The Johann Strauss Ensemble is an Austrian group of about 20 musicians led by violinist Russell McGregor, who was born in Oxford, England and grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
McGregor completed his Diploma of Arts in Music at the Victorian College of the Arts and has been living in Vienna, Austria since 1992. He is a member of the Vienna Concertverein and performs regularly with the Camerata Salzburg. From 1994-1996 he was the concertmaster with the Vienna Chamber Opera company, and since 1997 conducts and leads the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra. McGregor is also an proficient player of chamber music,with tours to Bulagaria, Indonesia, Canada, Japan and England.
Johann Strauss and Viennese music
Russell McGregor conducts in the Golden hall in the Musikverein, Vienna concert hall and has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Ildiko Raimondi and many others. A particular highlight was a Strauss concert in the world famous Opera house in Sydney, Australia. In South America Russell McGregor performed Viennese music in football stadiums to 15,000-20,000 people. Furthermore, he is invited yearly to perform and teach in Iran.
He performs as a highly successful conductor/soloist with the Johann Strauss Ensemble regularly in Austria and throughout the world to considerable acclaim. His charm and musical entertainment is legendary when he takes audiences on a musical journey. Confirmation of his success is that many of the concert venues demand repeat performances.
Together with the Johann Strauss Ensemble, McGregor performs many concerts in Austria and have played shows in Spain, Hungary, China, Japan, USA, South America and Australia. Russell McGregor plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin from 1697.
For more information, visit the official Johann Strauss Ensemble website.