MOZART ORCHESTRA was established with the vision to bring the true spirit of the Viennese style of music making to Australian audiences – a tradition that has been passed on through generations of musicians and can be traced beyond Johann Strauss all the way to Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and even Vivaldi.
Wherever possible, Mozart Orchestra performs on the type of instruments common in Viennese orchestras. Together with the appropriate playing styles and techniques, instruments such as Viennese Oboes, Vienna Horns, Clarinets in C and D, Trumpets in F as well as Drums with wooden rims and goat or calf skins are used to produce real Viennese sound.
Himself of an old Viennese family with Australian connections going back to Nellie Melba’s time, and with an inborn love and understanding for this music, Artistic Director Thomas Pinschof has brought together some of Melbourne’s outstanding musicians to share this noble tradition with his Australian friends and audiences.
Thomas Pinschof is proud to be a product of the great Viennese tradition and the culture of being equally partial to the enjoyment of any combination of delicious wine, food, fine arts, architecture, music and dance. Such ‘joie de vivre’ makes him equally passionate about music and the genius of Bach, Johann Strauss, Leonardo da Vinci, a rare bottle of wine or a beautiful Lipizzaner stallion.
His library includes many autographs, first editions and he has direct connections to Austrian archives and musical collections. Thomas’ arrangements and instrumentations, though sometimes unexpected, are always true to the composer’s intentions and stay within the traditions of the period.
Australians are now able to directly benefit from the experience and knowledge gained by his Australia Council sponsored study with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the world renowned expert on historical performance styles.
Mozart Orchestra is proud to be considered “The most Viennese Orchestra outside Vienna”