Through the generous offer of the Austrian government, on Monday, 17 September, a Gala Concert will be held at the venue of the first General Conference, the Konzerthaus, at 7.30 in the evening. The festive evening will start with addresses from the Director General, the Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, and the Austrian Federal President. After the concert, participants are invited to a reception at the Konzerthaus.
The Gala Concert will feature the Wiener Symphoniker. Under their conductor, Günter Neuhold, they will perform three pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: piano concert no.22, Es-major, with Gottlieb Wallisch; violin concert no.4, D-major, with Lidia Baich; overture of the opera Don Giovanni.
Günter Neuhold was born in Graz, Austria, in 1947. In 1969 he completed his studies at the Graz Conservatoire with a masters degree. He then followed advanced courses in Rome with Franco Ferrara and in Vienna with Prof. Hans Swarowski. Between 1972 and 1980 he was engaged at various German opera houses, a period he closed as first Kapellmeister in Hannover and Dortmund.
After winning several competitions (Florence 1st prize, 1976; San Remo, "Marinuzzi" 1st prize, 1976; Vienna, "Swarowsky" 2nd prize, 1977; Salzburg, "Böhm" 1st prize, 1977, Milan, "Cantelli" 3rd prize, 1977), he began an international career.
From 1981 to 1986 he was Music Director at the Teatro Regio di Parma, where he devoted most of his time to Verdi operas and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica "Arturo Toscanini". From 1986 to 1990 he was Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen in Antwerp, which achieved an international reputation during this period and toured in Germany, Italy, Great Britain and France. Günter Neuhold was General Music Director at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe from 1989 to 1995. In Karlsruhe he performed a Richard-Strauss-Zyklus and the "Ring des Nibelungen". From 1995 to 2002 he was General Music Director and Artistic Director at the Theater der Freien Hansestadt Bremen. » More
Gottlieb Wallisch is one of the fastest rising representatives of the younger generation of Austrian artists; virtuosity and sovereign individuality are the hallmarks of his playing.
Born in 1978 in Vienna into a family of musicians, Gottlieb received his first piano lessons from his mother at the age of four.
At the age of six and half he began his studies at the Vienna University of Music and Drama; he studied with Heinz Medjimorec and graduated with honours from this University. » Read more
Lidia Baich is regarded to be one of the most extraordinary young violinists of the international concert scene of the day.
She was born in St. Petersburg, her mother from a family of well-known Russian musicians, her father was a cellist from Austria.
Only four years old the little girl insisted on learning the violin. Thus her grandfather, at the time concert master of the Mariinsky Orchestra, had a sixteenth violin custom-built for her and became her first teacher.
She won her first international competition at the age of eight. » Read more
Invited guests can use the underground system from the Austria Centre to the Konzerthaus (line U1 to Schwedenplatz, then line U4 direction Hütteldorf, get off at Stadtpark/Konzerthaus) and are kindly requested to be seated by 7:15 p.m.