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The Isar Philharmonie plays in the IsarphilharmonieWolfram Graul (conductor), Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Black wooden wall of Isarphilharmonie, empty orchestra seating on stage
Copyright: HG Esch/Gasteig

Since 2021, the symphony orchestra Isar Philharmonie München shares its long-standing name with the new Isarphilharmonie concert hall in the Gasteig HP8. The orchestra is founded on the idea of bringing accomplished instrumentalists together with professional musicians from Munich’s major orchestras to rehearse and perform together with them.

Since 2021, the symphony orchestra Isar Philharmonie München shares its long-standing name with the new Isarphilharmonie concert hall in the Gasteig HP8. The orchestra is founded on the idea of bringing accomplished instrumentalists together with professional musicians from Munich’s major orchestras to rehearse and perform together with them.

  • Gerhard Oppitz, piano
  • Wolfram Graul, conductor

As its founder and conductor, Wolfram Graul is the heart of the orchestra. Both at Bayerischer Rundfunk, where he is long-time head sound engineer, and in freelance projects, he has worked with the broadcaster’s own ensembles as well as internationally renowned orchestras, soloists and conductors. He won a Grammy as producer of the opera recording “Jenufa” by Janáček with Bernhard Haitink and the Royal Opera House in London.

 

Wolfram Graul has a long-standing musical friendship with the pianist Gerhard Oppitz. In 1977, Oppitz won first prize at the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Israel. This event marked the beginning of a worldwide concert career with recitals in the major music venues of Europe, America and East Asia as well as collaborations with acclaimed conductors and orchestras. Gerhard Oppitz’s career is characterised by his interest in performing complete cycles of works for solo piano, especially the works of Johannes Brahms, of whom he is considered the leading interpreter.

 

On 21 March 2023, the Isar Philharmonie München orchestra will play for the first time in the Isarphilharmonie. With this premiere, Wolfram Graul bows out as the orchestra’s conductor and says goodbye to the friends and companions of Munich’s great orchestras.

Programme

  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major, Op 83
  • Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64