Salzburg Cultural Association

A Success Story

In the course of its long history, the Salzburg Cultural Association (Salzburger Kulturvereinigung) has established itself as the leading concert promoter in the city of Mozart. It presents renowned local and international orchestras, conductors and artists as well as aspiring young names from the world of classical music to the Salzburg public. Through its year-round activities, the Salzburg Cultural Association is responsible for a considerable part of the symphonic musical life of the city and is the only organisation to invite international orchestras to the main venue of the Salzburg Festival – the Großes Festspielhaus (Great Festival Hall) – outside festival hours.  

The Salzburg Cultural Association unites three central themes under one roof: it organises concerts,
the Salzburg Street Theatre and manages the Georg Trakl Research and Memorial Site.
Over the decades, the Salzburg Cultural Association has established itself as a leading concert promoter and strong cultural brand.

Since 2018  the new artistic director of the Salzburg Cultural Association is Thomas Heißbauer. In this 2020/21 season you can look forward to artists such as Jan Lisiecki, Elisabeth Kulman, Leila Josefowicz, Baiba Skride, Nikolaus Habjan, Daniel Lozakovich, Benjamin Schmid, Silver-Garburg, Iván Fischer, Alain Altinoglu, Neeme Järvi, Krzysztof Urbański, Matthew Halls, Constantin Trinks, Leo McFall, François Leleux and to top orchestras from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Estonia and Czech Republic such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonie Brno and Belgian National Orchestra.

The concert season includes a cycle of 9 subscription concerts in the Great Festival Hall, the Salzburg Culture Days - The Music Festival in Autumn at various venues, the Carnival Matinee in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation and the New Year's Eve concerts with the New Year's Eve Gala in the Great University Hall and three New Year's concerts in the Great Festival Hall. 

The concerts, the heart of the Salzburg Cultural Association, are reinforced by additional music education formats. The cultural association would like to cordially invite all concert visitors, young, old, new or experienced, to engage in music outside the concert hall. According to the motto: dive curiously into the material or just deeper. 

In order to make the concert hall even more attractive for young visitors, the Salzburg Cultural Association not only organizes the annual student and apprentice concerts in the Great Festspielhaus, which are accepted with great success. From now on, first-class concert tickets are available for all under 27 years of age at € 12 in the best category still available. 

In addition to classical music, the music festival Salzburger Kulturtage (Salzburg Cultural Days) are also open to other genres and music formats. Seen in this light, the music festival in autumn stands for diversity: musical, artistic and human. The venues are the Great Festival Hall (Großes Festspielhaus), the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation (Großers Saal der Stiftung Mozarteum) and
the Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg). 

The programme for the turn of the year focuses on traditions: On New Year's Eve there will be two New Year's Eve galas in the SZENE Salzburg. On 1 January 2021, the Salzburg Cultural Association will be holding two New Year's concerts in the Great Festival Hall (Großes Festspielhaus).

The administration and ticket office of the Salzburg Cultural Association is located in the birthplace of the Salzburg poet Georg Trakl on Waagplatz. The Salzburg Cultural Association also maintains the Georg Trakl Research and Memorial Site here. 

With the Salzburg Street Theatre (Salzburger Straßentheater), the Salzburg Cultural Association enables high-quality, modern theatre (in German language) with first-class actors on the squares and streets in the city and province of Salzburg with free admission.  In the summer of 2019, the Salzburg Street Theatre will have its first premiere in its history. 

As a supporting member, you can directly support the commitment of the Salzburg Cultural Association to youth and young talent work and help to realise a wide variety of projects. In return, you enjoy attractive advantages as a Red/Silver/Gold Card holder. You can find more information here.


Current Numbers 2019

In 2019, the Salzburg Cultural Association organised a total of 99 concerts, lectures, street theatre performances and Trakl readings for almost 80,000 visitors. 

70% of subscribers attend each subscription concert on average. The Salzburg Cultural Association has a total of 4,900 subscribers.

94.4% of all revenues in 2019 (total revenues in 2019 around €2.7 million) were generated by ticket sales and private sponsors themselves. 5.6% were subsidised by the City and State of Salzburg.

Präsidium & Kuratorium


Mag. Hans Schinwald



Dr. Heinz Erich Klier



Dr. Willfried Kaforka



Mag. Hilla Lindhuber


Presidium & Board of Trustees

Mag. Hans Schinwald, President
Dr. Heinz Erich Klier, Vice President
Dr. Willfried Kaforka, Vice President
Mag. Hilla Lindhuber, Vice President

Board of Trustees
Michael Porenta, chairman
Dr. Gerfried Brandstetter
Susanne Czepl-Zrost
Roland Egger
Waltraud Hofmeister
Birgit Huber
Peter Illmer
Dieter Pape
Mag. Veit Salentinig
Gerhard Schmidt
Renate Wurm

Gerald Gruber
Dr. Jakob Weilharter