Andreas M. Hofmeir takes over the direction of the Bläserphilharmonie

Andreas Martin Hofmeir | © Philippe Gerlach

The Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg presents itself for the first time under its new artistic director and conductor Andreas Martin Hofmeir with the concert KINDgeRECHT on March 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation. New challenges and perspectives included.

The traditional orchestra has two tasks at the Mozarteum University: On the one hand, students in the master's degree program in wind orchestra conducting and, to some extent, participants in the part-time course in wind orchestra conducting work with the orchestra. On the other hand, Andreas Martin Hofmeir would like to give the great original literature, which certainly exists for symphonic wind orchestra, a stage at the house. "For the wind players, this is a greater challenge than many works in the classical symphony orchestra. And having to fit in with a clarinet tutti for once is an experience from which one can only benefit," as Hofmeir explains. In addition, Andreas M. Hofmeir wants to take a stand with the music. He usually shares funny things, because experience shows that the audience then listens better. The current concert theme, however, does not allow this. "The concert is intended to open our eyes to the assaults against which the youngest generation is unable to defend itself: abuse, violence, but also disregard. Especially in the question of what the world will look like in their future. This concert gives a voice to this, a voice without words. And thus appeals less to the intellect than to the emotions," Hofmeir emphasizes.

In the opening concert, music full of childlike joie de vivre meets the memories set to music of a composer who became a victim of abuse as a child. After the intermission, a symphonic poem that holds one's breath with the world premiere of "Mundtot - Unaussprechliches für Sinfonisches Blasorchester" by Jörg Duda and a motet that reconciles in the belief in childlike innocence and creative power. An evening that makes us think about what we want to expect from our children.


Paul Hart: Cartoon
Mark Camphouse: Watchman tell us of the night
Percy Aldridge Grainger: Childrens March
Jörg Duda: "Mundtot" Unspeakable for symphonic wind orchestra (premiere)
Morten Lauridsen (arr. Robert Reynolds): O Magnum Mysterium


Andreas Martin Hofmeir, one of the best and most versatile instrumentalists of today, is a border crosser between genres: the tuba player is a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, was a founding member of the Bavarian cult band LaBrassBanda, is active as a conductor of various wind orchestras, and has received numerous awards both as a cabaret artist and as a musician, most recently the Bavarian State Prize for Music 2020. Hofmeir studied with Dietrich Unkrodt, Michael Lind and Jens Björn-Larsen. In 2005, he became the first tuba player in the history of the competition to win the German Music Competition, and in 2013, also as the first tuba player, he received the ECHO Klassik as "Instrumentalist of the Year." As a soloist, he has performed with the Munich and Bremen Philharmonic Orchestras, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, among others. He is in demand worldwide as a lecturer for master classes and workshops. As a conductor, he has worked with the youth music camp of the Bläserjugend Baden-Württemberg, the BASF selection orchestra and the Audi Bläserphilharmonie, among others. Since October 2022, he has been artistic director of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg.

The Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg stands for wind music at the highest level. It was founded in 2002 with the essential aim of positioning the orchestra on an equal footing with classical symphony orchestras by performing original compositions as well as special wind symphonic instrumentations. Through regular concerts and CD recordings and the sound aesthetic shaped by Hansjörg Angerer (principal conductor 2002-2022), the orchestra has established itself over the years as one of the leading international wind symphony orchestras. The orchestra performs a major symphony concert once a year, is available as the resident orchestra for the master's program in wind orchestra conducting and its final concert, and also presents itself in larger chamber music formations every summer semester.