phil Blech Wien

phil Blech Wien

The idea of founding a brass ensemble with two drum sets was born during a philharmonic concert tour in 2010. Its goal is to preserve, to promote and to give new impulses to the Viennese brass and drum tradition.

phil Blech Wien are 15 musicians from renowned Viennese orchestras, friends and colleagues that did all receive their musical education in Vienna. The ensemble is constituted of five trumpets, three horns, three trombones, one tuba, two drum sets and a musical director.

phil Blech Wien have quickly made a name for themselves. Their success cannot only be explained by the quality of every single one of them, but also by their interaction.

They are especially proud of their first album phil Blech Wien, which was released in 2013 and contains the works of Verdi and Wagner, as well as arrangements of works of Bruckner, Mahler, Mascagni, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Mozart and Rodrigo. Their second album Weihnachten – Christmas was released in 2015 and featured their first highly acclaimed guests: Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, Vienna boys’ choir and Chorus Viennensis. During the same year, phil Blech was featured on a CD by the Vienna boys’ choir.

The ensemble had its publicly most acclaimed appearance during the filler of the Vienna Philharmonic Ney Year’s Concert 2013 with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre.

Their repertoire – mostly opera and symphonic literature – is tailor-made for phil Blech; the consistently first-hand arrangements do not only allow each instrument to shine and every musician to show what he is capable of, they do also rewrite the music’s sound. The Viennese brass and drum tradition is alive.