New principal cello in Vienna

New principal cello in Vienna


norman lebrecht

December 21, 2021

A Hungarian member of the Vienna Philharmonic Academy, Temesvári Bence, has won the audition for pincipal cello at the Wiener Symphoniker.

Bence, 22, has been studying with are Robert Nagy and Peter Somodari of the Vienna Philharmonic and with István Várdai.


  • Axl says:

    Congrats to him! It looks that their academy is more than good consept because so many of them has win jobs in important orchestras (e.g. Golob, Krivenko, Schinnerl-Schlaffer). Now waiting news, who will be the new principal cello for State opera/Philharmonic…

  • Enquirer says:

    Lucky man, to be working under the wonderful Andres Orozco-Estrada; I am currently binging on the YT videos from his time at the hr-sinfonieorchester. I saw there the comparative youth of some of the appointments of principals/soloists – e.g. Theo Plath (bassoon, 27), Florin Iliescu (joint concert-master, 38, but looks about 21), Peter-Philipp Staemmler (cello, 35), Mark Gruber (horn, 28) … probably others. I also note that Piatigorsky was principal cellist for the Bolshoi theater orchestra at the age of 15.

  • Just saying says:

    The cellist’s given name is Bence, his surname is Temesvári. Hungarian naming order is family name followed by given name, but since standard western order was used for the other Hungarians in the article, consistency would be a great idea.