Dieter Flury was born and brought up in Zurich, Switzerland and studied with Hans Meyer (Principal Flute of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich), André Jaunet (at the Zurich Music Academy) and Aurèle Nicolet. In addition to his flute studies he graduated in mathematics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. At age 25 he was appointed a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and in 1981 he was named Principal Flute of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 2005-14 he was also the Artistic director and General Manager of Vienna Philharmonic.
In demand as a teacher Mr.Flury is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria where he has been teaching since 1996. His numerous recordings have featured a wide range of composers from Baroque to contemporary.
Dieter Flury has performed as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphonic, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and others in collaboration with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington and Edmond de Stoutz. He worked with composers including Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, György Ligeti, René Staar, Salvatore Sciarrino, Herbert Willi and Hans Zender. Mr.Flury is playing a handmade 14k golden flute by Yamaha.
Rainer Honeck, VPO concertmaster, began learning violin at the age of seven. He joined the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a first violinist in 1981 at age 20, advancing to the position of concertmaster in the Opera at the age of 23 and to that of concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992 at 31.
While his work with the orchestra remains central to his musical life, Rainer Honeck is a renowned soloist, with concert appearances in Austria, Europe, Japan and America. Personal highlights were solo performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. He has well documented radio, television and CD credits as a chamber musician. He plays the “Chaconne” Stradivarius violin (1725); on loan from the Austrian National Bank.
Dietmar Kueblboeck was born on June 8, 1963 in Linz, and began his study of the trombone in 1977 under his father, Horst Kueblboeck, at the Vienna Conservatory. It was a mere four years later when he received his first engagement in the philharmonic orchestra in the city of Graz. After only one season in Graz he was hired as first trombonist with the Vienna Symphony in 1982. In the midst of a successful 17-year career with that orchestra, he submitted himself to a new challenge by auditioning for the vacant position of first trombonist with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. After winning this audition in a most convincing manner, he took up his new position with the Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on February 1, 1999.
Dietmar Kueblboeck is an active soloist and chamber musician in addition to his orchestral duties. He has appeared as soloist in Vienna, New York, St. Petersburg, Odessa and Taipei, and performs with such prominent ensembles as the Concentus Musicus, Clemencic Consort, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble of the 20th Century, Ensemble Modern, and the Vienna Trombone Quartet, playing contemporary chamber music as well as baroque and renaissance music on period instruments. For years Dietmar Kueblboeck has also been active as a trombone instructor, from 1989-1992 in the pedagogy department of the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and from 1997-2002 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. In July of 2002, he assumed the position of Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Daniel Ottensamer, comes from a musical family "par excellence". His father, Ernst, was a member of the orchestra from 1978 until his sudden death in 2017; his mother, Cecilia, is a distinguished cello instructor; and his brother, Andreas, is a clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Daniel Ottensamer began taking piano at the age of 6, and took up the cello at 8.
He eventually changed to the clarinet, and after graduating from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and in 2009, at the age of 23, became First Clarinetist with the Vienna State Opera and three years later joined the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Before joining the Vienna State Opera, he had attained considerable success by winning several prizes at various international clarinet competitions.
These include the Grand Scholarship Competition of the Munich Concert Society in 2005; the Animato Foundation in Zurich in 2006; and the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in 2009. He is regularly invited to perform with leading orchestras and conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel and Adam Fischer. He is member of ‘Philharmonix’, a group of seven members of Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, playing a mix of Classic, Jazz, Gypsy Folk Music and other genres.
Hans Peter Schuh majored in the trumpet at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. He has played with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera since 1978 and he has been the First Trumpeter since 1993. He is committed to developing the next generation of musicians as a Professor at the Music School Graz, Expositur Oberschutzen. He is a passionate chamber musician, playing in the Hofburgkapelle, Ensemble 11, the Vienna Trumpeter Choir and Ensemble Trumpet & Strings Vienna.
Tamás Varga was born in 1969 in Budapest where at the age of seven he began his training, which was concluded with distinction at the Franz Liszt Academy. His teachers included László Mező, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág. He received additional artistic motivation in master classes held by Miklós Perényi, Menahem Pressler and Uzi Wiesel, with whom he studied on a scholarship to the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv. After having won the Hungarian national competition for the second time in 1987, he established himself as one of the most sought after soloists in Hungary. He joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in 1998 and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001.
Tamás Varga is principal cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. The regular solo appearances he makes with this orchestra are counted among the highlights of his career. Numerous solo and chamber music concerts take him to nearly every country in Europe, as well as to Canada, South Africa and Japan.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Tamás Varga is a member of the Wiener Philharmonia Trio and the Vienna Chamber Ensemble, making regular guest appearances with them in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Salzburg Festivals and other such important European Festivals. A concert he initiated, "Remembering Piatigorsky", which commemorated the 100th birthday of the famous cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky, received highly favourable media attention.
Likewise, his cycle "Dvořák and the New World" for the Vienna Festival in 2004, along with recitals and chamber music concerts at important festivals such as the Budapest Spring or the Rheingau Music Festival document his high profile on the chamber music scene.
Tamás Varga places great emphasis on passing on his experience to younger musicians. He has given instruction for years at the International Orchestra Institute in Attergau and has held master classes in Pretoria, South Africa; at the Bruckner University in Linz; at the Franz Liszt Academy for Music in Budapest; and in Kusatsu, Japan, as well as part of the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano and Potenza, Italy.
Tamás Vargas has recorded all of the Cello Suites of J.S. Bach and the two sonatas for Cello and Piano of Brahms, as well as other compositions.