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WEDNESDAY, DEC 14 2016, 07:00 PM

On Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, The American Austrian Foundation will once again host the annual "Music for Medicine" concert and dinner celebrating the 23th Anniversary of the Salzburg Medical Seminars of the Open Medical Institute, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.  

The Salzburg Medical Seminars is a postgraduate education program that provides physicians from countries in transition one week intensive seminars taught by faculty members from Weill Cornell Medical College and its affiliated hospitals, as well as other academic institutions, which brings them up-to-date on new methodologies and best practices in their medical specialties.  

The evening will begin with a concert in the Alice Tully Hall, featuring members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet.  

Ticket prices start at $ 53.74 each (“Friends Tickets”) and can be ordered >>here.

Following the concert, dinner will be served, with a live auction to follow.  Among the items up for grabs are a night at the Metropolitan Opera (includes dinner for two at Bar Boulud & two tickets to Verdi's Rigoletta), a case of Stiegl Beer, a Mountain Bike from Porsche, a private wine tasting with Le Bernadin's acclaimed Austrian sommelier Aldo Sohm, a Leica camera and a number of other fantastic items. There is also a raffle with jewelry from Atelier Swarovski, cufflinks from A.E. Koechert, crystal from Lobmeyr, and much, much more!

For more information, please call 212.856.1075 or email benefit@americanaustrianfoundation.org


Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34


Wilfried Hedenborg, violin
Benjamin Morrison, violin
Heinrich Koll, viola
Bernhard Hedenborg, violincello,
Julian Hedenborg, piano

The musicians will perform pro bono.


Wilfried Kazuki Hedenborg (First Violin) was born in 1977 in Salzburg, where he received his first violin instruction from his father. In 1989 he commenced his studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum under Ruggiero Ricci, completing his diploma with distinction. Hedenborg then continued his studies with Werner Hink at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna, graduating in 2002, with distinction. At this time, he joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and in 2004 became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the course of his career, Wilfried Hedenborg has won many international violin competitions and prizes, including the “Jugend musiziert,” the “Alpe Adria,” the “Concours Ruggiero Ricci,” and the Tadeusz Wronski Solo Violin Competition. He has given many concert performances over the years, both in Austria and abroad, including solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral music.  Since 1997 he has collaborated on projects with the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Mr. Hedenborg has also been involved in research involving violin- and bow-making and contributed to the development of the “Infeld Violin” strings.

Benjamin Morrison (Second Violin) was born in 1986 in New Zealand. He received his first violin lessons from his father before starting his studies with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppanen. At the age of 13 he gave his debut as a soloist with an orchestra and, over the years, won many national competitions in New Zealand.  Morrison served as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand for three years. In 2007 he moved to Austria to study with Yair Kless at the Musikuniversität in Graz, receiving his Masters in violin performance and, subsequently, a Masters in chamber music. In 2009 he founded the Morrison Trio, which has competed successfully in Europe as well as Asia. In 2014 he became a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Morrison also serves as concertmaster of the Con Fuoco chamber orchestra.

Born in Vienna, Heinrich Koll (Viola) started playing the violin at the age of five. He studied at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, graduating with honors in 1975. The same year he began his career as a first violist with the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra. In 1976 he changed to the Vienna Symphony as a principal soloist, and since 1980 he has held the same position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Koll has performed in numerous concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic worldwide.  Since 1987, Koll has been violist with the Musikverein Quartett, performing regularly throughout Europe and Japan. In addition, Koll performs with the Vienna Ring Ensemble and as a guest with other chamber music ensembles. He has also taught in Austria, Japan and the US. Since 2002 Koll has been performing with his two violinist daughters as the "Koll Trio” throughout Austria, the US and Japan.

Born in 1979 in Salzburg, Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg (Cello) started playing cello at the age of six. He debuted as a soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg at age 12, and began to study with Heinrich Schiff the next year. He is a prizewinner of many national and international competitions, including a Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and the winner of the European Music Prize of Young Musicians in Oslo.Bernhard Hedenborg has performed with various orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Latin America and Asia. From 2008 – 2011 he was principal cellist of the Tonkünstler Orchestra. He joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in 2011 and became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.He is the artistic director of the Kobe Music Festival in Japan and regularly gives master classes in Japan and Europe.

Julian Yo Hedenborg (Piano) was born in Austria and studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna before starting studies at the Haydn Conservatory under Stanislaw Tichonow in 2011.   He learned both violin and piano in his early years before deciding to focus on piano. He has won many prizes for his performances at competitions throughout Europe. Julian Hedenborg has performed solo concerts in Europe and Japan and numerous chamber music performances with his two brothers in Japan and the US. Passionate about the convergence of different art forms, he has worked with the 21er Haus, a modern museum in Vienna contributing to an art project and hopes to further develop projects where music no longer stands alone in space. 

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
65th Street at Broadway, New York City