“Vienna Youth Philharmonic Orchestra” is Austria’s elite orchestra of young talents, which is musically fashioned in the Viennese tradition (Mozart, Mahler).

It was founded in 1997 by conductor Michael Lessky and important musicians of Viennese orchestras as Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Symphoniker. The career of the orchestra is worth to be shown: it has already played concerts with Agnes Baltsa, Elina Garanca, José Carreras and Dave Brubeck and at the International Schönberg-Festival it has acted two times as official cultural embassador of Austria in China and every neighboring country of Austria. In 2011 the orchestra was guests at the big festival “Hallo Austria” in Germany.

The “Vienna Youth Philharmonic Orchestra” cultivates a broad, international repertoire of concerts, operas, jazz & modern music.

The youth orchestra consists of approx. 320 performers who have to qualify at auditions, taking place once a year in every Austrian provincial capital. During the rehearsal periods experienced musicians especially from the Vienna Philharmonic lavish care on every part.

The Vienna Youth Philharmonic gave concerts with soloists like Agnes Baltsa, Elina Garanca, Jose Carreras, Dave Brubeck, Paul Gulda and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Among many productions for CD there are Mahler’s symphonies Nr.2,4 and 5 and the CD “Belle Epoque” with Carreras and a new typically Viennese one with music of Mahler, Webern, Schönberg and Nono.

In 2011 the orchestra was part of the big Festival „Hallo Austria“ in Saarland and performed at the Gustav Mahler-Musikwochen in Toblach for the first time.

In 2012 the orchestra made its debut at the festivals Imago Dei-Krems/Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer/Carinthia-Austria and Choriner Musiksommer/Berlin.

2013 the orchestra made its debut with two Wagner-Galas with parts of all ten operas together with soloists from Bayreuther Festspiele and Verdis „Quattro pezzi sacri“.

2014 there was the first collaboration with the Accademia of the Scala of Milano and beginning of a cercle at MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben with Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande.

In 2015 Vienna Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was guest of Ravello Festival in Italy and invited to a tour to Brasil (Sala Sao Paulo) and Peru (Grand Teatro nacional Lima).

In 2016 Vienna Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was invited by the President of Malta for two concerts at Valetta’s Teatru Manoel.

The orchestra played with soloists as Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, Dave Brubeck, Elina Garanca, Paul Gulda, Rainer Küchl, Albena Danailova, Zhu Xiao-Mei.

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Biography Lessky

A biography of conductor Michael Lessky is available for download as PDF and on his web site.

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