Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts

The European Broadcasting Union has a 5-year distribution agreement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under which it acquired TV and radio broadcast rights for a package of three classical concerts per year. EBU Members in over 40 territories subscribe to this package. More than double that number outside the EBU area also broadcast the annual New Year's Day Concert.

New Year's Day Concert

Broadcast live from the ornate Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, the New Year’s Day Concert is one of the most sought-after TV properties in the world, achieving staggering market shares of over 40% in a number of territories and reaching over 40 million television viewers around the world. 

The orchestra performs a different musical programme every year with works from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries under the baton of the world’s most prestigious conductors.

The 2020 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place under the baton of Andris Nelsons in the Musikverein in Vienna. Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since 2010, Andris Nelsons has been a musical partner of the Vienna Philharmonic. The New Year's Concert 2020 was Nelsons' first time conducting this prestigious international concert event.

The 2020 New Year's Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries.

There's more details about this year's event and all the participants here


2020's programme:

Carl Michael Ziehrer
Overture to "Die Landstreicher (The Vagabonds)"

Josef Strauss
Liebesgrüße (Greetings of Love) Waltz, op. 56
Liechtenstein March, op. 36

Johann Strauss Jr.
Blumenfest (Flower Festival) Polka. op. 111
Wo die Citronen blüh'n (Where the Lemons Blossom), Waltz, op. 364

Eduard Strauss
Knall und Fall (Without Delay), Fast Polka, op. 132

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Franz von Suppé
Light Cavalry Overture

Josef Strauss
Cupido, Polka française, op. 81

Johann Strauss Jr.
Seid umschlungen, Millionen (Be Embraced, You Millions), Waltz, op. 443

Eduard Strauss
Eisblume (Ice Flower), Polka mazurka, op. 55 (Arr. W. Dörner)

Josef Hellmesberger, Jr.

Hans Christian Lumbye
Postillon Galop, op. 16/2 (Arr. W. Dörner)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 (Excerpts)

Johann Strauss Jr.
Freuet euch des Lebens (Enjoy Life), Waltz, op.340
Tritsch-Tratsch, Fast Polka, op. 214


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Summer Night Concert

The second concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra package is the annual Summer Night Concert, an outdoor production from the gardens of Vienna’s picturesque Schönbrunn Castle that attracts a live audience of over 100,000, in addition to several million TV viewers. Like the New Year’s Day concert, TV production is by Austrian EBU member ORF, and the concert is carried to audiences around the world via the Eurovision satellite network.

Special Concert

Each autumn the VPO performs a special concert at different locations around the world. Recent concerts have been held in Japan and at Versailles in Paris. In 2020 Barcelona's Sagrada Familia will play host. 



Production status

Around 140 minutes


Contact detail

Matthew Trustram
Head of Television
+41 22 717 2623