The Vienna New Year's Day Concert was founded and introduced by Clemens Kraus in 1940 and has been performed ever since in the famous Musikverein in Vienna, and started during the difficult and somewhat murky war years. But one can say that the concert started to acquire its world status only after the end of the second world war, increasing in status and world coverage over the years. It was first televised in 1959. More detail may be found on the Vienna Philharmonic Website at https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/new-years-concert/history. The concert is now relayed live to some 90 countries making it by far the most well known and listened to concert broadcast in the world.
The conductors are listed below:
Clemens Krauss, 1939, 1941–1945, 1948–1954
Josef Krips, 1946–1947
Willi Boskovsky, 1955–1979
Lorin Maazel, 1980–1986, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2005
Herbert von Karajan, 1987
Claudio Abbado, 1988, 1991
Carlos Kleiber, 1989, 1992
Zubin Mehta, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2007, 2015
Riccardo Muti, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 2001, 2003
Seiji Ozawa, 2002
Mariss Jansons, 2006, 2012, 2016
Georges Prêtre, 2008, 2010
Daniel Barenboim, 2009, 2014
Franz Welser-Möst, 2011, 2013
Gustavo Dudamel, 2017
The programme listing for the Vienna New Year concerts since 1999 are listed in this section. A list of earlier concerts appears in the members section. The Society has a complete record of all the music played since the inception of these concerts in 1940. All the concerts since 1983 have been issued complete on CD and DVD (1986 excepted) with only sporadic recordings before this on LP. But to mark the 75th anniversary of this event, Sony has released a 23 box set entitled New Year Concerts - The complete works. This may not be an entirely accurate description, but it is an excellent collection containing 139 works It can be purchased online through the usual sales outlets, such as Amazon.
Tickets for the New Year Concert in Vienna are extremely difficult to obtain. Please refer to FAQs for ticket enquiries.
Viennese New Year Concerts are regular events all around the world, one of the most well known being the Barbican New Year's Eve Concert in London which has been conducted by John Georgiadis for 40 years without a break. Other well known traditional Viennese New Year Concerts are held in Moscow. Tokyo, Stockholm, Lisbon, various American cities, and in many more countries.