Wolfgang Göllner

The Vienna-born violinist began playing the violin at the age of 4.


Concert subject at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London
4 years of study with Prof. Alfred Staar
Göllner is a multiple prize winner of worldwide competitions and has recorded 20 CDs as a soloist and chamber musician since 1989.
Göllner worked for 10 years in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera/Vienna Philharmonic


„Who is Who“, “Festspiele” 1996, “Music in Europe” 1997/98, “Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde” 03/1997, “Begegnung“ 07/1997, “Music Manual“ 01/1998, “The Strad-Magazine” 06/2002

As a soloist, Göllner made his debut twice in 1997 at the Großer Wiener Musikverein and once at the Vienna’s Brahmssaal, and in 1998 he opened the newly renovated Schubert Hall at the Vienna Konzerthaus with a sonata recital.

He has performed with orchestras such as the “Vienna Festival Symphony Orchestra”, the “Heidelberger Kammerorchester”, the “National Philharmonie Kosice”, the “Wiener Mozart Akademie” under Lord Menuhin, the “Bundesländer Philharmonie”, the “Philharmonie Westfalen” under Johannes Wildner, the “Konzertvereinigung der Wiener Volksoper” (Klangbogen 1998), the “Kärntner Symphonie Orchester” and the “Philharmonie Györ”.
As a stand-up violinist, Göllner regularly conducted the “Johann Strauss Chamber Orchestra Vienna”, the “National Chamber Orchestra Moldava”, the “Strauss Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra” and the “Philharmonie Thessaloniki” – to name but a few.

As a Concertmaster

– 2000 to 2005: 1. Concertmaster at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the KSO (Carinthian Symphony Orchestra)
– 2004:1. concertmaster at the Staatstheater Mainz

Guest concertmaster at the

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Residenz Orchester Den Haag,Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Chamber Opera Vienna, Recreation Großes Orchester Graz, Grazer Symphoniker, Filarmonica di Marchigiana Ancona, Wiener Residenzorchester, Wiener Imperial Orchester, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Wiener Mozart Akademie

As a chamber musician

Göllner has performed with artists such as Ernst Kovacic, Jörg Demus, Heinrich Schiff, Isabelle van Keulen, Thomas Zehetmair and the Borodin Quartet to name but a few. Göllner was a several time guest at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and performed all Mozart string quartets chronologically as part of the “Klangbogen Wien”.

As first violinist he was for many years a member of the “Haydn Quartet Eisenstadt”, the “Wiener Solisten Quartet” and until 2022 the “WESPA Quartet”.

As a lecture, Göllner taught the “Junge Philharmonie Wien”, the orchestra of the “Gustav Mahler Private University”, the “Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra” and the “Esterházy Academy”.


Wolfgang Göllner

Johannes Wildner

Johannes Wildner studied conducting, violin and musicology in Vienna and in Italy and is today one of the leading Austrian conductors of his generation. His time as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra had a lasting influence on his conducting style and music-making.

After positions as Principal Conductor of the Prague State Opera and as Principal Permanent Conductor of the Leipzig Opera, Johannes Wildner was General Music Director of the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (Recklinghausen, Germany), which is also the opera orchestra of the theatre in Gelsenkirchen, from 1997-2007. From 2010-2014 Johannes Wildner was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Since 2014 he has been artistic director of the opera festival Oper Burg Gars and university professor for conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2019/2020 Johannes Wildner has also been principal conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra in Sønderborg (DK).

He is a regular on the podium of major opera houses such as the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Arena di Verona, the Leipzig Opera, the Graz Opera, the Salzburg Landestheater and the Prague and Zagreb State Operas. He conducts major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Palermo), the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the China and Hong Kong Philharmonics or the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Johannes Wildner has recorded more than 100 CDs, DVDs and videos, including the complete recordings of "Die Fledermaus", live recordings of "Carmen", "Nozze di Figaro" and "Così fan tutte", as well as the 3rd and 9th symphonies by Anton Bruckner. Symphonies by Anton Bruckner, the complete works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumann with pianist Lev Vinocour, Beethoven's Violin Concerto (soloist: Alexandre Da Costa) and 7th Symphony with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, as well as works by forgotten composers such as d'Erlanger and Braunfels with the BBC Concert Orchestra.


Johannes Wildner

Reinhold Rieger

Reinhold Rieger was born in the Black Forest/Germany and grew up in Cologne.

He studied viola in Cologne and Brussels with Corneel Gérard Ruymen and then at the University of Music in Vienna with Siegfried Führlinger. He graduated with a concert diploma and Magister artium.

His professional career took him to almost all Viennese orchestras. Since 1990 he has led a viola class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His versatility is evident, among other things, in his literary activities with the publication of "Norbert Brainin - Vom Geist der Musik - Ein Leben im Amadeus Quartett", as a recording supervisor for CD productions and as a cultural advisor to the EU.

Reinhold Rieger has received numerous awards and honours, including the Knight's Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Knighthood of the Spanish King Juan Carlo I.


Reinhold Rieger

Hannes Gradwohl

A native of the city of Eisenstadt cellist Hannes Gradwohl received his education at the Haydn Conservatory Eisenstadt, at the Vienna University of Music and at the Scuola International Duino (Italy).

He has won in national and international competitions and has been awarded the Culture Prize of the city of Eisenstadt, the Culture Prize of the Province of Burgenland, the Culture Prize "Viennese Musical Clock"Culture Prize of the Mozart Society of Vienna and an honorary diploma from the Academy of Music "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" in Siena.

From 1992 to 2010 he was a cellist in the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt founded by Harald Kosik, Bernd Gradwohl and Hannes Gradwohl.The ensemble has received instruction in the chamber music class of the Vienna Academy of Music and participated in master classes given by the Trio di Trieste. In 1994, the renowned Accademia Chigiana in Siena bestowed on the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt the Honorary Diploma for “best piano trio” and an award for “the best foreign contribution” of the entire festival. This distinction led to their being admitted to the Scuola Internazionale di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste which the ensemble attended for two years. Since 1995 the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt has presented the exclusive concert cycle named “The Piano Trio” at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt held at the Haydn Hall at the Esterhazy Castle. The cycle features all 39 piano trios by Joseph Haydn as well as principal works of the piano trio literature.In the Haydn-Year 2009, the bicentenary of Joseph Haydn´s death, the Ensemble toured around the globe as musical ambassadors of Joseph Haydn´s home region and performed 158 concerts all over the world. From 2011 on he has been a member of the Haydn Piano Trio.

Concerts have taken him throughout Europe, to the USA, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The complete recordings of all trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert were made with the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. Hannes Gradwohl gave master classes at various universities (including Los Angeles, Montreal, Moscow, Kiev, Brasilia, Seoul).


Hannes Gradwohl