Just in: Vienna Philharmonic mourns ex-chairman

From the Vienna Phil:

Alfred Altenburger (1927 – 2015)

We mourn the loss of Prof. Alfred Altenburger, member of our first violin section and former chairman (from 1978 to 1987). May he rest in peace.


A painstaking, resolute man, Altenburger cultivated discreet relationships with conductors, notably Karajan and Abbado. Upon retirement he became a board member of Abbado’s Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a mentor to young players in its first violin section.

You can listen to a 1978 radio interview with him here (in German).

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