This year, »Hollywood in Vienna« invites you to an unforgettable musical journey to the fantastic vastness of space and time.

Dates: 13. und 14.10.2016

The music of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY leads us to outer space and makes us experience its infinite dimension.
INTERSTELLAR, between the stars, we enter the infamous, global STAR WARS and are rescued by STAR TREK’s spaceship »Enterprise«, leading us to faraway musical galaxies, where no man has gone, before.
We get in CONTACT with extraterrestrials and a five-tone motif helps us to communicate with them in a CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND.
Finally, we fulfill E.T.‘s wish, to phone home.



Within the second part of the concert, we honor the composer of the upcoming STAR WARS – ROGUE ONE movie the Oscar- and Golden Globe winner Alexandre Desplat.

Alexandre Desplat is the recipient of this year’s Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, which will be presented at the annual Hollywood in Vienna Concert Gala at Vienna Concert Hall on October 14, 2016. The Max Steiner Award honors extraordinary achievements within the genre of film music by the musical capital of Austria, Vienna. Previous recipients of the honor include James Horner, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin and John Barry.

His atmospheric melodies for HARRY POTTER, TWILIGHTTHE KING’S SPEECHTHE IMITATION GAME And THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL amongst others let us virtually float through the universe.

Conductor: Music Director of the Boston Pops, Keith Lockart
Presenter: Hollywood film expert Steven Gätjen

We wish you a galactically beautiful evening!

The ticket sales start on Wednesday April 27th, 2016.
The concert on October 13th complies artistically with the gala-concert on October 14th, 2016; the festive award presentation to Alexandre Desplat takes place on October 14th, only.
The concert is recorded for TV and radio and broadcast internationally.
Evening attire required.

Alexandre Desplat was born in Paris in 1961. At the age of 6, he started taking piano lessons and continued with flute and trumped lessons at 8 and 10, respectively. At the same time, he wrote his first compositions and later continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.

Desplat wrote his first film score for Robert Guédiguian’s comedy »Ki lo sa« in 1981. Since then, Alexandre Desplat scored more than 160 movies. He received 8 ACADEMY AWARD and 8 GOLDEN GLOBE nominations and was awarded with an OSCAR, GOLDEN GLOBE and 2 GRAMMYS.

In his early days, Desplat collaborated with such renowned European film directors like Jacques Audiard, Marleen Gorris and Patrice Leconte. With his preference for lyrical, elegant orchestrations and precise dramatization, Desplat soon received international attention.

Im 2003, Alexandre Desplat composed the music to Peter Webber’s historical drama THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. The sensual film score was nominated for the Golden Globe, the British Academy Film Award and the European Film Price. It marked his international break through as a film composer and made him known in Hollywood.

One year later, he was again praised by critics for his music to Jonathan Glazer’s drama BIRTH with Nicole Kidman, cementing his position in the A-liga of Hollywood composers.

Since then, Desplat has become indispensable for such leading directors like Roman Polanski, Stephen Frears, Wes Anderson, Ang Lee, David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and George Clooney.

For his music to Jacques Audiard’s drama THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, Desplat received the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2005 as well as the César in 2006. He subsequently received two Golden Globe nominations in 2006 and 2007 for his scores to the political drama SYRIANA (2005) and the romantic drama THE PAINTED VEILwith Naomi Watts, the latter finally earning him the Golden Globe. In 2007, Desplat also received an Oscar nomination as well as the European Film Price award for his music to Stephen Frears’ Elizabeth II. biography THE QUEEN.

He was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award for the scores to David Fischer’s screen adaptation of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008) and Wes Anderson’s animated film FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009). In 2010, Desplat scored HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS -1 &2, Roman Polanki’s THE GHOST WRITER, Chris Weitz’s TWILIGHT – THE NEW MOON and Tom Hooper’s THE KINGS SPEECH, earning him his fourth Oscar nomination within five years. In 2012, he composed the music for  Ben Affleck’s ARGO, which received the Academy Award for the best movie of the year and the fifth Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Desplat. In 2013, he was again nominated for an Oscar for Steven Frear’s PHILOMENA. One year after, Desplat composed the soundtrack for GODZILLA and received two Oscar nominations: for Morten Tyldum’s THE IMITATION GAME and Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. His music for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL was finally awarded with the Oscar.

Presently, Desplat is composing the music to STAR WARS – ROGUE ONE.

Alexandre Desplat can also be seen as an actor in Josiane Balasko’s comedy (1991) alongside Daniel Auteuil and with Matt Damon in George Clooney’s MONUMENTS MAN (2014).

Desplat also writes music for the Comédie Francaise as well as Ballet and is a  jury member of the Festival de Cannes as well as jury president of the Venice Film Festival.


14.10.2016 – Gala Konzert
includes Red Carpet and the »Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award« ceremony

13.10.2016 – Konzert
without Award Ceremony – artistically like the Gala Concert


Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall)
Lothringerstraße 20
1030 Vienna, Austria

Infoline: +43 1 24200-100

Box Office hours
Monday to Friday:
as well as from 45 minutes prior to the performance.