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The convent St. Florian located in the heart of Austria (between the music metropolis’ Vienna and Salzburg) is not only one of Austria’s most magnificent baroque structures, but is also one of the most significant cultural centres. Founded in 1071 the St. Florian Boys’ Choir is one of the Boys’ Choirs with the most tradition in the world. The famous composer Anton Bruckner, who was buried under "his" organ in the convent cathedral, also emanated from the Boys' Choir, as did numerous other great musicians.

Production of sacred music is still one of the most important functions of the boys' choir. Apart from this, they are also musical ambassadors for Austria everywhere in the world. Throughout the past decade, the choir has travelled all over the world, participating in significant musical festivals (amongst others, the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, Festival d’Aix en Provence) repeatedly cooperating with the famous orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Bruckner Orcherster …) and conductors. Franz Welser-Möst, director of the Cleveland Orchestra and former director of music of the Vienna State Opera, is the honorary president of the society "Friends of the St. Florian Boys' Choir".

Soloists of the St. Florian Boys' Choir regularly sing the parts composed for boys (e. g. the "Three Boys" in Mozart’s "Magic flute" in great opera houses (Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Berlin, Verona, Barcelona, Aix en Provence, amongst others) and on CD (Rene Jacobs).

The wide range of discography of the St. Florian Boys' Choir does not only comprise traditional Austrian music, folk music and Christmas carols, but also recordings of old music in cooperation with renowned prestigious ensembles on historical instruments.

The director of music ever since 1983, has been Franz Farnberger, who, after completing his studies in Vienna, conducted the Vienna Boys' Choir for eight years, while currently also teaching at the Anton Bruckner University.


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