Founded in 1842, the Wiener Philharmoniker is one of the finest ensembles in the world. It is the only orchestra governed by the musicians themselves, most of whom remain with the Philharmonic for a lifetime.
- Only a musician who plays in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra (originally Court Opera Orchestra) can become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic.
- The orchestra is artistically, organizationally and financially autonomous, and all decisions are reached on a democratic basis during the general meeting of all members.
- The day-to-day management is the responsibility of a democratically elected body, the administrative committee