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Vienna Brass Connection

Brass-Ensemble


Vienna Brass Connection.
[viˈenə] [brɑ:s] [kəˈnekʃən].

Packed with power, with the focus onto the only thing that matters: the moment. Here and now.
Seventeen brass players and three percussionists from Austria came together in Vienna to create an ensemble: the Vienna Brass Connection. Not even the fact that they all hold positions in leading orchestras in Austria and Germany (Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, ORF Radio Sinfonieorchester, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln) has stopped them from forming an ensemble whose goal it is to captivate and thrill the audience.


the music
The repertoire of the Vienna Brass Connection is very versatile. One thing is quite clear: a highlight chasing the next. The film music, which is played by the Vienna Brass Connection, makes you wonder what was there first: the music or the film?
The Vienna Brass Connection plays specially selected music that reflects the whole spectrum of life: sometimes loud, sometimes quite, funny and sad, with all the ups and downs. This ensemble brings the music to the people. And in this way the people to the music.

the musicians


|| THE CONDUCTOR ||

// Johannes Kafka | *1984 | bassoon studies at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz, studies with focus on choral and orchestral conducting | played in many renowned orchestras (Brucknerorchester Linz, Wiener Philharmoniker) | since 2010: engagement at the stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper //

|| TRUMPET ||

// Thomas Bachmair | *1985 | studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | 2008: fixed-term contract at Brucknerorchester Linz | substitute player with various renowned orchestras (Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker) | since september 2010: engagement with the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich //

// Gerhard Berndl | *1981 in Steyr | studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | substitute player with various renowned orchestras (Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Wiener Volksoper, Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Wiener Kammerphilharmonie) | member of the ensemble Samma4 and the band MaChlast | since 2003: engagement with the stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper //


// Martin Griebl | *1987 | studied at Mozarteum Salzburg | played with many different ensembles and as a substitute player with various renowned orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Oper Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, RadioSymphonieorchester Wien,  Volksoper Wien, RSB Berlin, Concentus Musicus Wien) | 2012: orchestra academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker | 2012: fixed-term contract as principal trumpet at Deutsche Oper Berlin | 2013-2014: principal trumpet of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester | since 2015: principal trumpet of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln //

 // Christian Hollensteiner | *1985 | studied at Konservatorium Graz and Musikuniversität Graz | substitut player at many renowned orchestras | 2008: winner of the solo competition Intermusica | since 2006: principal trumpet of the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien //

// Johannes Moritz | *1987 | studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played with many renowned orchestras as a substitute player (Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker) | since 2008: principal trumpet of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg //

// Michael Schwaighofer | *1983 | studied at Mozarteum Salzburg | winner of national and international competitions as a soloist and chamber musician | plays as a substitute with many renowned orchestras and ensembles (Pro Brass) | member of the band MaChlast | since 2008: principal trumpet of the Volksoper Wien //

|| VIENNA HORN ||

// Peter Dorfmayr | *1989 | studied at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and master studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played with many renownded orchestras as a substitute player (Wiener Philharmoniker, Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico) | 2010-2013: 1st/3rd horn of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg | 2013/14: engagement at the stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper  | 2014-2016: principal horn of the Volksoper Wien | since 2016: principal horn of the Wiener Symphoniker //

// Manuel Egger | *1990 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Kammerorchester, Camerata Salzburg) | 2009-2011: orchestra academy of the Wiener Philharmoniker in Salzburg //

// Manuel Huber | *1988 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität | international tours (also as soloist) | 2007: engagement at the stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper | 2008-2014: 4th horn of the Wiener Staatsopernorchester and of the Wiener Philharmoniker | since 2014: principal horn of the Wiener Staatsopernorchester and of the Wiener Philharmoniker //

