Paul-Walter Fürst, a viola player and – for 19 years – business manager of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has died at the age of 86. A student of the VPO concertmaster Willi Boskovsky, Fürst played in the Munich Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera before being elected to become a member of the VPO in 1962. He presided over its business affairs from 1969 to 1982 and again from 1984 to 1990, a time of tremendous growth in recordings and tours.
On retirement, he became president of the Austrian society of authors, composers and music publishers (anyone spot a conflict of interest?). He was also head of the Austrian translators association. Quite Among his compositions is an Amadeus Ballade and a ballet on Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.
1926 Born on April 25 in Vienna
1938 Move to Frankfurt/Main, first musical education
1946-51 Studies at The Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Willi Boskovsky, Hermann Schwertmann, Joseph Marx, Alfred Uhl)
1951-54 Solo violist of the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra
1954-61 Solo violist of the Munich Philharmonic
1961-90 Solo violist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1962-90 Member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1969-82 Business manager of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1980 Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic
1982 Province of Salzburg Grand Decoration of Honour
1986-90 Again business manager of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1994 City of Vienna Prize for Music
1998 – President of the AKM (Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers)