Dr. Michael Häupl
Former Mayor and Governor of Vienna
Dear friends of orchestral music,
I am very proud that the "World Orchestra Festival" will takes place in Austria for the first time in 2013. Austria has a long tradition of music, and Vienna has always been considered one of the most famous capitals of classical music. Our city is home to some of the leading opera houses and concert halls in the world. As Mayor of the City of Vienna, it is a great pleasure to promote the exchange of knowledge and skills between the different ways of interpretations of classical music. I highly appreciate the "spirit" of music and, moreover, all projects that are actively devoted to cultural education as well as the promotion of very young and very gifted musicians.
The "World Orchestra Festival" is a challenging competition for young artists to present their expertise and get a first glimpse of musical entertainment and new impressions inside and outside the world of music.
I hope we will witness a challenging competition and would like to welcome all participants and guests to the "World Orchestra Festival" 2013 in Vienna.
Mayor and Governor of Vienna