to the captivating realm of the Imperial Philharmonic, A Viennese Orchestra, the unrivaled purveyors of mesmerizing film music and alluring Viennese classical masterpieces. Prepare to be transported to a realm of enchantment as you immerse yourself in our world of sublime sound.

Indulge your senses in the sheer magnificence of our public orchestra concerts, held within the resplendent Golden Musikvereinssaal. Experience the symphonic splendor firsthand as our talented musicians bring to life a symphony of emotions that will resonate deep within your soul. Feel the power and passion of our performances, as every note reverberates within the hallowed walls of this iconic concert hall.

For those seeking a touch of musical brilliance to elevate their corporate event or private celebration, look no further. Our esteemed ensembles stand ready to infuse your special occasion with the elegance and sophistication that only live music can provide. From intimate soirées to grand affairs, allow us to craft an unforgettable musical experience tailored to your unique desires.

Prepare to be captivated, for the Imperial Philharmonic awaits, eager to enchant you with our exquisite repertoire and unmatched artistry. Step into our world of timeless melodies and experience the magic that unfolds when music meets perfection.

Our next concert

The Sound of Christmas with Grammy nominated conductor Alastair Willis

We cordially extend our invitation to you, beckoning you to partake in a time-honored tradition—the pinnacle of musical celebrations, our illustrious Christmas concert. Mark your calendars for a date that shall forever remain etched in your memory: the 22nd of December 2023, where we shall gather in the resplendent Golden Hall of the esteemed Viennese Musikverein.

Prepare to be transported on a journey through the ages as we weave together the finest tapestry of classical masterpieces and captivating film music. Immerse yourself in a symphonic spectacle that transcends boundaries and captivates the hearts of all who bear witness. Led by the incomparable Alastair Willis and accompanied by a host of extraordinary soloists, this extraordinary event promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Stay tuned, for more information about the esteemed soloists shall be unveiled in due time. Rest assured, their unparalleled talents shall elevate the atmosphere, creating an ethereal ambiance that lingers long after the final note has faded into the night.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary musical affair. Join us for an enchanting evening that will leave an indelible mark upon your festive celebrations, forever etching the beauty of this cherished Christmas concert into the annals of your memories.

Alastair Willis

Featured Conductor

In past seasons, Willis has guest conducted orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma) among others. His recording of Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos was Grammy nominated for Best Classical Album in 2009.

Last season Willis was re-engaged by the Chicago Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic, Pacific Northwest Ballet, La Porte County Symphony, and Salute to Vienna, and made his debut with the Rockford Symphony. This season he returns to the Chicago Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Salute to Vienna.

Previous positions include Music Director of the Illinois Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor with the Florida Orchestra’s Coffee Concert series, Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Assistant Conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, and Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Born in Acton, Massachusetts, Willis lived with his family in Moscow for five years before settling in Surrey, England. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from England’s Bristol University, an Education degree from Kingston University, and a Masters of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

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About Us

The Orchestra

The Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra stands proudly as one of Austria's esteemed ensembles, embodying the epitome of musical grandeur in both film and classical realms. Comprised of virtuosic musicians hailing from Vienna and esteemed international orchestras, their collective artistry creates an opulent tapestry of sound. It is a sonic masterpiece dedicated to honoring Vienna's illustrious "genius loci" as a city synonymous with refined musical indulgence.

Throughout the annals of history, Vienna has been a hallowed haven for maestros and composers of unparalleled greatness. Legends such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and the captivating waltz impresario Johann Strauss have graced this cultural metropolis, their creative spirits intermingling with its very essence. Mahler, Schönberg, and numerous other luminaries have likewise imprinted their genius upon this majestic city, further amplifying its allure.

In the realm of international film music, it is no mere happenstance that a towering luminary emerged from Vienna's embrace: the illustrious Erich Wolfgang Korngold. His compositional prowess transcended boundaries, epitomizing the opulence and splendor that Vienna so effortlessly bestows upon the world. Korngold's name remains synonymous with a lavish musical legacy befitting the city's timeless elegance.


Indulge in the resplendent melodies brought forth by the Imperial Philharmonic, an orchestra dedicated to lavishing audiences worldwide with awe-inspiring musical experiences, particularly from the expanse of film's majestic repertoire.

Within our opulent repertoire, you shall find timeless treasures from cinematic masterpieces such as "Forrest Gump," "Jurassic Park," "The Lion King," "E.T.," and "The Sound of Music." Furthermore, at your beck and call, we are delighted to serenade you with transcendent classical opuses, including the illustrious works of Mozart and Strauss.

Our noble pursuit encompasses captivating both the young and the wise, presenting a symphonic tapestry that entrances the soul and enchants the senses. With every note, we craft an auditory masterpiece worthy of devoted listening, resonating deep within the core of your being. Prepare to be transported to realms of sheer musical ecstasy, as our symphonic enchantment takes flight, leaving an indelible imprint upon your heart.


Embark on a harmonious journey through the realm of musical splendor with the Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra. We present an unparalleled musical tapestry that caters to all types of events, from intimate soirées to grandiose spectacles. The stage is set, waiting for your command.

Immerse yourself in the opulence of our orchestral prowess as we transform any venue into a mesmerizing haven of auditory enchantment. Whether it be a prestigious gala in a grand concert hall or an intimate private matinee in an exclusive setting, our musicians breathe life into every occasion, painting the air with sublime melodies.

