Concertverein . In 1913 it moved into the Konzerthaus, Vienna. In 1919 it merged with the Tonkünstler Orchestra. In 1933 it acquired its current name...

, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Wiener Singakademie
Wiener Singakademie
As the first mixed choir in Vienna, the Wiener Singakademie was founded in 1858 with the idea to establish a "Singübungsanstalt" . From the beginning, its repertory has been shaped by two major interests: the fostering of the works of the traditional masters, and the inclusion of contemporary works...

 and the Klangforum Wien
Klangforum Wien
The Klangforum Wien is an Austrian chamber orchestra, based in Vienna at the Konzerthaus, which specialises in contemporary classical music.Founded by composer and conductor Beat Furrer in 1985, it is run on collective principles, having no official principal conductor. Sylvain Cambreling is...

 in residence. Several subscriptions also include concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The Vienna Philharmonic is an orchestra in Austria, regularly considered one of the finest in the world....

 and other organizations.

The Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft also conducts several Festivals during the year.
  • Early Music Festival Resonanzen in January.
  • the Spring Festival Wiener Frühlingsfestival.
  • the Internationale Musikfest in May and June.
  • Wien Modern in the Fall.


  • Egon Seefehlner
    Egon Seefehlner
    Egon Seefehlner was an Austrian jurist, editor and opera intendant.Seefehlner was born in Vienna Austria where he studied law at the Konsularakademie Wien. From 1938 to 1943 it was active in the politico-economic department of AEG, Berlin. From 1945 to 1961 he returned to Vienna where he worked as...

  • Peter Weiser (1961-1977)
  • Hans Landesmann (1978-1984)
  • Alexander Pereira (1984-1991)
  • Karsten Witt (1991-1996)
  • Christoph Lieben-Seutter (1996-2007)
  • Bernhard Kerres (2007-)

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