Grafenegg Festival: Rudolf Buchbinder and Wiener Philharmoniker

Grafenegg, Transfer to Grafenegg from Vienna Musikverein, Ecke Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse

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About the Event

Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Ravel and Sibelius at the remarkable Schloss Grafenegg.

Schloss Grafenegg

For more than 30 years, Schloss Grafenegg has been a setting for events in a truly unique atmosphere. Its cultural programme attracts thousands of visitors every year, and Advent in Grafenegg has become a Lower Austrian institution. Building on this history, the Schloss Grafenegg estate is combined with one of the most ambitious cultural projects in Austria: an open‐air stage and a new concert hall should provide the necessary space for Schloss Grafenegg to establish itself as a unique cultural centre at an international level.

Practical Information

Concert starts at 19:00

For clients who have booked inclusive bus transfer:

Departure Vienna Musikverein, corner Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse: 135 minutes before the concert begins

Return from Grafenegg: approx. 15 minutes after the end of the concert

Journey time approx. 55 min


  • Ravel, Maurice – «Le tombeau de Couperin», Konzert für Klavier und Orchester G‐Dur
  • Sibelius, Jean – Symphonie Nr. 2 D‐dur op. 43
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Salonen, Esa‐Pekka

Esa‐Pekka Salonen (born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki) is a prominent Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. He is currently chief conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the orchestra with which he made his US debut in 1984.

Salonen studied horn, conducting and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His first experience with conducting came in 1979 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, though he still thought of himself principally as a composer. In 1983, however, he undertook a performance of Mahler's third symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London at short notice, and it launched his career as a conductor. He was subsequently principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia from 1985 to 1994.

Principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1985 and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra since 1991, Salonen is renowned for his dedication to performing and recording contemporary music. His 1985 world premiere recording of Witold Lutosławski's Symphony No. 3 won the 1985 Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording.

As is apparent with his interpretations of such avant‐garde works as Jan Sandström's Motorbike Concerto, Esa‐Pekka Salonen voices a distaste for ideological and dogmatic approaches to composition and sees music creation as deeply physical. In the liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon's release of Wing On Wing, he is quoted saying, 'Musical expression is bodily expression, there is no abstract cerebral expression in my opinion. It all comes out of the body.' A recurring theme in his music is the fusion of our relationship between the mechanical and the organic.

Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Soloist Conductor Piano: Buchbinder, Rudolf

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, with five years of age the youngest student ever to be admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule, began his comprehensive musical career as chamber musician. In the meantime, he performed as soloist with all great orchestras and conductors all over the world and is regular guest at the Salzburger Festspiele and all other major festivals.


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