On the podium of the Musikverein in Vienna a New Year’s Eve 2025 the master will return Riccardo Muti. It has announced the Philharmonic of the Austrian capital in a
communicated immediately after the end of this year’s concert, directed by Christian Thielemann and broadcast live in over one hundred countries around the world. Next year we celebrate the bicentenary of the “father of the waltz”, Johann Strauss Junior: “To commemorate this important anniversary, the Vienna Philharmonic has once again invited maestro Riccardo Muti to conduct the orchestra’s annual New Year’s Concert,” reads the Philharmonic’s note.
It will be the seventh time the famous Neapolitan conductor, now 82 years old,
will conduct the famous concert of waltzes and polkas in Vienna with which the Viennese Philharmonic traditionally sends its New Year greetings to the whole world: in fact, he has already taken the stage at the Musikverein in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2018 and 2021. The decision it happened as always with an orchestra voting system. Since the beginning of this artistic collaboration in 1971, Muti, lifetime music director of the Chicago Symphony, has conducted more than half a thousand concerts and opera productions of the Vienna Philharmonic.
“Riccardo Muti has occupied an exceptional place in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for over fifty years. An honorary member of the orchestra since 2011, he has contributed to uniquely shaping the repertoire and specific sound of the ensemble,” he emphasizes in the press release the president of the orchestra, Daniel Froschauer.