2019 Programme - Artists and Acts

Univ.-Prof. Akiko Nakajima – soprano

Winning first prize in the Australian Singing Competition marked the beginning of an international career for the Japanese soprano. Today, she is not only a successful singer but also General Director of the Gunma Opera Academy "Noura-Juku", artistic adviser to Mozarthaus Vienna, and a professor teaching a "Voice and Opera" course at the City of Vienna Music and Arts University.
Vienna Boys Choir – Grand Opening

Boys have been singing at Vienna's Imperial Chapel since 1296. In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I (HRR) moved his court to Vienna, thus founding the “Hofmusikkapelle” (Chapel Imperial), and the Vienna Boys Choir. Over the centuries, the Viennese Court attracted musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Antonio Salieri, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Anton Bruckner; Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, and Franz Schubert were themselves choir boys. Until 1918, the boys sang exclusively for the imperial court. In 1924, the Choir was reestablished as a private organisation.

Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring groups. Each spends ten weeks of the year on tour. Between them, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world.
Manaho Shimokawa – Midnight Performance, Choreography

Manaho Shimokawa is a performance artist, dancer, choreographer, director, and model. Her love of diverse cultures led her not only into classical ballet, b ut also to explore a wide range of predominantly contemporary dance styles, including Forsythe, Vogue, Latin American, and Flamenco, as well as traditional Japanese dance.
Wiener Festensemble

A familiar name at dinners, promotional events, galas, balls in Austria and abroad, Wiener Festensemble plays a repertoire that includes well-known melodies by Johann Strauss & Co alongside classical favourites by Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, and others.

Joe Hofbauer Quintet

The Joe Hofbauer Quintet plays international dance music to suit your every taste. Above all, we love what we do, and we love to share our enjoyment with you. We love to make you dance.

Günter Schelberger

In addition to his solo work, saxophonist and clarinettist Günter Schelberger plays with a wide range of international artists. This evening's programme includes smooth jazz classics and popular favourites.

Graduands of the Vienna Boys Choir Senior High School – Midnight Surprise

These students are about to finish school and receive their qualification for university entrance, which will doubtless take them in various directions. Tonight's Ball has them once again perform as an ensemble; which they love. The traditional "Midnight Surprise" promises to be a highlight.
AHS Vocaloid Concert in collaboration with AHS Co. Ltd.

Vocaloid is a software synthesizer package developed by Japan's Yamaha Corporation in collaboration with the University of Pompeu Fabra. Its voice synthesis technology creates artificial singing mimicking the human voice. The first voices were produced in early 2004, and these have been expanded on the original synthesizer and its successors. Other providers created voices using recordings of real voices.

Voice actor Chihiro Ishiguro lends her voice to vocaloid character Yuzuki Yukari. Ishiguro has her own You Tube channel.
DJ Johannes Willrader


DJ extraordinaire, aka as CHOSN aka DJ L.Rock. Known throughout Europe for bringing the very best groove to the coolest events.