Author Archives: Walter Auer

Dieter Flury retired this year

Yes, I was very sad. I didn’t want to miss his last concert. So we played together – Mahler 7 with Barenboim at Salzburg Festival late August this year. Dieter on the 1st, me on the 2nd flute. Then Dieter retired from the Vienna Philharmonic. An orchestra which he has shaped as famous Principal-Flutist and excellent CEO for so many years. During the last 15 years we worked together, I could not imagine to have a better, nicer and more helpful colleague than Dieter. He helped me so many times, I learned from him what it is meant to stay really “cool” if everyone is exaggerating around you. He played and still plays with stunning technique and with very clear musicality. The Widman-Flute concerto in Vienna this year was amazing and more than proof of his outstanding quality!
Of course – retirement from the orchestra is not retirement from music at all! Especially for him!
He works as professor at the University in Graz and his concert calendar seems to be filled with very nice international projects and tours! All the best for the next chapter in your life, Dieter!
Stay healthy and thank you so much for everything!

Summertime at Salzburg Festival is work AND sport :-)





Of course our 6 week-residence at Salzburg Festival every year is an artistic highlight for me. This year I performed the acclaimed Aida-Series with Netrebko and Muti, the Shostakovich 7 with Nelsons, Mahler 9 with Haitink and Mahler 7 with Barenboim. But – the surrounding of Salzburg, the mountains and the lakes are beautiful and very close. So you can get rid of your Festival-Stress right outside of town.

There you can see me cycling (in fact this photo is from Kitzbühler Horn), running (half-marathon with my best friend Thomas) and swimming.

I finished a full marathon (Wachau-Marathon) beginning of  September in 3:35. I was not really prepared but enjoyed this run in beautiful landscape and really bad (rainy) weather.


Masterclass coming up! Stift Ossiach, Aug 27 – Sep 2

I’m happy to announce one of my rare one-week masterclasses at my absolute favorite place: gorgeous Stift Ossiach in my home-county Carinthia (Austria).

Straight after Salzburg Festival I will work with international flutists from August 27 to September 2nd. The location couldn’t be better, the team is great!

Since we do have a limitation on participants, I would kindly ask for interested flutists to apply as soon as possible, to avoid being disappointed if the masterclass  turns out to be fully booked already.

Please check out all the details at

Flute Fun with Sharon and Lorenzo at Musikverein next week…!

Poster MV 2017

I’m really looking very much forward to the upcoming concert at Musikverein Vienna next week.

Sharon and I have some really nice plans and projects in the near future, including recording  a new CD with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in May this year.

Together with fantastic pianist Lorenzo Cossi from Trieste (Italy) we will play a brilliant, virtuoso and colorful program for flute-aficionados in the Glass Hall of Musikverein.


New experience – Auckland Nzl






Sometimes it’s absolutely nice to travel far – even without concerts or masterclass – just to see close friends and visit new countries.
Inbetween a Japan-Tour I had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for 3 days the first time in my life. My friend Cellist Martin Rummel has been living there since half a year, in accordance with his new position as Head of School at the University of Auckland. I had such a great time due to the hospitality of Martin. He showed me around – from vineyard to vineyard – and I really got a great impression of Auckland and his surroundings. I’m very much looking forward coming back soon, showing all these wonderful places to my family. And to see Martin, his partner Eric Lamb and of course gorgeous beagle Herrprofessor there again. Thank’s a lot, Martin!

Welcome to the team Silvia Careddu!


After a great summer 2016 and travelling to Italy, California and of course Salzburg with great concerts and even better vacation,  we started the new season in Vienna. Most important was the fact that we were looking  for a new principal flute at Vienna State Opera, replacing our dearest colleague Dieter Flury from September 2017.

And we have been veeeery successful! We all are happy to welcome fantastic flutist Silvia CAREDDU after hard days of auditioning as new principal flute to Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra! Brava Silvia!! Welcome to the team!!

Fabjan Hafner 1966-2016 – in memoriam


wollte da einer
sich wegschreiben,

den Dingen den Abschied geben:
sie verdienen ihn

Die Ort nimmt
einer doch
mit sich?

Wer er auch ist:
gefragt wird
der nicht.

Die Kluft, die
sich auftut in

ihr Urheber
möchte ich
nicht sein.

Und selbst
wenn ich
es wäre,

ich mich,
es einzugestehen;

verweigerte ich,
einzustehen für
eine Tat,

die mir unterlief
und unverhofft

will ich sie,
als wäre sie Luft.

Fabjan Hafner


Next Japan Tour starting in a few days!






After a Vienna Phil concert today in Livorno, Italy (Zubin Mehta, Beethoven 6 and 7) and Lohengrin tomorrow at Vienna State Opera I’m leaving to Japan on Wednesday.

My concert schedule includes the Mozart Concertos D and G with the Yamagata and Kyoto Symphony Orchestras as well as the Ibert Concerto with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.
In-between are very nice Recital with marvellous pianist Ryoko SAWAKI (photo) including music by Roussel, Fauré , Casella, Taffanel, Poulenc and the Sonatas by Franz Schubert (Arpeggione), Richard Strauss and César Franck in Gifu, Nagoya, Tokyo (Nikkei-Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) and Kagoshima.
I’m very much looking forward to meet many friends, perform in marvellous concert halls and enjoy the best food in the world!



Done! VCM 2016 finished in 3:22:50







This is the breakfast you enjoy the next day AFTER the Vienna City Marathon! Cafe Schwarzenberg opposite Musikverein is one of my favourite places for breakfast in vienna.

But back to the Marathon. The race on sunday was hard. Cold and windy. Even the professionals struggled with the weather conditions. But who cares! I had a great run, much better than last year. Could keep my pace until km 35 and then just tried to survive and not to loose too much time until km 42,195.
The 3:22:50 is my personal record – so I’m really happy.

Same day in the afternoon I had a chamber music rehearsal at the opera. I was a bit exhausted, but fine. Free evening and early going to bed finished another Marathon day in my life.