// Klaus Leherbauer | *1990 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Wien and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Tonkünstlerochester Niederösterreich, stage orchestra at the Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Symphoniker, ...) | 2013: fixed-term contract as principal horn at  the Wiener Volksoper //

|| TROMBONE / EUPHONIUM ||

// Stefan Obmann | *1988 | studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | 2006: winner of the Anton Bruckner competition of the Wiener Symphoniker | plays and worked as a substitute with many renowned orchestras (Wiener Kammerorchester, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Wiener Volks- und Staatsoper, Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Wiener Philharmoniker) | fixed-term contracts at the Oper Frankfurt, at the Wiener Volksoper, with the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and at the Wiener Staatsoper (stage orchestra) | member of the trombone quartet Trombone Attraction //

// Christian Poitinger | *1987 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and at the Kunstuniversität Graz/Oberschützen | 2006: winner of the Anton Bruckner competition of the Wiener Symphoniker | 2009: winner of the international Edward Kleinhammer Basstrombone Competition | plays regularly with renowned orchestras (Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich) | since 2007: bass trombone at the Wiener Volksoper | member of the trombone quartet Trombone Attraction //

// Martin Riener || *1987 | studied at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | plays regulary with renowned orchestras (Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concentus Musicus Wien) | 2007-2010: trombone at the Wiener Volksoper | 2011: winner oft the competition Gradus ad Parnassum | since 2016: Wiener Symphoniker | member of the trombone quartet Trombone Attraction //

// Raphael Stieger | *1984 | studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played with many renowned orchestras (Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Volks- und Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker) | member of the trombone quartet Trombone Attraction //

// Christian Winter | *1988 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz | substitute player in many renowned orchestras (Brucknerorchester Linz, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker) | since 2012: principal trombone of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg //

|| TUBA ||

// Christoph Gigler | *1983 | studied at Johann-Fux-Konservatorium in Graz and at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz | 2005-2007: academy-contract with the Münchner Philharmoniker | since 2008: engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper and with the Wiener Philharmoniker //

// Markus Nimmervoll | *1987 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz | 2010: winner of the Anton Bruckner competition of the Wiener Symphoniker | played as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Duisburger Philharmoniker, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Münchner Symphoniker, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Bruckner Orchester Linz) | academy-contracts with the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Berliner Philharmoniker | since 2013: engagement with the Kärntner Symphonieorchester //

|| PERCUSSION ||

 // Georg Hasibeder | *1986 | studied at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | played as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Cleveland Orchestra, RadioSymphonieorchester Wien, Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Staatsoper) | activities in ensembles of various genres (Vienna Horns, Perutz Trio) | since 2017: percussionist with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien //

// Leonhard Königseder | *1986 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität | plays as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz) | since 2010: principal percussionist and assistant principal timpani of the Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester //

// Patrick Prammer | *1987 | studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität | fixed-term contracts at the Wiener Volksoper and with the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich | played as substitute with many renowned orchestras (Wiener Staatsoper, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Cleveland Orchestra, Grazer Philharmonischen Orchester) | percussionist of the Vienna Horns | activities with the ensembles die reihe and Kontrapunkte | since 2011: principal percussionist and deputy principal timpani with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien //

Discography

  • Take One 

    "Take One", the ensemble's first CD recording, features mostly film music and makes you wonder what was there first: the music or the film? The Vienna Brass Connection's rendition of the music is fascinating and enthralling and performed with a virtuosity that leaves you breathless, gives you goose bumps and makes you feel as if you were sitting in the middle of a cinema.
    Their film music doesn't even seem to need a film to portray breathtaking action scenes, schmaltzy love scenes, hot erotic scenes, terrifying horror scenes, very realistic special effects and daring stunts. It conjures up wonderful images; crystal clear and in 3D. 

  • open minded {adj} 

    Unprejudiced, unbiased, and open to new things - that is what the Vienna Brass Connection’s musicians strive to be.
    And it shows in their music and in their attitude towards life. It is a way of thinking which draws people closer together and helps overcome barriers of any shape and size - particularly since most of these barriers only exist in our heads. Try it too and see what happens! Especially now! Be open minded!