Author Archives: Walter Auer

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.

Adeus Brazil! Hello Vienna!






A colorful concert tour is done. We started in Paris and continued to Munich, Vienna, Budapest, New York City, Naples/Fl, Bogota and Sao Paolo. Many concerts and a lot of travelling for the orchestra and Maestro Valery Gergiev are behind us. Next to the concerts I enjoyed my masterclasses in Naples/Fl and Sao Paolo. I met nice students and some very good flutists.
The contrast between sunny 30 degrees in Sao Paolo/ Brazil, and below zero temperatures, rain, snow and wind in Vienna was quite something, but we hope that the winter will not last much longer this year. The easter bunny is around the corner!

7 weeks to go…Vienna City Marathon 2016







On April 10, 2016 will be my next attempt at the Vienna City Marathon. From today on 7 weeks and 3 days should be enough time for good preparation. The training in the last winter weeks was quite irregular. My concert schedule was too tight. But from next week on, my training tracks will be in Budapest and New York Central Park – and then in sunny Florida (Naples) Colombia (Bogota) and Brasil (Sao Paolo).

Thanks to Vienna Phil and Maestro Gergiev 🙂