New principal viola for the Vienna Philharmonic

New principal viola for the Vienna Philharmonic


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2016

The solo (principal) viola position in the VPO, held until recently by Heinrich Koll, was won this morning at audition by Gerhard Marschner, 32.

Gerhard, Vienna born, has been stimmführer (associate leader) of the viola section for some years.

He was appointed to the opera orchestra at 19 and to the philharmonic three years later, having studied with  Alfred Staar, who taught around 20 members of the orchestra.


  • Bviolinistic says:

    Heinrich Koll will retire from the position of principal viola at the end of June next year. Gerhard Marschner will take over as principal from September 2017.. Congratulations, Gerhard!