Over its 175-year history, the Mozarteum Orchestra has developed into one of Austria's leading ensembles, specialising in independent contemporary interpretation of the works of Mozart and the Viennese Classical school. As an internationally recognised cultural ambassador for Salzburg and recipient of the Gold Mozart Medal, the Orchestra has celebrated outstanding successes worldwide with this repertoire. The flexible line-up allows performances as large symphony orchestra, extended chamber orchestra and a variety of chamber-music ensembles, always doing justice to the style of each period of music. This wide range is documented in many CD recordings.
In October, the recording of Hans Rott's Symphony no. 1, conducted by Constantin Trinks (under the Profil Edition Günter Hänssler label), will receive the sought-after Echo Classic award in the Symphonic Recording (19th century) category.
The symphony orchestra of the Town and the Province of Salzburg – dating back to the Cathedral Music Society and Mozarteum, founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart's widow Constanze and their two sons – is a permanent feature in Salzburg's eventful cultural life, running two concert series of its own. The Thursday Concerts in the festive ambience of the Mozarteum Foundation focus on the Vienna Classical school as well as less familiar works from adjacent periods. The Sunday Matinees held in the famous Large Festival Hall pull out all the available stops, to offer exciting performances of major symphonic works from the Romantic and Modern repertoire.
The Orchestra plays a major role in the world-famous Salzburg Festival, with the Mozart Matinees (once called "the secret heart of the Festival"), also frequently performing together with celebrated opera stars in major opera productions. Annual engagements at the internationally acclaimed Mozart Week and in the concert programme of the Salzburg Kulturvereinigung enhance the ensemble's fine reputation. Throughout the season, the Orchestra is part of the musical productions in the Salzburg Landestheater, with a repertoire ranging from grand opera through operetta and ballet to musical.
Principal conductors who have contributed to shaping the Orchestra include Leopold Hager, Ralf Weikert, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, and particularly Ivor Bolton, who had a decisive formative influence from 2004 until 2016. New principal conductor Riccardo Minasi aims to continue this positive development.
Audi und Leica Camera AG are official sponsors of the Mozarteum Orchestra.