21st September 2013: Robert Lehrbaumer and Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosovo


to put "heart and emotions" into the play of the orchestra, which one could hear clearly. Now being posted in Kosovo for about 2 years and 9 months, we never heard the Symphonic Orchestra of Kosovo Philharmony play with so much personal feeling in it and we felt blessed to be able to listen in Pristina to such a high quality classic concert and feel the lightheartedness of Mozart in the pieces as well as the humor in Ludwig v. Beethoven's Symphony no. 8 in F Major Op.93.

Mr. Robert Lehrbaumer explained to the audience with so much enthusiasm and love for music and the great composers, that Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 F Major Op. 93 not so well known than his others, is one of the most humorous Beethoven Symphonies and that we all will be able to feel the humor of his teacher Joseph Haydn in it and might even be able to put a smile on our faces.  

And it was true, the whole concert put us, the audience,  for more than an hour into another world of lightness and love of life. Thank you so much, dear Mr. Robert Lehrbaumer, for this unforgettable evening. 


(Roswitha Brieger)


PS: This concert has been sponsored by the Austrian Embassy in Kosovo as well as Raiffeisen Bank.

Also a big "Thank You" to the Director of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Baki Jashari and Mr. Dardan Selimaj for their support.

Without all of them it wouldn't have been possible to make this concert so unforgettable. Thank you. 


For more photos please kindly refer to: http://www.oekg-ks.org/?cid=2,8


Fotomaterial: Stanislawa Dolezel,  Julia Cencig and Roswitha Brieger


Robert Lehrbaumer

Born in Vienna, Robert Lehrbaumer started his career at the age of 9 when he made his appearance as a pianist in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since then, concert tours have brought him, later also as a conductor and as an organist, to almost all European countries and capitals, to North, Central and South America, to the Near East, South-East Asia, Korea, and Japan, in famous locations from Viennas Musikverein and Konzerthaus to New York's Carnegie-Hall and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Casals Hall.

Robert Lehrbaumer began to study piano at the age of six. From 8 to 13 he was a member of the Mozart Boys Choir. Two years later, he entered the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art to study piano with Gertrud Schwarzbauer and Hermann Schwertmann (a student of the Liszt-student Emil von Sauer, which makes Robert Lehrbaumer being a follower of Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny, Ludwig Beethoven and Joseph Haydn) and Heinz Medjimorec, organ with Rudolf Scholz, conducting with Otmar Suitner and composing with Thomas Christian David.

Prizes in numerous competitions, especially Geneva 1985, and scholarships by Bösendorfer and the Alban Berg Stiftung distinguished the young interpreter.

When he was 11, he had his first appearance as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed concerts - either as a soloist or as a conductor or both - with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra/Linz the Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, the Camerata Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble "die reihe" and with many foreign orchestras - when appearing as a soloist - also under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, André Previn, Leopold Hager ... 

Musical partnerships with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Anton Dermota, Walter Berry, Angelika Kirchschlager, Martha Argerich, Bo Skovhus, Friedrich Gulda, Rudolf Schock, Philippe Entremont and others.

Robert Lehrbaumer pursued his careers as an organist and as a pianist and as a conductor simultaneously. His special piano-organ-recitals, also with orchestras, are very popular events for which he gets rave reviews.

He has participated in numerous festivals such as the Vienna Festival, Salzburg Festival, Brucknerfest/Linz, Carinthian Summer/Ossiach, Bregenz Spring, Luzern Music Festival, the Nuremberg Organ-Week, Slovakia Spring-Festival, Schubert-Festival/Washington D.C., Festival Cervantino/ Mexico, Martha Argerich Festival Japan.

At the age of 25, he played a solo-recital in the cycle "Master-Soloists" in the Vienna Konzerthaus, together with Abbado, Sinopoli, Previn, Caballe, Brendel.

Robert Lehrbaumer has made recordings for radio and TV stations, LP and CD (Sony, RCA-Ariola/Red Seal, Amadeo, ORF, Belvedere, KKM, Preiser Records); he has starred in films and videos. 

He teaches at international master courses in Austria and abroad and holds master classes at the University of Music in Vienna and at Universities in USA and Mexico and Asia. He teaches regularly at one of Vienna's Conservatories - his students are prize-winners of international competitions. He is also member and president of international competitions' juries.

When conducting orchestras, Robert Lehrbaumer often is performing both as conductor and pianist/organist in works of Haendel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Poulenc and contemporary compositions .