Should you seek guidance on selecting the perfect ensemble, curating an enchanting repertoire, or have any other inquiries regarding the musical essence of your event, our dedicated team stands ready to assist. Your satisfaction is our paramount concern. Do not hesitate to contact us, as we await the honor of bringing forth a musical experience that transcends all expectations.


The Musikverein - our musical "home"

Immerse yourself in the enchanting embrace of the Vienna Musikverein, a revered musical haven we proudly call our "home." Every December, a cherished tradition unfolds as we grace the stage of the world-renowned "Golden Hall" within this illustrious concert hall, offering a resplendent Christmas concert. And as January dawns, we usher in the New Year with a vibrant program, resounding with the timeless melodies of the waltz king himself, Johann Strauss, and other esteemed composers.

History of the Viennese Musikverein

The Viennese Musikverein's history is steeped in rich heritage. Often referred to simply as the "Musikverein," it stands as a testament to the enduring passion for music in Vienna. The "Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde" (Society of Friends of Music), the esteemed custodians of this architectural gem, constructed the building on Emperor Franz Joseph's donated land, and on January 6, 1870, it was unveiled to the world. At the heart of the Vienna Musikverein lies the resplendent "Golden Hall," adorned with magnificent decor and housing a historic organ crafted by the renowned Austrian firm Rieger in 1907. In 2001, the building underwent a meticulous renovation and expansion, encompassing additional rehearsal and concert halls.

Renowned for its lavish and revered acoustics, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein stands proudly among the world's top concert halls, alongside esteemed counterparts like Symphony Hall in Boston and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Spanning 48 meters in length, 19 meters in width, and soaring 18 meters high, it boasts over 1,700 seats and 300 standing places. This iconic venue has gained global acclaim, partly due to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose residence lies within these walls.

Step into the world of musical opulence, where every note resonates within the majestic embrace of the Golden Hall, transporting you to a realm of unrivaled auditory bliss. The Vienna Musikverein beckons, inviting you to partake in a symphonic experience of unparalleled grandeur.

Our concert hall “ Musikverein Vienna-Golden Hall”
Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

Our Conductors

Karl Korak

Since 1979, I have had the privilege of being engaged as a musician in the esteemed Viennese Theater company, "Vereinigte Bühnen Wien." This longstanding association has allowed me to contribute my musical talents and immerse myself in the vibrant world of theater.

In 1990, I assumed the role of Director at the music conservatory in Lower Austria, shaping the musical education and nurturing the talents of aspiring musicians. It has been a fulfilling journey to guide and inspire the next generation of musical virtuosos.

Simultaneously, since 1986, I have proudly held the position of Art Director for the renowned "Vienna Mozart Orchestra." This esteemed ensemble has provided me with the opportunity to showcase my artistic vision and curate captivating musical performances that resonate with audiences worldwide.

My concert endeavors have taken me far and wide, gracing stages across the globe as both a clarinet player and conductor. With unwavering dedication, I have lent my musical prowess to various orchestras and chamber music formations, bringing harmonious melodies to life in diverse settings and cultures.

With an extensive career spanning over 30 years, I have developed a profound expertise in the realms of film and musical genres. This has been honed through my longstanding involvement in the premier musical show orchestra in Europe. It has been an honor to contribute to the vibrant tapestry of these genres, enchanting audiences with every performance.

My educational journey led me to the prestigious University of Music in Vienna, where I attained a Diploma for Concert Performance with Distinction. Additionally, I achieved a Diploma for Instrumental Pedagogics with distinction, equipping me with the necessary skills to guide and inspire aspiring musicians. Furthering my knowledge, I pursued studies in orchestra conducting, culminating in a Magister Artium in Music Ethnology.

My passion for music extends beyond performance and education. I have delved into the realm of music ethnology, publishing notable works such as "Das einzigartige Buch vom Edlertrio" (Austrian Music Ethology) and contributing to the annual book for Austrian Music Ethology with "Das Edler Trio." These endeavors shed light on the rich history of popular music in Austria during the latter half of the 20th century.

Notably, my thirst for knowledge led me to a foreign year in 1976 at the esteemed Eastman School of Music in New York. This transformative experience deepened my understanding of orchestral conducting, broadening my artistic horizons.

Through a lifelong commitment to music, I have embraced diverse opportunities, explored new frontiers, and honed my craft as a versatile musician and conductor. It is a privilege to share my passion and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the musical world.

What They Say About Us

There are moments of unearthly beauty as well as magical sensations that I lived in The Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra! Extremely Impressed!

Carol Lostof
Carol Lostof

The orchestra is excellently lead by a highly talented Conductor. he has showcased a wide variety of repertoire. The orchestra has a high standard showcases talent in all of the sections.

Jack Muller
Jack Muller



Our Demo Video

The demo shows members of the orchestra and demonstrates a piece of popular film music. Whoever knows the famous movie Forrest Gump might recognize the music in the video.



Somewhere In My Memory



Christmas Festival

"CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL” Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra


Russia, Moscow


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Austria, Vienna





A-1080 Vienna,Florianigasse 20,
Vienna, Austria.




+43 664 2456 302