Review 2018  

Waith more than 80 world and first performances in 124 concerts at 29 different venues in 10 districts of Vienna, the programme of Wien Modern 2018, under the motto »Security«, could not have been more varied and attracted record audience numbers. In all, the 31st edition of the 34-day festival drew 31,491 visitors, meaning that interest in Wien Modern has nearly tripled over the past three years.

Around 80 world and first performances of works by Louis Aguirre, Oskar Aichinger, Séverine Ballon, Jürgen Berlakovich, Marius S. Binder, Christine Burke, Angélica Castelló, Aureliano Cattaneo, Friedrich Cerha, James Clarke, Alix Eynaudi, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Fischer, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Malte Giesen, Vinko Globokar, Georg Graewe, Georg Friedrich Haas, Boris Hegenbart / David Moss, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Nicolaus A. Huber, IFTAF, Bryan Jacobs, Aaron Jay Kernis, Katharina Klement, Helmut Lachenmann, Herbert Lacina, Bernhard Lang, Seorim Lee, Florijan Lörnitzo, Claudia Märzendorfer, Zahra Mani, Michael Moser / Nik Hummer, Simone Movio, Bertl Mütter, Sarah Nemtsov, Olga Neuwirth, Akira Nishimura, Georg Nussbaumer, Julie Pfleiderer / Oxana Omelchuk / Caroline Daish, Jörg Piringer, Enno Poppe, Julia Purgina, Peter Ruzicka, François Sarhan, James Saunders, Elisabeth Schimana, Iris ter Schiphorst, Wolfram Schurig, Ehsan E. Shanjani, Giovanni Sollima, Timur Stahlie-Sijaric, Johannes Maria Staud, Marco Stroppa, Tugba Uçar, Gergely Vajda, The Vegetable Orchestra, László Vidovszky, Antonius Widmann, Christian Wolff, Zdzislaw Wysocki, Mia Zabelka, Agata Zubel and more.

More than 30 orchestras, choirs and ensembles Airborne Extended, Arditti String Quartet, art ensemble Berlin, Camerata Salzburg, Company of Music, duo-mono-lith, ensemble]h[iatus, ensemble mosaik, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Modern, ensemble sirene, Il Giardino Armonico, Ictus, IFTAF, Klangforum Wien, Koehne Quartet, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, mdw scratch orchestra, Minguet Quartett, möström, Münchner Knabenchor, MUKpercUssion, One.Night.Band, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, PHACE, students of Vienna Music School, of the J. S. Bach Music School Vienna and the VS Herderplatz, Studio Dan, Trio Accanto, The Vegetable Orchestra, Webern Ensemble Wien, Wien Diesel, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and others.

Many soloists and conductors Oskar Aichinger, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Giovanni Antonini, Irvine Arditti, Séverine Ballon, Wolfgang Bankl, Jürgen Berlakovich, Sebastian Berweck, Beyond Trio, Szabolcs Brickner, Markus Butter, Dario Calderone, Sylvain Cambreling, Audrey Chen, Georgette Dee, Harald Demmer, Christian Dierstein, Ilse Eerens, Susanne Elmark, Jury Everhartz, Agustí Fernández, Marino Formenti, Julius Gabriel, Annelie Gahl, Susanna Gartmayer, Georg Graewe, HK Gruber, Daniel Gutmann, Barry Guy, Hans-Jürgen Hauptmann, Nicolas Hodges, Philip Jeck, Netia Jones, Johannes Kalitzke, Salome Kammer, Steve Karier, Otto Katzameier, Martin Kiener, Sophie Kim, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Lehn, Johan Leysen, Han-Gyeol Lie, Brad Lubman, Barbara Lüneburg, Jean-Bernard Matter, Matthias Meinharter, Wolfgang Mitterer, Lars Mlekusch, Michael Moser, Bertl Mütter, Lucas Niggli, Jerôme Noetinger, Nacho de Paz, Jan Petryka, Jörg Piringer, Tilmann Rönnebeck, Peter Ruzicka, Sarah Maria Sun, François Sarhan, Matthäus Schmidlechner, Gunter Schneider, Nurit Stark, Ulrich Troyer, Tamás Varga, Mark Vernon, Marcus Weiss, Tim Schomacker, Ilan Volkov, Anke Vondung, Duncan Ward, Andrew Watts, Martin Winkler, Marta Zapparoli, Agata Zubel, Manuel Zurria and many more.

You can find all past projects of Wien Modern in the archive; you can find photos from recent festivals in the galleries.

We would like to say thank your for the very many extraordinary festival moments, for your interest and we look forward to seeing you again in the autumn of 2019!

