The Beethoven Philharmonie unites Viennese sound and refinement as well as historically informed performance practice with a fresh musical approach.
The artistic director of the Beethoven Philharmonie is the Austrian conductor Thomas Rösner.
Members of established Austrian orchestras play alongside international chamber musicians and highly talented young musicians, creating together a unique spirit, which distinguishes the Beethoven Philharmonie from many other orchestras. A strong collective energy and the joy in music- making carries the audience along with the performers.
In addition to a broad repertoire, the Viennese classics such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Franz Schubert form the focus of the orchestra. Representing Viennese tradition, the Beethoven Philharmonie is also very much in demand for performances of the music by the Strauss dynasty.
The Beethoven Philharmonie has its own subscription concert series in the Grand Casino of Baden, Austria – one of Beethoven’s favorite towns, full of great cultural history and located in the very heart of Europe.
The orchestra has performed with many well-known soloists and guest conductors such as Chen Reiss, Philippe Entremont, Michael Schade, Daniela Fally, Vadim Repin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon, Benjamin Schmid, Till Fellner, Alexander Gadjiev, Koon-Woo Paik, Enrico Calesso and Manuel Blanco.
The orchestra has been invited to play at renowned festivals and concert venues such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Europäische Wochen in Passau / Germany, Bruckner International Festival in Linz, Klangbogen in Vienna, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, as well as in Paris, Budapest and on tours in China, Switzerland, Spain or Poland.
The Beethoven Philharmonie has performed for many years in a highly successful series of educational concerts “KlassiX” at the renowned Musikverein in Vienna and is part of the festival “operklosterneuburg“ in the Imperial Court at the Klosterneuburg Monastery.
Concerts in the 2022/23 season include, in addition to their own concert series in Casino Baden, invitations to Italy together with Vadim Repin, to the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, the Festival Haydn-Region in Austria, the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt, to Graz and a contemporary opera production in the baroque theater at Schönbrunn in Vienna.
The CD »Voices« with works by Beethoven and Mozart – released by Odradek Records 2020 – was internationally highly acclaimed. A recording with works by the Israeli composer Menachem Wiesenberg is due to release in autumn 2022.
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Opening concert of the European Weeks Passau, September 12th, 2020:
“The Beethoven Philharmonic – an alert and fine-sounding orchestra with stress-resistant horns and trumpets – plays the final movement of the ‘Pastoral’, the sixth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. “Shepherd’s song. Happy and grateful feelings after the storm”. Under the direction of Thomas Rösner, this shepherd’s song does not simply float blissfully along: it becomes a loving celebration of creation, in which one hears the blood dancing in pure gratitude to the Creator. The images and the music enhance one another to the point of intoxication!”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jan Brachmann, 16th September 2020
“Thomas Rösner and the Beethoven Philharmonic Orchestra provide gripping and colourful music making, making the recording one of the most exciting in the catalogue.“ 8.8.2020, pizzicato.lu
European Weeks Passau, June 26th, 2022:
“The musical highlight was provided by the Beethoven Philharmonic from Austria under the artistic direction of Thomas Rösner. Especially with her very dynamic performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 39 “La tempesta di mare” she drove waves and wind through the nave, so rough, so wild, so penetrating that you could feel her violence in your body.”
Deborah Voss, PNP, 27.6.2022