Johannes Wildner has been selected as Principal Conductor of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra from 2019

Larsen Strings, maker of high-end strings for musical instruments, has entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, opening the way for engaging Johannes Wildner as Principal Conductor. Mr Wildner will join the orchestra for three years beginning with the 2019–20 season.

The importance of an orchestra’s Principal Conductor is hard to overstate; his long-term musical vision and continuing work with the orchestra are essential for its growth and development. Sponsoring this position, Larsen Strings once more demonstrates its unwavering commitment to the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and to Sønderborg, home to both of them.

Johannes Wildner has often stood on the rostrum of the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, or South Denmark Philharmonic as it styles itself in English, in a collaboration that looks back on more than thirty years of successes; his personality, musical expressiveness, professionalism and devotion to the arts have made something truly special of every episode of their work. When a closer relationship became feasible, it was natural to contact Mr Wildner, because, says Nikolaj Andersen, General Manager of the orchestra, “he has always made a very positive impression, every time he has conducted the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra. And he is a conductor who is always invited back.”

In June 2019, leading up to his officially taking up the baton in Sønderborg, Mo. Wildner will conduct the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 6th Symphony in joint performances in the orchestra’s cities of residence, Sønderborg and Flensburg.

Johannes Wildner, Austrian, studied violin, musicology and conducting with Karl Österreicher, Otmar Suitner and Vladimir Delman in Vienna and Parma. The years he spent as part of both the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera have given his conducting a distinctive stamp.

After working as Principal Conductor with the Košice State Philharmonic, followed by the National Opera Prague, Johannes Wildner was engaged as First Permanent Conductor by the Leipzig Opera before spending ten years as Music Director of the New Philharmonic Westphalia; at the same time, the BBC Concert Orchestra welcomed him to London as their First Guest Conductor. In 2014, he accepted the position of managing director of the Oper Burg Gars festival in Austria, and in the same year he was appointed to a professorship in Conducting at the mdw, Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts.

Laurits Th. Larsen, a former violinist of Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra himself, founded Larsen Strings in 1990, originally producing just one cello string. Today, Larsen Strings is among the world’s foremost makers of strings for violins, violas and celli. On Mr Wildner’s appointment as Principal Conductor, Mr Larsen commented: “The orchestra is, despite being years ago, my old and highly valued workplace. Several former colleagues are among my friends, and it is therefore always a great pleasure to attend concerts and hear how the orchestra has evolved over the years. Having enjoyed playing under Johannes Wildner's baton myself, I confidently expect that his appointment to the position of Principal Conductor will add to the continuing upswing of this orchestra that is so very important to our region.”


Fritz Kreisler violin competition: Johannes Wildner to conduct the finale – Sept. 30th

Johannes Wildner, Austrian conductor, was once again invited to raise the conductor’s baton for the grand finale of the Fritz Kreisler violin competition; at 11 o’clock on September 30th, the three finalists will perform three grand violin concertos, backed by the RSO Vienna. Once the competition, held in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, concludes, the jury will select the winner and runners-up.

Première: Johannes Wildner to conduct “Cavalleria Rusticana”/“I Pagliacci” in Bukarest – from March 31st

Johannes Wildner is taking charge of the musical direction of the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest, production of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” und Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” Ion Caramitru is staging the work. The première will take place on March 31st, with additional performances conducted by Mo Wildner on April 1st and 5th.
A week earlier, on March 23rd, Johannes Wildner The Hof Symphony in a concert under the heading of “Natur.Gewalt” with works by Peter Lawrence and Tan Dun as well as Beethoven’s 6th symphony.

Johannes Wildner is keeping busy: symphonic concert, master class, recording

Following his guest performance conducting the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Haydn, R. Strauss and Beethoven, Johannes Wildner is on the rostrum of the Hof Symphony on February 2nd through 4th. Kronach rewards its visitors not only with impressive late-mediæval fortifications and the most adorable half-timbered “Fachwerk” houses ever but also with a rich and varied programme (Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 9 in E flat major KV 271; Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major op. 90). 
From February 12th through 18th, Mo. Wildner offers a master class in the context of the “International Conducting Masterclasses Berlin”. The following week will see (and hear) him do the fourth recording in Dutton records’ series on Braunfels’s works, with Mr. Wildner conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra.

50 Years Euroradio: Johannes Wildner conducts an anniversary concert in London – Nov. 27th

For fifty years now, Euroradio has served to continually further the sharing and exchanging of music within the European Broadcasting Union. To mark this momentous occasion, Johannes Wildner returns to the rostrum of the BBC Concert Orchestra to conduct works by Dobrinka Tabakova, Britten, Mozart and Beethoven. The concert will take place on November 27th at St. Luke’s, and the radio stations forming the EBU will broadcast the event live.



26 December 2018 - 15 January 2019

Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra

Asia tour (China, Japan, Taiwan)
works by the Strauss family


25 and 26 January 2019

Laxenburger Schlosskonzerte



29 March 2019, 19:30

Freiheitshalle Hof, Festsaal
Hofer Symphoniker

N. W. Gade: In the Highlands op. 7

W.A. Mozart: Concerto for horn and orchestra no. 4 e flat major K 495 (Marc Gruber, Horn)
C. Nielsen: Symphony no. 6 Sinfonia semplice


5/6/7 April 2019, 19:30
Kronach - Kreiskulturraum, Hofer Symphoniker

Glasunow, Alexander : Winter from "The Seasons", op. 67 
Glasunow, Alexander : Spring, op. 34 
Hummel, J. N. : Concerto for Trumpet and orchestra e flat major
Haydn, Josef : Concerto for Trumpet and orchestra e flat major
Haydn, Josef : Symphony no. 82 C-major


22 May 2019, 19:00

Deutsches Haus, Flensburg

Sønderjyllands symphony orchestra with the

Schleswig-Holsteinischen symphony orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no. 6


23 May 2019, 19:00 

Concert hall in  Alsion, Sonderborg

Sønderjyllands symphony orchestra with the 
Schleswig-Holsteinischen symphony orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no. 6


18. Juli 2019, 20.00

Oper Burg Gars - Premiere

L.V. Beethoven: Fidelio
further performances

20, 23, 25, 27 July 2019
1, 3, 6, 8 10 August 2019