Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic

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For more than fifteen years, the Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic has fostered highly talented young orchestral players from all over the world. The orchestra’s working period takes place in parallel with the Salzburg Festival. One important goal of the Summer Academy is to give young musicians insights into the traditions of orchestral playing maintained specifically by the Vienna Philharmonic. Therefore, the repertoire has a strong focus on music composed in Vienna, especially works of the First Viennese School. All instrumental sections are coached exclusively by members of the Vienna Philharmonic. The Summer Academy’s mission also encompasses encouragement and tuition for musicians practicing specific Viennese instruments, i.e. the Viennese oboe, horn and timpani. The Summer Academy is funded by the Angelika Prokopp Private Foundation, founded in 1999, whose mission is to support the arts and culture, in memory of the long-time director of the “Prokopp Lottery” which is very popular in Austria.

August 20, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Sebastian Weigle

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The conductor Sebastian Weigle hardly needs an introduction in Berlin. After studies at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy, the native Berliner began his musical career at the State Opera Unter den Linden, where he was appointed principal horn player at the age of 21. He became a conductor and First Kapellmeister at the State Opera Unter den Linden in 1994. Recently, Weigle conducted the new production of Piotr I. Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin this spring. Before that, he spent more than 15 years, through the end of the 2022/23 season, as general music director at the Frankfurt Opera, where he conducted a complete Ring cycle and numerous other productions. In 2000, Weigle made his debut at the Met in New York; from 2007 to 2011, he conducted the Meistersinger production at the Bayreuth Festival. Since 2019, he has been chief conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Numerous productions of the Frankfurt Opera conducted by Weigle, such as Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen, Rienzi and Die Feen and Aribert Reimann’s Lear, appeared on CD, as did a major part of Richard Strauss’ orchestral works.


Julia Hagen

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A native of Salzburg, Julia Hagen began playing cello at the age of five, studying with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna from 2013 onwards and later with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts. As a fellow of the Kronberg Academy, she also studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt through 2022. She has appeared as a soloist with many renowned European orchestras; this season, she gave her debut at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada and with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Paul McCreesh. Another debut took place in form of a concert tour in Switzerland with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under its designated chief conductor Petr Popelka. Julia Hagen’s chamber music partners include the violinist Renaud Capuçon and the pianist Igor Levit. In June 2023, she received the Beethoven Ring 2022 for promising young artist personalities at the Beethoven House in Bonn from the organization “Citizens for Beethoven”. Julia Hagen plays an instrument built by Francesco Ruggieri in Cremona in 1684.



Symphony No. 1 in D-major Op. 25 “Symphonie classique” (1916-1917)


Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A-minor Op. 129 (1850)


Symphony No. 4 in A-major Op. 90 “Italian” (1833)

About the concert

A musical great tradition can and should be passed on: two years ago, the Young Euro Classic audience already had a chance to verify that this mission of the Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic is clearly being accomplished. The young musicians from many different countries receive intensive coaching from the Vienna Philharmonic’s members during the Salzburg Festival – and the orchestra’s own core repertoire is the focus of attention here too. The programme led by Berlin’s own Sebastian Weigle this year at the Konzerthaus can definitely be labelled “classical”: it begins with the wittily elegant Symphonie classique by Sergei Prokofiev, in which the great model of Joseph Haydn shines through in every measure. The major symphonic work is Felix Mendelssohn’s energetic A-major Symphony, the “Italian”. And in Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto, also part of the “classical” canon, Julia Hagen, a native of Salzburg, combines grand emotions with virtuosic dexterity.

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