Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra


Active: 1987
In 1987, this orchestra was founded by Adam Fischer in the Haydnsaal (Haydn Hall) of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria (near Vienna), the place where this seminal genius of the Classical era lived and worked. As evidenced by its name, the ensemble is primarily dedicated to the performance of the works of Franz Josef Haydn, and is made up of fine musicians from Austria and Hungary, including players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra has undertaken ambitious projects, such as the recording of the entire cycle of Haydn's symphonies, which it completed in 2001. This resident orchestra participates in the annual Haydn Festival and has also appeared in the BBC Proms in London, Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and the Mozart Week in Salzburg. They have also toured Asia, appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, and other major cities. Among guest conductors who have led the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra have been Manfred Honeck, Helmuth Rilling, Bruno Weil, Richard Hickox, and Trevor Pinnock.