Vienna Clarinet Connection

Vienna Clarinet Connection Foto © Richard Schuster


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The Vienna Clarinet Connection comprises Helmut Hödl (clarinet), Hubert Salmhofer (basset horn), Rupert Fankhauser (clarinet), and Wolfgang Kornberger (bass clarinet). Formed in 1995, their debut concert took place at the Porgy & Bess Music Club in Vienna. Since then, the group has led the chamber music scene, aiming to blur the lines between different musical genres such as composition and improvisation, jazz and classical, and ethnic and contemporary styles. Their unique ensemble composition allows for fresh interpretations of quartet repertoire classics and collaborations with contemporary composers to create captivating new works.

The ensemble members are not only exceptional musicians but also dedicated teachers and composers. Their compositions provide an extraordinary auditory and visual experience, showcasing their versatility by blending original pieces with interpretations of popular works by Gershwin, Goodman, Mozart, Schubert, or Bach. The ensemble demonstrates a deep grounding in both chamber music and jazz or swing.

In addition to their musical performances, the musicians skillfully and charmingly navigate through the program, creating a unique concert atmosphere with exciting background stories about the pieces and the musicians themselves.

Helmut Hödl

A renowned clarinetist and composer born on November 16, 1969, in Oberwart (Austria). He began playing clarinet at six and studied at the music conservatories in Vienna and Graz. Hödl has been the principal clarinetist in the Volksoper Wien orchestra since 1993 and has taught at the Josef Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt since 1998. He has collaborated with numerous prestigious orchestras and is a founding member of the Vienna Clarinet Connection. His compositions significantly enrich the repertoire for clarinet quartets. His solo CD “reflected” was released in 2020 by Preiser Records.

Rupert Fankhauser

A clarinet professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has performed as a solo clarinetist with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and collaborated with esteemed orchestras like the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Fankhauser is known for his international concert activities both as a chamber musician and soloist, and he has a passion for body-oriented techniques like Yoga and the Alexander Technique, which he incorporates into workshops and tab content. It is important to have the necessary information in the block, but at this stage, it is just a placeholder to help you visualise how the content is displayed. Feel free to edit this with your actual content.

Hubert Salmhofer

Active at the Gustav Mahler Private University in Klagenfurt (Austria), Salmhofer is a member of various ensembles, including the wind quintet “Quintessenz”, Trio Gemärch, and the Austrian Art Ensemble. He co-founded the ensemble Trio Clarin and has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians across Europe as a chamber musician.

Wolfgang Kornberger

Received his initial musical education from Prof. Josef Pöttler in Pöllau (Austria) and completed his concert studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Kornberger has worked as an orchestral musician with prestigious conductors and orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonics and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. A founding member of the Vienna Clarinet Connection and the Bassetthorn Ensemble “Trio Clarin,” he has performed at significant festivals such as the Salzburg Mozart Week and the Schwetzingen Festival. Kornberger is also active as a masterclass instructor and serves as the deputy bandmaster for the Musikkapelle Pöllau.