Klangforum Wien

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Klangforum Wien
Chamber orchestra for contemporary music
Founded1985 (1985)
LocationVienna, Austria

The Klangforum Wien is an Austrian chamber orchestra, based in Vienna at the Konzerthaus, which specialises in contemporary classical music.

Founded by composer and conductor Beat Furrer in 1985,[1][2] it is run on collective principles, having no official principal conductor.[3] Sylvain Cambreling is principal guest conductor emeritus. Principal guest conductor is Bas Wiegers [nl] since the 2018/2019 concert season. The group is often cited as Austria's leading contemporary music ensemble,[4] and is particularly noted for its performances of music by composers of the German-speaking countries, including Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, and Hans Zender.

Klangforum Wien has been in residence at multiple music festivals, including the Donaueschingen Musiktage, Wiener Festwochen and Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. The ensemble holds the Professorship in Performance Practice in Contemporary Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.[5] Klangforum Wien records for KAIROS.[6]


  1. ^ "Klangforum Wien". Bayerische Staatsoper (in German). 8 September 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  2. ^ Müller, Regine. "Klangforum Wien: "Das Kompetenzensemble für das Neue in der Musik der letzten 100 Jahre" – neue musikzeitung". nmz (in German). Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  3. ^ "35 Jahre Klangforum Wien". oe1.orf.at (in German). 8 November 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  4. ^ "25 Jahre Klangforum Wien (25 years Klangforum)", RadioKulturHaus.ORF.at.(in German)
  5. ^ "Klangforum Wien – Biografie". Berliner Festspiele (in German). Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Klangforum Wien". KAIROS. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2021.

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