Vienna Philharmonic picks pilot for its summer show

Vienna Philharmonic picks pilot for its summer show


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2021

The Vienna Philharmonic has confirmed its Summer Night Concert for Friday, June 18 at the Schönbrunn Palace Park.

The conductor, ffor the first time, will be Daniel Harding, a part-time Air France pilot. The soloist is Igor Levit. Contents includes works by Bernstein, Verdi, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Elgar, Debussy and Holst.



  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Good! I like so much this concert like Waldbühne and the one of Chailly at the Duomo

  • sam says:

    Rumor has it he’ll arrive on stage by landing his Airbus A380 on the lawn with the entire Philharmonic on board.

  • BRUCEB says:

    So is he not really a conductor because he also flies a plane? I understood the attention it got when it was a new thing, but now that the novelty has worn off I don’t understand the continuing preoccupation with it.

  • stanley cohen says:

    Back in the late 80s — or it might have been the early 90s, my chorus was booked for a Royal Festival Hall performance of Mahler 2 with a hitherto unknown young conductor whose dad had financed the entire show. We probably told ourselves that here was another somewhat talented individual being indulged by his daddy. We were wrong – it was Daniel Harding!

  • Sarah Holford says:

    I am delighted that Daniel has more than one possible job in these day but he remains a brilliant conductor I first heard in Aix en Provence in 2002 and have been a fan ever since.

  • pete kurian says:

    Why No Mozart,Bethoven,Brahms,Haydn on the programme?
    Any body has any thoughts?

    • Saxon says:

      They don’t have to be included in every concert the orchestra play. I am sure there are other weeks where the music of those composers is played.