Just in: Vienna hires an Italian clarinet

Just in: Vienna hires an Italian clarinet


norman lebrecht

June 26, 2019

Today’s Staatsoper audition was won by Andrea Götsch from Bolzano in Italy. She has been an academy student with the Vienna Phil and she conducts a bit on the side.

If she survives the probation years, she’ll be admitted into the Vienna Philarmonic.


  • guy says:

    Hmm. A Sudtiroler from Hold an. Austrian?

    • Robin Worth says:

      She will be perfectly trilingual if she comes from Bozen : the Tirolese dialect her mother tongue, then Italian (I’ve heard them switch from one to another over a cup of coffee) and German, possibly with a Viennese accent, by now. Good luck to her.

    • Rgiarola says:

      Guy, we just need to see if she call “le Dolomiti” or “Dolomiten”. LOL

  • Axl says:

    Yeah!!! Congrats Andrea and Vienna Phil!

  • Kyle Wiedmeyer says:

    Italian clarinetists generally have a different sound than Austrian or German ones, no?

    • Heini says:

      She plays what looks like an Austrian or German instrument, certainly not a Boehm system French style clarinet typically used by Italian players.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      She would not have gotten this far if she weren’t using the type of clarinet the Vienna Phil./Staatsoper Orchestra uses. Instrumentalists are expected to match timbres, as well as pitches in Vienna.

  • Axl says:

    And it is a 2nd clarinet/E-flat clarinet position which is Johann Hindler’s old position.
    In 2015 Gregor Hinterreiter won this post and when Ernst Ottensamer died, he was later promoted to succeseed him as principal clarinet. So Andrea replaces Gregor in this position.