Lahav Shani · Love from the very first bar

Principal Guest Conductor

5.12.2018
Love from the very first bar

In May 2015 Lahav Shani stood in at short notice at a Wiener Symphoniker concert. Rehearsal period: one day. On the programme: Tschaikowskis 5. Symphonie and Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto with David Garrett as soloist. “It was my first ever concert in Vienna”, explains the 29-year-old Israeli conductor.

Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
“After two minutes I had the feeling that the chemistry was right. I knew that here was a great love.”

The rest is – not quite – history.

In the following season he took over a tour from Music Director Philippe Jordan, who had fallen ill. His appointment as Principal Guest Conductor followed shortly afterwards – a position that Shani officially took up last season.  
He has conducted the orchestra 11 times since then. This season will again feature 11 concerts with Shani – including the great flagship “Springtime in Vienna”, the Wiener Symphoniker’s televised Easter concert.

Springtime in Vienna 2019 with Lahav Shani

The 2019 “Springtime in Vienna” concert offers plenty of opportunity for him to develop his repertoire, with a decidedly French flair provided by works from composers including Chausson, Massenet and Ravel. His other concerts feature also Schumann, Mozart and Beethoven – with his Fourth Piano Concerto, in which Shani will direct the orchestra from the piano. A double role considered a great challenge by audiences and musicians alike. Shani plays this down: “When you play and conduct at the same time, there are some things that are much easier than you’d think”, he said in an interview with the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. 

Concert

My aim is always that something special happens

Shani plays this down: “When you play and conduct at the same time, there are some things that are much easier than you’d think”, he said in an interview with the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur“Because there are things that come totally naturally to the orchestra if the musicians have precision and sensibility.”.

He sees the true task of the conductor as enabling this: “I try to create circumstances in which the orchestra doesn’t need me any longer, in which I only give suggestions and everything else happens on its own, based on the musicians’ shared feeling. My aim is always that something special happens and not just that we play as we rehearsed. That’s possible with the Symphoniker.”

Dates
Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Shani / Weber, Beethoven, Schumann
Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Shani / Weber, Beethoven, Schumann
Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Musikverein Wien, Great Hall
Shani, Gerstein / Brahms, Mozart, Liszt
Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Musikverein Wien, Great Hall
Shani, Gerstein / Brahms, Mozart, Liszt
Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Musikverein Wien, Great Hall
Shani, Gerstein / Brahms, Mozart, Liszt
Frühling in Wien 2019
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Shani, Capuçon / Springtime in Vienna
Frühling in Wien 2019
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Shani, Capuçon / Springtime in Vienna
Frühling in Wien 2019
TV-Easter Concert

Springtime in Vienna

In 2019, our Principal Guest Conductor Lahav Shani will conduct the concert. We invite you on a musical journey with French flair and works by Ravel und Chausson.

Wiener Symphoniker Gründungsfoto
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Viennese sound since 1900

The Wiener Symphoniker look back on an eventful history, rich of memorable moments and big names. Originally called the Wiener Concertverein, the Wiener Symphoniker was founded in 1900 in the spirit of Viennese modernism.