WISE: Wien – International Soloists Ensemble

"My language is understood throughout the world." - Joseph Haydn

With a vocabulary that ranges from “historical performance practice” to “contemporary playing techniques” and with a line-up that allows for the most miniature possible chamber music as well as orchestral sound, WISE is one of the most flexible and exciting ensembles that the world capital of music has to offer. Founded in 2013 by established and passionate musicians from all over the Globe to create, push the boundaries, and bring art music closer to the broadest audience possible, it is essential for the WISE musicians to overcome geographical, social, and cultural borders through their music, promote intercultural understanding, and contribute to a diverse and open society.

WISE after the “Verbindungen” Concert, the closing ceremony of the “I Dream a World” WISE Rebel! CRO-ArT Festival 2022

W is for Wien:

WISE is based in Vienna, the city of classical music. We have a solid connection to the long-standing musical tradition and play many fruits of the rich repertoire spanning centuries of history, ranging from chamber to orchestral music. Still, we also find and breathe life into new exciting works of high musical quality and beauty, blending the genres and questioning the status quo. 

I is for International:

WISE members come from all corners of the globe, and they must do. Through exemplary musicianship, we can connect, cooperate, and create beauty with one another, no matter our geographical, cultural, or social background. We cherish our differences and try to bring them together through the universal language of music to enrich our interpretations through different perspectives.

S is for Soloists:

The soloist is a grandmaster of their instrument. A master-instrumentalist has spent thousands of hours alone with their instrument in attaining the ability to reach a meditative state of playing with perfect grace at will and under any performance pressure. All members of WISE take pride in having reached this level individually. Still, the beauty of chamber music lies therein, that the egotism of individuality (although it remains present) is put behind solidarity and harmony.

E is for Ensemble

Ensemble means together at the same time. But definition itself does not make an ensemble – it is the ability to understand the music and each other entirely and, by thinking, feeling, and playing in absolute harmony, create the interpretation that will touch the listener, make them believe, open them to new perspectives, and maybe even inspire.

WISE, Andrea Nikolic – violin & Mladen Tarbuk – conductor, performing Gabriele Proy’s Violin Concerto “Campanulaceae” at the CRO-ArT Festival 2021.

Under the leadership of Andrea Nikolić WISE is curating a decade long concert season in the prestigious Barocksaal of the Bank Austria Salon im Alten Rathaus in the heart of Vienna. With great enthusiasm and international success they are curating a festival of new music CRO-ArT in Vienna and are artists in residence of the VaClaF: Vareš Classic Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With their programmes they are pushing the boundaries and thrilling the audiences and critics alike. One of the most influential music magazines in the world Der neue Merker has named the WISE and their innovative programmes a “grandiose success”, “imaginative, impetuous, technically perfect” and international media has been reporting on the importance and quality of the festivals WISE is creating and playing at. 

WISE on Tour with Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Erwin Ortner, Lisinski Hall Zagreb, Croatia

One of the very notable tours of the Ensemble was with the famous Arnold Schönberg Choir (voted as the best opera choir in the world) under the leadership of the Austrian conductor Erwin Ortner, performing J. S. Bach‘s Johannes-Passion in 2017. The ensemble has toured Europe and worldwide since its inception, with great success and many exciting journeys to come. In 2023, they are coming to China for the first time in the formation of a piano quintet. 

Andrea Nikolic & Natasa Veljkovic: premiering a new piece by Margareta Ferek Petric, “Wirrwarr Song No.3: Impeach the Kitsch!” at the WISE Rebel! CRO-ArT Festival 2022

WISE regularly collaborates with world-class artists, performers and composers alike, such as world famous pianist Nataša Veljković, flautist and director of Arnold Schönberg Center Ulrike Anton, conductor and composer Mladen Tarbuk, award winning singers Matija Meić (Munich Opera Gärtnerplatz), Josipa Bainac Hausknecht (Mozarteum Salzburg/mdw Wien), Ivana Nikolic (University Koblenz, soloist, guest Oboist of Klangforum Wien), Markus Deuter (Klangforum Wien) composers Margareta Ferek Petrić (artistic director of Zagreb Biennale), some of  Austrian biggest names in composition: Gabriele Proy, Meinhard Rüdenauer, Belma Bešlić Gal, Johanna Doderer, Andjelko Igrec and many more. In 2019 WISE performed at the 40th anniversary of the UN Headquarters Vienna, and had a trailblazing performance at the Austra Center in front of 3000 guests from all around the world.

WISE at the Austria Center, playing for 3000 people

In the pandemic years WISE started a new festival of contemporary music and art “WISE Rebel! CRO-ArT Festival” which reached a worldwide audience through its online formats and presented unheard and underrepresented music of contemporary composers from Croatia, Austria and all around the world. WISE has ended the year 2022 with the festive concert in the famous Viennese Konzerthaus – Mozartsaal with new work by Margareta Ferek Petrić dedicated to Andrea and Ivana Nikolić and is celebrating its 10th anniversary with world class concerts and tours in 2023/2024. Some of the guests include singers Martina Menegoni (Bayreuth Fellow and Scholar) and Matija Mejić (soloist at the Gärtnerplatz Theater Munich), Amir Amiri (world class santoor player), fantastic guitarists Sanel Redžić and Boško Jović, and many more. In September 2023 they are embarking on a 28 days long tour of China, from 07 September – 05 October with up to 18 concerts, following with residencies at the VaClaF and CRO-ArT Festivals in Vareš and Vienna respectfully, starting on 13th of October until 16th of December 2023.

