Vienna Festival freshens up

Vienna Festival freshens up


norman lebrecht

May 08, 2011

An interesting new pair of chiefs has been chosen to succeed Luc Bondy at the head of the Vienna Festival next year.

Markus Hinterhäuser, formerly concerts programmer at Salzburg, is a professional chamber musician who used to be Brigitte Fassbaender’s accompanist. He’s right up-to-the-minute in contemporary music, building big audiences in Salzburg for esoteric composers like Sciarrino, Furrer and Scelsi.

His co-director is even more interesting. Turkish born, Shermin Langhoff is one of the most out-there directors in German theatre, working in a multicultural district of Berlin with an intense focus on immigrant issues.  Here’s a Deutsche Welle video on her.

Dull it won’t be.