Suntory Hall hosts concerts of the world-renowned Wiener Philharmoniker in Japan, and regularly produces the master classes by its top players, open rehearsals and programs for young people. 'Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund' was established after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the members of the Philharmoniker continuously visit the affected area.

Regular Japan Tour

Suntory Hall audience has enjoyed the concerts of Wiener Philharmoniker regularly since 1999. The conductors who directed this long-established orchestra in these Japan tours include Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach and Gustavo Dudamel, Franz Welser-Möst.

List of Conductors

1999 Riccardo Muti
2000 Seiji Ozawa
2001 Sir Simon Rattle
2003 Christian Thielemann
2004 Valery Gergiev
2005 Riccardo Muti
2006 Nikolaus Harnoncourt
2008 Riccardo Muti
2009 Zubin Mehta
2010 Andris Nelsons
2010 Franz Welser-Möst
2010 Georges Prêtre
2011 Christoph Eschenbach
2013 Christian Thielemann
2013 Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano & Direction)
2014 Gustavo Dudamel
2015 Christoph Eschenbach
2016 Zubin Mehta
2018 Franz Welser-Möst
2019 Christian Thielemann
2019 Andrés Orozco-Estrada
2020 Valery Gergiev

Master Class by Top Player

The members of the Wiener Philharmoniker have strong sense of duty to transfer their tradition to the next generation, and are active in teaching younger musicians.

List of Instructors

  • 1999 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Violoncello: Franz Bartolomey, Flute: Wolfgang Schulz, Clarinet: Peter Schmidl, Trombone: Rudolf Josel
  • 2000 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Franz Bartolomey (String Quartet), Oboe: Martin Gabriel, Horn: Ronald Janezic
  • 2001 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Walter Barylli (String Quartet), Timpani: Roland Altman
  • 2003 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Contrabass: Herbert Meyer
  • 2004 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Fagot: Michael Werba
  • 2005 Violin: Rainer Küchl, Viola: Tobias Lea
  • 2006 Flute: Dieter Flury
  • 2008 Trombone: Ian Bousfield
  • 2009 Violoncello: Tamás Varga, Violin: Volkhard Steude
  • 2010 Trumpet: Hans Peter Schuh
  • 2011 Flute: Wolfgang Schulz
  • 2013 Violin: Rainer Küchl (String Quartet)
  • 2014 Percussion: Thomas Lechner
  • 2015 Clarinet: Ernst Ottensamer
  • 2016 Harp: Anneleen Lenaerts
  • 2018 Basoon: Harald Müller
  • 2019 Tuba: Paul Halwax
  • 2020 Oboe: Clemens Horak

Open Rehearsal

Audience can find how the world's top orchestra is making its sound through the free open rehearsals of actual concerts.

School Program

This series has been providing the opportunities of touching live classical music to impressionable teen age students, who have few chances to visit concert halls. The Wiener Philharmoniker performs one hour program specially designed for young people.

Lecture and Chamber Music - Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg and his Friends of Wiener Philharmoniker

We have presented series of lectures by Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, who had been the President of the Philharmoniker in 1997-2014, and chamber music concerts by the Philharmoniker members, setting specific theme each year.

List of Themes

  • 1999: Wiener Philharmoniker and Richard Strauss
  • 2003: Bruckner and Wiener Philharmoniker
  • 2004: The Strauss Dynasty and its influence over the 20th century music
  • 2005: Schubertiade
  • 2006: The 50 years history of the Wiener Philharmoniker's Japan tour
  • 2008: Herbert von Karajan and Wiener Philharmoniker, on the 100th anniversary of the Wiener Philharmoniker Society
  • 2009: Homage to Joseph Haydn -- marking the 200th anniversary of his death
  • 2010: The 200th anniversary: Otto Nicolai and Robert Schumann
  • 2011: The 25th anniversary of Suntory Hall and Wiener Philharmoniker
  • 2013: “Beethoven Geiger EIgnaz Schuppanzigh - seine Biography und Tondocument
  • 2014: Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2014 - Lecture and Chamber Music

Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund

Suntory Group and Wiener Philharmoniker established "The Vienna Philharmonic & Suntory Music Aid Fund" in April 2012, following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Its mission is to continuously support the activities that invigorate not only the affected areas but also all of Japan through music.

See the details of the activity