The zither has a particularly long and rich history in Vienna. Synonymouswith the charm of the city at its most relaxed, its sound immediately trans-ports its listeners to the Viennese salons of yesteryear or the hostelries andHeuriger wine taverns that still flourish in the citys leafy suburbs.
The sound of the Vienna zither won immortal fame through the world-famousmusic composed and performed by Anton Karas for the film The Third Man(1949).
One of Austrias best-known zither soloists, Cornelia Mayer has an intimateassociation with Viennese music.Central to her repertoire are compositions bysuch grand masters of the zither as Franz Kropf (Empress Sisis zither teacher),Carl Umlauf (who founded the Vienna school of zither-playing), and HansLanner ( Chamber Zither-Player to the last Austrian monarch Emperor Karl).
Cornelia Mayer is the only zither-player in the world today whose perfor-mances authentically recreate the distinctive Anton Karas sound.
Performing highlights: Zither concert,Vienna Musikverein; 2005, BelvederePalace,50th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty; England,concerts for theAnglo-Austrian Society; 2009, Nrnberg Symphony Orchestra New Yearsconcert; solo concerts for the Wiener Volksliedwerk and Musikkultur LowerAustria in Krems. CD recordings for Extraplatte and EMI.
When I close my eyes and listen to Cornelia Mayer, I hear Grandad.Werner Chudik, grandson of Anton Karas
Zither music for concerts, eventsand private parties
Repertoire for concerts and events:Music from the cult film The Third Man
Viennese salon and Heuriger musicClassical concert pieces
Music from jazz, pop and film