Want to hear a piece by Mozart in the very building he composed it in? Step this way, ladies and gentlemen: the Bösendorfer-Saal in the Mozarthaus makes it possible.
- Small venue with classical concerts, opera and other performances with top-class musicians and singers
- Concerts may include talks by experts and performers
- Special summer piano recitals* feature work composed by Mozart while he lived on the premises
- See also: Concert venues | Mozarthaus | Mozart locations
The Mozarthaus is, as the name suggests, the very house where Mozart lived for three years during his long stay in Vienna.
There is something particularly charming about the idea of listening to Mozart’s music in a building that once echoed to the sound of his piano or violin, and where he entertained such musical greats as Haydn.
It’s even more charming to imagine listening to the very same pieces that Mozart composed in the building.
It all makes for a rather unique experience, courtesy of the Bösendorfer-Saal, a small venue tucked away inside the Mozarthaus.
Do not be alarmed, however, at the prospect of some dumbing down of the composer’s genius. These are proper concerts, not gimmicks, with a varied programme of pieces and performers.
For example, the 2019 event season included:
A series of one-hour piano concerts, featuring works composed a few yards away from the Bösendorfer-Saal. Examples of such works include The Marriage of Figaro, the Rondo for piano in F major (KV 494), and the Rondo in piano in D major (KV 484).
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August with online tickets available*
Mozart Academy cycle
Four evenings dedicated to a particular discussion theme with musical accompaniment. For example, “Concerto and Cadenza”, which has as its highlight a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with pianist, Miho Fujimoto.
Opera Master programme
Themed performances, primarily featuring arias from Mozart’s operas. For example, “Portraits of Women” with the soprano, Xin Wang, and pianist, Niels Muss, which looks at female roles in works by Mozart and Salieri.
Young talent concerts
The Bösendorfer-Saal also hosts performances by promising newcomers (the “new generation Bösendorfer artists”), for example with an evening of music from the winners of the prestigious “prima la musica Wien” competition.
These are not the only concerts in the Bösendorfer-Saal. Check the Mozarthaus listings for up-to-date details of all the options.
Tickets and visitor information
Ticketing arrangements depend on the concert in question, so, again, check the Mozarthaus listings for information.
How to get to the Bösendorfer-Saal
The Mozarthaus is a few rolls of a chocolate marzipan Mozart ball from the very centre of Vienna. See the main museum article for travel tips.
Address: Domgasse 4, 1010 Vienna