Vienna Philharmonic upgrades a New Zealand player

Vienna Philharmonic upgrades a New Zealand player


norman lebrecht

March 08, 2017

Benjamin Morrison, a second violinist in the orchestra since 2014, won the audition today for a vacancy in the first violins.

Ben, who is 30, studied with Yair Kless in Graz.


  • Max Grimm says:

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch.
    Norman, any word on Adela Frasineanu, who joined the VSOO at (I believe) the same time?

    • Lee Anderson says:

      Adela is still showing as second violin on the orchestra web-site as does Benjamin (Members of Opera Orchestra)

  • Bviolinistic says:

    Miss Frasineanu also played well in this audition but Mr Morrison received more points. She remains a confirmed member of the second violin section and is awaiting tenure with the VPO, as is Mr Morrison.

  • Barbara says:

    Glad to hear the news. Good wishes from a New Zealander.