Academia Allegro Vivo – 40 years of joyful playing
The Academia Allegro Vivo is one of the finest ensembles of its kind and has enriched the Austrian cultural scene ever since it was founded in Vienna by Bijan Khadem-Missagh in 1977. Many CDs, radio and TV recordings document its high artistic quality and the homogeneity of its sound.
As “Orchestra in residence” of the International Music Festival Allegro Vivo, the Academia Allegro Vivo performs a wide repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, also premiering commissioned works. It undertakes worldwide tours and is invited to international music festivals.
The Academia Allegro Vivo combines the traditional Viennese sound of strings with modern forms of interpretation and innovative programmes. Their project entitled “cultural metamorphosis” presents a series of commissioned works combining cultures of other continents with European classical music, thus providing an enrichment to their repertoire and an inspiration for diverse styles of Performance.
Among its numerous CD recordings, there have been world premiers in recent years. The latest releases have been Metamorphosen (ORF), the recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden in the version by Gustav Mahler (ORF), Joseph Haydn’s most famous piano concertos (Label Camerata Tokyo), as well as Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Symphonic Serenade, Bela Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings and Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Souvenir d’un lieu cher (ORF), which were highly acclaimed.
Futhermore releases are Mozart’s Clarinet concerto performed by Matthias Schorn, a world premiere of Flora Marlene Geisselbrecht and R. Strauss’ Metamorphosen Study for 23 solo strings. Quite recently the new double CD “Neue Horizonte” was presented with works of Dvořàk, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Strawinsky, Rota, Pleyel und Roussel.