Daniel Ottensamer (Clarinet)
Noah Bendix-Balgley (Violin)
Sebastian Gürtler (Violin)
Thilo Fechner (Viola)
Stephan Koncz (Cello)
Ödön Rácz (Double Bass)
Christoph Traxler (Piano)
The Vienna Berlin Music Club - that's what the Philharmonix call themselves. Founded by members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philharmonix play everything they have always wanted to. Their trademark: brilliant arrangements, incomparable virtuosity and, above all, unbridled joy in making music together, which spills over to the listener in a matter of seconds. In their brilliant new versions, they work on pop, jazz, swing, folk music, klezmer, and famous melodies from big Hollywood films in addition to classical works. They bring out new, original sides to all compositions - and skilfully bring together what otherwise does not belong together. So not everything is classical music. But everything has musical class.
Their music is influenced by the sound aesthetics and tradition of the top orchestras for which they otherwise work: Thilo Fechner (viola), Daniel Ottensamer (clarinet) and Ödön Rácz (double bass) play with the Vienna Philharmonic, Stephan Koncz (violoncello) and Noah Bendix-Balgley (violin) with the Berlin Philharmonic. They are joined by the outstanding soloists Christoph Traxler (piano) and Sebastian Gürtler (violin), who, together with Stephan Koncz, is also the compositional head of the ensemble. Their claim: "The head must rejoice, the heart exult and the leg twitch."
The ensemble records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon and released their two albums "The Vienna Berlin Music Club Vol. I" and "The Vienna Berlin Music Club Vol. II" in 2018 and 2019. In September 2022, the third album "The Vienna Berlin Music Club III" was released. "Classical Music without Borders" - rarely has a category designation fitted better than in the case of the Philharmonix, who were directly awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2018 for their first recording therein. The classical music expertise proven for all members does not prove to be a barrier here, but rather an inspirational door opener into new listening worlds.
The Philharmonix have recently celebrated great successes at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where they have held a subscription cycle in the Great Hall for several seasons, at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Kulturpalast Dresden, the Philharmonie Essen, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Upcoming concerts will take her to the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Tonhalle Zürich, Stadtcasino Basel, Brucknerhaus Linz, Konzert Theater Coesfeld, the Konzerthaus Ravensburg and the Musikfest Stuttgart.
National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing
Xi’an Concert Hall
Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre
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