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The Orchestra Purpur, founded in 2011 in the context of the EU-funded „Project PurPur – European Sound Interchange“, brings together young highly talented musicians from all over Europe. What is very decisive for the composition and, subsequently, for the unique orchestra sound and the playing culture of this new orchestra is the nearness to many members of the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. In many cases, they are also directly responsible for the selection of the young musicians. The orchestra’s cast consists of 66 musicians, who are permanent fixtures. Other orchestra musicians are invited directly to the productions by our conductors and /or soloists. And then there are our partner organizations, which recommend and send their "best" to us. Some of them are:

In addition, our musicians also enrol from all other European regions. The exchange of knowledge and culture required to obtain an even better musical understanding through the expansion of horizons is always a top priority for us. Therefore and also because of the exceptional and flexible programmatic, its internationality and the particular, unique musical language, the Orchestra Purpur is developing its status in the European orchestral landscape. 

Since 2011, the Orchestra Purpur is Festival Kvarner's orchestra in residence. In 2012 it gained precious experience by playing concerts together with world famous musicians like the Croatian Pianist Martina Filjak, „The Clarinotts“ and other soloists of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. Another highlight in 2012 was the production of J. Haydn’s “Armida” opera, performed scenically at Festival Kvarner and concertante at Festival Seviqc Brežice, Slovenia. Last year the Orchestra Purpur took part in the “GLAGOLICA – A European Musical Language” project, which was coordinated by Festival Kvarner. In this context the orchestra opened the famous Ljubljana Festival.

Since 1 May 2013 the Orchestra Purpur is part of another EU project called “Purpur – A European Opera Sound”, which can be seen as a follow-up of the previous Project PurPur. Due to the great success of the “Armida” production, it will be revived in 2014 and another opera of J. Haydn, the ORLANDO PALADINO, a „dramma eroicomico“ in three acts (Hob. XXVIII:11) was already performed concertante in Bleiburg and Brežice, whereas staged performances will take place at the project partners in summer 2014. 

The Orchestra Purpur is organized by ad libitum Konzertwerkstatt gGmbH with the support of the Culture programme of the European Union.