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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 String Quartet.

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 Birthplace.




Salzburg Tourist Bureau

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