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Vienna Court Ensemble

Vienna Court Ensemble

The Wiener Hofmusikkapelle is one of the most important cultural institutions in Austria and one of the oldest musical institutions in Europe. Their beginnings cannot be clearly established due to the paucity of source material available. In any case, a court chapel existed during the reign of Habsburg Albrecht I (1283-1308). On July 7, 1498, Emperor Maximilian I issued an order to reorganize the court orchestra. This date is considered the birth hour of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle and the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Today, the Hofmusikkapelle, whose mission was previously to organize sacred and secular festivals, focuses on church music with a particular focus on Austrian composers.

Important musicians such as Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofheimer, Johann Joseph Fuchs, Antonio Salieri, Joseph von Epler, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner were members of the court band. In recent decades its profile has been shaped significantly by leading figures such as Clemens Krauss, Josef Krebs, Ferdinand Grossmann, Hans Gelsberger and Riccardo Muti, who is the first honorary member of the Vienna Court Musical Orchestra.

The Wiener Hofmusikkapelle collection consists of:

  • Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Members of the Men’s Choir at the Vienna State Opera
  • Vienna Boys Choir
  • The choir school of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle

Hofmusikkapelle is a department of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sport.

Director: Mag. Jurgen Partage
Dean of the Hofburg Church: MMag. East Germany. Peter Shipka


Vienna Court Ensemble
Hofburg Schweizerhof
1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 1533 99-27
Fax: +43 1533 99-2775
Email: [email protected]