Names + Numbers

100 events
24 venues in 12 districts

80 premieres of works by Peter Ablinger, Afamia Al-Dayaa, Lera Auerbach, Pierluigi Billone, Laura Bowler, Gabriel Bramböck, Francis Burt, Santa Bušs, Lang Chen, Yuheng Chen, Jérôme Combier, Ehsan, Katharina Ernst / Martin Siewert / Christian Weber, Dominik Förtsch, Reinhard Fuchs, Beat Furrer, Clemens Gadenstätter, András Gelléri, Elisabeth Harnik, Dietmar Hellmich, Michael Hersch, Katrin Hornek / Judith Unterpertinger, Mirela Ivičević, Michael Jarrell, Reuben Jelleyman, Elias Jurgschat, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Katharina Klement, Hibiki Kojima, Annamaria Kowalsky, Herbert Lacina, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Han-Gyeol Lie, Liquid Penguin, Misato Mochizuki, Marco Momi, Theo Nabicht, Sarah Nemtsov, Sergej Newski, Gérard Pesson, Simeon Pironkoff, Robert Pockfuß, Gabriele Proy, Ari Rabenu, Gerald Resch, Lissie Rettenwander, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Rebecca Saunders, Ingrid Schmoliner, Martin Schüttler, Kurt Schwertsik, Charlotte Seither, Daniel Serrano, Amir Shpilman, Alexander Stankovski, Johannes Maria Staud, Wolfgang Suppan, Germán Toro Pérez, Alessandro Traina, Tuğba Uçar, Juan Uribe, Oliver Uszynski, Brigitte Wilfing, Jaime Wolfson, Joanna Wozny, Kejia Xing, Mia Zabelka

29 Austrian premieres of works by Peter Ablinger, Mark Andre, Kaj Duncan David, Rhodri Davies, Peter Eötvös, Andreas Eduardo Frank, Clara Iannotta, Márton Illés, Kollektiv Mycelium, Anna Korsun, Matthias Kranebitter, Klaus Lang, Isabel Mundry, Phill Niblock, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Zeena Parkins, Alberto Posadas, Rebecca Saunders, Dieter Schnebel, Diana Soh, Johannes Maria Staud, Agata Zubel 

High pressure + Low pressure

Mirela Ivičević © Igor Ripak

Be it this year’s winner of the Erste Bank Composition Prize, Mirela Ivičević, Peter Ablinger’s white and black sonic surfaces or Bernhard Lang’s opera, »Der Reigen«, on the play by Arthur Schnitzler, the dials are often turned all the way up in terms of density, saturation and volume ...

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City + Growth

Katrin Hornek und Judith Unterpertinger © Markus Sepperer

With excursions to Seestadt Aspern and the Sonnwend quarter next to Vienna’s main station, the playing field has been expanded by two fast-growing areas in the Austrian capital ... 

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Dance + Performance

Danza Permanente © Thomas Dunn

With Doris Uhlich, DD Dorvillier, Philippe Riéra, Bojana Kunst, Ula Sickle, Rose Breuss, Brigitte Wilfing and the Mycelium collective, the number of choreographers and performers taking part in the 32th edition of Wien Modern is unusually high ...

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Minimal Night Music

Schtum © Michael Fellner

The Minimal Night Music offers a more recreational hub in the midst of the festival’s theme of growth. Standing in contrast to all the exuberance that surrounds it, this ›little night music‹ offers 10 moments of reduction ...

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Bags


© Sylvia Marz-Wagner

Wien Modern is also available in carbon neutral bag form for just €9.50. Designed by Pentagram Design Berlin and made from bright red environmentally friendly cotton, the printed bags can be purchased at the Ticket- & Service-Center of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Minimal + Reduction

Thomas Stempkowski © Erwin Schober

What constitutes small and what constitutes large is by no means clearly defined: from the opening concert with Peter Ablinger and Clara Iannotta, Wien Modern treads along a path of reduced lines and surfaces ...

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Generations + Diversity

Marin Alsop © Adriane White

Marin Alsop is taking up the baton as the first female chief conductor of an Austrian orchestra. The country’s most senior ensemble, die reihe, is saying farewell. Another ensemble from the pioneering era, Kontrapunkte, is daringly joining forces for the first time with the refreshingly unpredictable Salon Souterrain ...

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Opus Magnum + High-altitude mountains

Frederic Rzewski © MaerzMusik/Camille Blake

What could be a more fitting start to the festival and its theme of growth than a volcanic eruption? The violent outbreak of the Hekla volcano in 1947/1948 has been transformed into one of the loudest pieces of music of all time by Jón Leifs, who witnessed the event ...

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