SALZBURG, 22 JANUARY 2006
—January 27 marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
In a tribute to the Austrian composer, Salzburg's Mozart Week features a
gala concert on 27 January with Riccardo Muti conducting the Vienna
Philharmonic together with soloists Thomas Hampson (baritone), Renée Fleming
(soprano), Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Gidon Kremer
(violin) and Yuri Bashmet (viola) and with the Wiener Singverein.
On the morning of Mozart's birthday the Austrian Federal President
Heinz Fischer will officially open the Mozart anniversary year in a
ceremony in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum. During this ceremony the
Vienna Philharmonic will be conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
The main focus of the concert programmes during the Mozart Week 2006 is
on Mozart’s early works, many of which he composed during his first
journeys throughout the whole of Europe. Concerts will be conducted by
Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Dennis Russell Davies, Adam Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Reinhard Goebel,
Daniel Harding, Nikolaus
Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Leonidas Kavakos, Riccardo Muti, Sir
Roger Norrington, András Schiff, Hubert Soudant and Mark Wigglesworth.
Among the singers who can be heard are John Mark Ainsley, Veronica
Cangemi, Ruxandra Donose, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Véronique
Gens, Susan Gritton, John Graham Hall, Thomas Hampson, Vesselina Kasarova,
Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff,
Alexandra Reinprecht, Michael Schade and Markus Werba.
The following soloists will be performing during the Mozart Week 2006:
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Saleem Abboud Ashkar, Emmanuel
Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Gianluca Cascioli, Helmut Deutsch, Ariane Haering, Erich
Höbarth, Gidon Kremer, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Robert Levin, Sabine
Meyer, Christoph Richter, András Schiff, Heinrich Schiff, Benjamin Schmid,
Mitsuko Uchida, Stefan Vladar, Lars Vogt, Jörg Widmann, Shai Wosner.
Concerts will be given by the Camerata Salzburg, the Cappella Andrea
Barca, the Haydn Philharmonie Eisenstadt, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra,
the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, the Symphony Orchestra of the Mozarteum University, the
Vienna Philharmonic and chamber music will be performed by the Beaux Arts
Trio, the Emerson String Quartet, the Hagen Quartet and the Juilliard
Nikolaus Harnoncourt is
artist in residence and the American stage director and designer
Robert Wilson has re-designed some of the exhibition area in Mozart’s