Concilium musicum Wien

Hainburger Straße 26/26
A 1030 Wien

The ensemble Concilium musicum Wien was founded in 1982 by Paul and Christoph Angerer with the aim to perform music of the 18th century in the manner in which it was performed in its time. Over the course of its existence the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded in scope and range, reaching from baroque music to dance music of the 19th century. Rare manuscripts from the archives are made to resound again: works by neglected, and in some cases forgotten composers are performed again and not so well-known works by great classical masters are brought back to light. The ensemble plays on valuable original period instruments.

The Concilium musicum Wien has had successes with concerts throughout most of the world, having performed in large cities and small towns, in fortresses and castles, in cloisters and churches and at international festivals. In the past years the Concilium musicum Wien has performed over 3200 times in over 700 cities: from L’Aquila to Zurich, from Bayeux to Xian. In Vienna the Concilium musicum Wien has performed at over 56 different venues. They have played more than 660 works by 290 different composers, including 140 works by Joseph Haydn, 57 by Johann Michael Haydn and 160 by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.

Productions of special importance and success include the world premiere of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera, „La Corona“, on the occasion of the „International Gluck Congress“ at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace; concerts with „Austrian Church Music“ at the Festivals „Prague Spring“ and the Music Festival Dresden; the performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio „The Seven Last Words of the Redeemer on the Cross“ in a version for chorus and orchestra at the place of its original premiere, Cadiz, Spain; a performance and the first recording of Joseph Haydn’s cantata „Applausus“; the performance of the oratorio „The Prodigal Son“ by Gregor Joseph Werner on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his birth; concert series for the „Jeunesse musicale“ of Vienna at the Wiener Musikverein; concerts at the international Haydn Festival of Eisenstadt; a concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York; a concert tour in China and South East Asia lasting five weeks; concerts in Libya as the first European ensemble which has ever performed there; the CD and TV recording of a Christmas Concert with the Mexican Tenor Ramón Vargas; „Musical Cruises“ on the rivers Danube (Donau), Vlatava (Moldau) and Elbe; concerts at the renowned Mozart Festivals in Würzburg and Chemnitz (Germany); a concert at the Royal Palace in Stockholm; an orchestra concert with „Viennese Dance Music from Haydn to Ziehrer“ at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig; a CD production and orchestra concert with music by the Strauss Family in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein to celebrate the International Philatelist’s Stamp Exhibition 2000 in Vienna and an orchestra concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

The Concilium musicum Wien's repertoire has been documented on numerous CD recordings as well as radio and TV productions. The complete recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s church sonatas won the Mozart Interpretation Prize „Flötenuhr“ which the ensemble was awarded by the Mozart Society and the City of Vienna.



Christoph Angerer

violin, viola, viola d'amore

Born in 1966 in Bonn/Germany, Christoph Angerer is a Viennese with Austrian citizenship and Swiss citizen rights. He studied music at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart and at Vienna’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts, diploma in viola performance in 1988. He also studied music sociology focusing on music history of the 18th century (thesis on “The relevance of ‘minor masters’ in the 18th century”).

In 1982, Christoph and his father Paul Angerer founded the ensemble Concilium musicum Wien in order to perform works on period instruments, having intensively studied the historical way of performing music of the (Viennese) classical and pre-classical periods. Christoph Angerer pursues intensive studies of the use of historical instruments, particularly of the viola d’amore. From 1985 to 1991, he was a regular substitute in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

Christoph Angerer regularly performs in numerous concerts – with Concilium musicum Wien and plenty of other ensembles, and gives solo recitals. His discography includes a large number of radio and TV recordings as well as numerous CDs.

From 1993 to 2012, he lectured viola d’amore at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna and presently still gives master classes in Europe (violin, viola, viola d’amore and performance tradition). From 1999 to 2011, he cooperated with “Yamaha Europe” in different areas.

In 1991, he founded the international music agency “Kultur-Management Wien”.

Peter Frisée

management, harpsichord, organ

studied in Graz and Vienna, diploma with distinction with Roman Summereder, laureate of different competitions. Initiator and artistic director of „Das Orgelfest“ and „Kultur im Prater“. International concerts as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. Radio and CD recordings.


Paul Angerer

1927–2017

After completing his studies at the Vienna University of Music and the Vienna Conservatory (violin, piano and compo­sition), he was active as violinist and violist with various Austrian and Swiss orchestras. Later, from 1952 to 1957 he was principal violist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. From 1956 to 1963 he was chief con­ductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft (Concert House Society), 1964–1966 principal conductor in Bonn,  1966–1972  of  the opera houses in Ulm and Salzburg, 1971–1982 director of the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra. From 1960 to 1990 he was guest conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bolzano e Trento. From 1982 to 1992 he also held a teaching position at the Vienna University of Music.

Since 1947, Paul Angerer has composed stage and orchestral works, oratorios, a musical, a TV‑opera, chamber music for various formations, theatre music for the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, for Vienna’s Burgtheater, and for numerous Austrian and German theatres, as well as for television.

Paul Angerer has been awarded prizes in Geneva, Haarlem and Salzburg, in addition to the Austrian State Award, the Culture Award of the City of Vienna, the Province of Lower Austria's Award, the Province of Lower Austria’s Prize for Mozart Research, the Johann Nestroy Ring from the City of Vienna and the Austrian Order of Honour for Sciences and Arts 1. Class.