Andrea Nikolic is leading and conducting WISE in J. B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the final concert of the VaClaF: Vares Classic Festival 2018.

In 2023, when WISE is celebrating its 10th anniversary, composers in residence are Gabriele Proy and Meinhard Rüdenauer.

Meinhard Rüdenauer, Ivana Nikolic, Gabriele Proy & Andrea Nikolic

To mark a new chapter of the Ensemble, while being established as a large mixed chamber ensemble/orchestra, three official chamber groups under the WISE Chamber Music Society have emerged:

  • IWA Trio: Ivana Nikolic – oboe, Weronika Izabela Strugala – cello, Andrea Nikolic – violin
  • CIPRA Quartet: Andrea Nikolić – violin1, Angela Chia Chen Lin – violin2, Weronika Izert – viola, Weronika Izabella Strugala – violoncello
  • WISE Piano Quintet: Stipe Bilic – piano, Andrea Nikolic – violin1, Dominika Witowicz – violin2, Giuseppe Zappala – viola, ConstantinSiepermann – violoncello

On our NEWS page, you can follow all the updates on every WISE event, ensemble, and project in the following months. More materials are coming soon in the MEDIA department!



WISE: Wien International Soloists Ensemble 

„Meine Sprache versteht man durch die ganze Welt!“

Joseph Haydn

    Mit  einem  Vokabular,  das  von  „historischer  Aufführungspraxis“ bis  „zeitgenössische  Spieltechniken“  reicht,  und  mit  einer Besetzung,  die  kleinstmögliche  Kammermusik  ebenso  ermöglicht, wie  orchestralen  Sound,  ist  WISE  eines  der  flexibelsten  und aufregendsten  Ensembles,  das  die  Welthauptstadt  der  Musik  zu bieten hat. 

Darüber hinaus ist es den MusikerInnen von WISE ein besonderes Anliegen,  durch  ihr  Wirken  geographische,  soziale  und  kulturelle Grenzen  zu  überwinden,  die  interkulturelle  Verständigung  zu fördern  und  zu  einer  diversen  und  offenen  Gesellschaft  beizutragen. 

    WISE setzt  sich  aus  MusikerInnen  zusammen,  die,  aus  den unterschiedlichsten  Regionen  der  Welt  stammend,  Wien  zu  ihrer Wahlheimat gemacht haben und 2013 zusammenfanden. Seitdem führen sie regelmäßige Konzertsaison in Wien, sowie Tourneen und Gastspiele international. Highlights sind:  Tournee im April  2017 mit Arnold  Schoenberg Chor  unter  Erwin Ortner, Ensemble  in  residence  beim  Vareš  Classic  Festival in  Bosnien  und  Herzegowina,  “WISE Rebel! 2020” und das neu gegründete “CRO-ArT Festival” der zeitgenössischen Musik, für das Beethoven-Jahr 2020 und die kroatische Ratspräsidentschaft der EU in Österreich. In 2023 Feiert das CRO-ArT Festival Wien sein 4. Geburtstag und verbreitet sich international.

    WISE arbeitet gerne mit zeitgenössischen KomponistInnen und außergewöhnlichen KünstlerInnen zusammen, wie z. Beispiel ExilArte Zentrum, Nataša Veljković, Johanna Doderer, Meinhard Rüdenauer, Mladen Tarbuk, Andjelko Igrec, Gabriele Proy und vielen mehr. In 2022. haben sie Ihre Konzertreihe im Wiener Konzerthaus abgeschloßen und in 2023 feiern sie das 10-jährige Jubiläum.

Composers in Residence sind Gabriele Proy und Meinhard Rüdenauer.

Um das Jubiläum zu feiern und neue Wege und Räume zu schaffen, zusätzlich zu dem etablierten gemischten großen WISE Kammerensemble/Kammerorchester, haben sich drei neue Ensembles innerhalb des Kammermusikvereins WISE profiliert:

  • IWA Trio: Ivana Nikolic – Oboe, Weronika Izabela Strugala – Violoncello, Andrea Nikolic – Violine
  • CIPRA Quartet: Andrea Nikolić – Violine1, Angela Chia Chen Lin – Violine2, Weronika Izert – Viola, Weronika Izabella Strugala – Violoncello
  • WISE Piano Quintet: Stipe Bilic – Klavier, Andrea Nikolic – Violine1, Dominika Witowicz – Violine2, Giuseppe Zappala – Viola, ConstantinSiepermann – Violoncello

    In den kommenden Saisons freut sich das Ensemble auf internationale Festivals und Tourneen europa- und weltweit, im September 2023 zum ersten Mal auch in China. In 2024 werden die Tonträger mit den für WISE geschriebenen Werken veröffentlicht.

Gründerin und künstlerische Leiterin ist  die  Geigerin/Bratschistin/Dirigentin Andrea  Nikolić.  

Related Stories