Dieter Flury - Principal Flute, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Dieter FluryDieter 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.

Dietmar Kueblboeck - 1st Trombone, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Dietmar KueblboeckDietmar 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.

Tamás Varga - Principal Cellist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Tamás VargaTamás 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.