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Günter Pichler began his studies at the Academy of Music in Vienna when he was 15, was appointed Leader of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra when he was 18, and at the age of 21 was engaged by Herbert von Karajan as Leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1963 he has been Professor at the University Music Department in Vienna and Guest Professor in Cologne since 1993. In 1969 he was awarded the "Mozart Interpretation Prize". In 1970 Günter Pichler founded the Alban Berg Quartet and has led this famous quartet ever since.

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He subsequently embarked upon a career as a conductor to give further expression to his musical ideas, thus complementing his work in the quartet, and made his conducting debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in January 1989.

Since then Pichler’s conducting career has flourished. Besides returning many times to the Vienna Chamber, he has enjoyed close relationships with orchestras such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Niew Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Orchestra della Toscana (Florence), and has guested with orchestras such as the Orchestra da Camera di Padova, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Leipziger Kammerorchester, and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He also gave the world premieres of works by Berio and del Corno with the Accademia Bizantina at the Lucerne Festival.

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Conducting engagements in the UK have included the London Mozart Players, the Northern Sinfonia, and the Hallé Orchestra.

In July 1991 he conducted a concert at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, as part of a prestigious Mozart series given by the NHK Orchestra, and two years later made his debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic, where he has since become a regular guest conductor. He has also toured Japan twice with the London Mozart Players and once with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

In Spring 1995 he toured Europe with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, who subsequently invited him to conduct them in Israel.

Most recently Günter Pichler has conducted the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, Bologna, Milan and Torino, toured with the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana throughout Italy, has toured with the Irish Chamber Orchestra throughout Ireland and given concerts with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Châtelet), and with the Royal Flanders Philharmonic in Belgium and the Netherlands. His latest appearances in Japan have included the Osaka, Sendai and Tokyo Philharmonics and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, of whom he is currently Principal Guest Conductor.

January 2003

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repertoire proposals
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Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto 9 min
Mozart Entführung aus dem Serail  
  Così fan tutte etc. 4 - 7 min
Rossini L’Italiana in Algerie 9 min
Schubert Overture in Italian Style D 590 8 min
  Overture in Italian Style D 591 8 min
  Rosamunde D 644 10 min
Beethoven Symphonies nos. 2 and 4  
Haydn Upon mutual agreement  
Mozart Upon mutual agreement  
  (also divertimenti, serenades, dances, marches, minuets)  
Schubert Symphonies nos. 3, 4, 5, 6  
Schubert-Berio Rendering (Symphony no. 10) 35 min
Other works    
Britten Five Pieces for Chamber Orchestra op. 16 20 min
Schönberg Chamber Symphony op. 9 22 min
Schubert-Webern Deutsche Tänze about 10 min
Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks Concerto in E flat major

20 min
Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade 10 min

Concerti (non-standard repertoire)

Berio Chemins IV for oboe and 11 strings (1975) 10 min
Britten Serenade for tenor horn and strings op. 31 24 min
  Les Illuminations for high solo and strings op. 18 21 min
  Lachrymae for viola and strings op. 48 14 min
  Divertissement for bassoon and strings 9 min
  Variations de Concert for violoncello and strings 5 min
Glazunov Concert for saxophon and strings op. 109 13 min
Ibert Symphonia Concertante for oboe and strings  
Mozart Arias for several voices  
Nielsen Concert for clarinet op. 57 25 min
Penderecki Capriccio for oboe and 11 strings 6 min
Saint Saens La Muse et le Poete for violin and violoncello op. 132 13 min
Weill Violin concerto op. 12 for wind and percussion 27 min
Pieces for String Orchestra  
Bartok Divertimento 25 min
Beethoven Grosse Fuge op. 133 (arr.Weingärtner) 17 min
  Quartet in F minor op. 95 (arr. Mahler) 20 min
Berg 3 Pieces from the Lyric Suite 17 min
Berio Notturno 27 min
Brahms Sextet in B major op. 18 About 30 min
  Quintet op. 111

Britten Simple Symphony op. 4 16 min
  Frank Bridge Variations op. 10 22 min
  Praeludium and Fugue for 18 parts string orchestra op. 29 9 min
Dvorak Serenade op. 22 in E major 27 min
Elgar Serenade op. 20 in E minor 12 min
Janacek Suite 15 min
Ligeti Ramifications 9 min
Mendelssohn Selection from the 12 string symphonies  
Lutoslwaski Trauermusik für Streicher 14 min
Penderecki Emanations for 2 string orchestras 8 min
Schönberg Verklärte Nacht op. 4 (1943) 30 min
  (suite for string orchestra) 20 min
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony op. 110a, no. 8 20 min
  Chamber Symphony op. 118a, no. 10 22 min
Schubert Minuets and Trios 15 min
  Death and the Maiden (arr.Mahler) 30 min
Richard Strauss Metarmorphosen for 23 Strings 25 min
Stravinsky Apollon Musagete 30 min
  Concerto in G 12 min
Suk Serenade op. 6 25 min
Tschaikovsky Serenade op. 48 27 min
Webern 5 Movements op. 5 10 min

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