Success story: Sunny Ritter is invited to perform at Vienna's Musikverein

Classicalia is passionate about opening doors for the next generation of Classical performers. We're thrilled to share some good news!  

One of our judges, Gerald Grünbacher of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, was so impressed by pianist Sunny Ritter (one of our 11-and-under winners from Classicalia's 2021/22 competition), he has just invited her to perform with his orchestra at Vienna's Musikverein in June 2023! 

June will be a big month for Sunny! She will join the finalists from the 2021/22 Classicalia competition to perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus with full orchestra, and will ALSO perform with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra — known for transporting audiences back to Mozart's day and age, performing in 18th-century period dress (complete with powdered wigs!).

We asked Sunny's mum to record her getting the good news! ⬇️

We'll keep sharing good news stories like this one above by email! We're passionate about giving talented young musicians opportunities like this one for advancement. 

In the meanwhile, kickstart your musical career and register for Classicalia 2022/23!


About the Vienna Mozart Orchestra
Vienna Mozart Orchestra was founded in 1986 by musicians from the best and most famous Viennese orchestras and from various chamber music ensembles. The artists all shared the aim to preserve the musical tradition and the cultural heritage of Vienna by dedicating themselves to the cultivation and representation of symphonic chamber music of the Viennese Classical Period. The 30 musicians devote themselves exclusively to the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most accomplished composer of that period who, though born in Salzburg, found his home in Vienna.

Led by Gerald Grünbacher, the orchestra's repertoire ranges from all of Mozart's symphonies to a great variety of his instrumental concerti (for violin, piano and winds) to arias and duets from his most famous operas. Performing in authentic costumes and wigs, the orchestra’s performances make the audience feel as though they have stepped back in time to the end of the 18th century. At that time it was common for concerts to feature single movements of symphonies or parts of different concertos, alternating with operatic arias and duets. For those "Musical Academies", as concerts were called at that time, orchestras endeavoured to provide maximum enjoyment for their audiences by setting up their programs of only the most popular pieces of various composers.