Members of the Vienna State Opera Woodwind Quintet came together performing with the specific instruments Viennese oboe, Viennese horn and Austrian clarinet, to create the typical style of the Viennese sound. Because of the near cooperation between the Stage orchestra and State Opera Orchestra the musicians are playing regularly with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The concert is supported by the Austrian Embassy in the UAE and the Austrian Business Council
Vienna State Opera Woodwind Quintet
Wolfgang Zuser – flute, was born in Graz. He received his first flute lessons at the age of ten – six years later he began his studies at the University of Music in Graz, where he studied with Gottfried Hechtl. He repeatedly won awards in prestigious flute competitions and appeared on the Austrian television as a soloist. In 1990 he commenced his studies with Wolfgang Schulz at the University of Music in Vienna. During this time he received a special prize from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Lwow and the Viennese Operaball Orchestra in Europe and Japan. He frequently plays and records CDs with “Klangforum Wien” as guest flutist. Wolfgang Zuser is founder of the “Ensemble Vienna mobile” and member of the “Wiener Mozart Akademie“. As soloist he appears all over Europe and Japan (Opera City Hall). Since 1994, he is member of the Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and regularly plays with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – tours, broadcastings, recordings, TV with famous conductors like Franz Welser-Möst, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir George Solti and others.
Julia Zulus – oboe, native of Vienna, Julia Zulus started her musical education with piano lessons, but discovered her fascination for oboe at the age of 14 years. She was a prize winner already before finishing high school and shortly after she continued studying at the University for Music in Vienna. – Later she studied in France (Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon with Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jerome Guichard) where she could deepen her studies and received a scholarship of the Tokyo Foundation. She played in different orchestras – Vienna State Opera, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchestra N.Ö., Vienna Volksoper and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. – A further priority of her concert activity became the devotion to chamber music and she founded 2011 the “Webern Wind Quintet”, with which she performed in New York, Ottawa, Budapest, Teheran, in Suntory Hall Japan and Wiener Musikverein. In February 2013 she was awarded two prizes with this formation at the International Henry Tomasi competition in Marseille. Since 2014 Julia Zulus is member of the Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.
Stefan Neubauer – clarinet, started his higher artistic education at the Bruckner Conservatory Linz with Karl Maria Kubizek. Subsequently he moved to Vienna to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Peter Schmidl and Johann Hindler, graduating with distinction. To further advance his playing he attended master classes with Alfred Prinz and Howard Klug. He gained experience in various orchestras such as Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, PMF Orchestra in Japan, Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, ORF Radio Sinfonie Orchester and Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich. – Since a long time contemporary music has been one of Stefan Neubauer’s passions which led to cooperations as a soloist as well as an ensemble player (Ensemble Wiener Collage, Ensemble des 20. Jahrhunderts, “die reihe” and Klangforum Wien. Various CD recordings, premieres and dedications prove his ambition in this genre. Since 2000 has been member of the Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and additionally he is guest clarinetist to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Armin Berger – horn, born in Vienna, started his musical education at the age of 5 years with percussion and piano, with 12 years he had horn lessons and later studied with Thomas Jöbstl at the University for Music in Vienna. – He gained first experiences in orchestra with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and became scholarship holder of the Orchestra Academy Ossiach. In 2011 and 2013 he played at the Salzburg Festival at the “Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy” of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Armin Berger already played in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra N.Ö., with the Vienna Virtuosi, in the Vienna Volksoper, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He is member of the Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.
Johannes Kafka – bassoon, began his musical studies in his hometown Freistadt (Upperaustria) in the disciplines bassoon, piano and recorder. After some years he continued his education at Anton Bruckner Private University Linz with Prof. Alexander Varga and finished 2008 as “Bachelor of Arts” with honors. Subsequently he worked with Prof. Stepan Turnovsky at the Vienna University for Music. He finished studies for choral conducting and orchestra conducting at the Anton Bruckner University Linz. He is multiple prize winner for his instrument and for chamber music of wind instruments. During his studies he was a member of the Viennese Jeunesse Orchestra. He completed his education in master classes with Milan Turkovic and Ole Kristian Dahl. Since 2010 he is member of the State Opera Stage Orchestra. Already during his period of studies in Linz he substituted in different orchestras (Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie, Johann Strauss Ensemble Linz, Westsächsisches Sinfonie Orchester. Since his engagement at the Vienna State opera he regularly is asked to play with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
His particular emphasis straightens up to chamber music – regularly he is invited to renowned Festivals like Salzburg Festival and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Besides his main professional activity Johannes Kafka deals with leading choirs and ensembles – he is the artistic director and conductor of the young Viennese ensemble “Vienna Brass Connection”.
Vienna State Opera Woodwind Quintet
Jaques Ibert (1890-1962):
Trois pièces brèves
Allegro – Andante – Assez lent
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006):
Three Shanties for Wind Quintet, op.4
Allegro con brio – Allegretto semplice – Allegro vivace
George Gershwin (1898-1937):
„Rhapsodie in Blue“
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Hungarian Dances Nr. 6 & 5
Denes Agay (1911-2007):
Five Easy Dances:
Johann Strauß Sohn (1825-1899):
Perpetuum mobile, Musikalischer Scherz, Op.257
Ägyptischer Marsch, Op.335
Vergnügungszug, Polka schnell Op.281
Leichtes Blut, Polka schnell Op.319
Wolfgang Zuser, Flute
Julia Zulus, Oboe
Stefan Neubauer, Clarinet
Armin Berger, Horn
Johannes Kafka, Bassoon