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Music as­so­ci­a­tion of Graz Lin­ien

Our employees are also out and about from a musical perspective – in the music association of Graz Linien and the company’s own big band.

Musikverein Graz Linien
© Andreas Müller

Graz Linien music association

In 1921, the assistant ticket collector Adolf Sperling founded the music association for the employees of the “Grazer Tramway Gesellschaft” as the company was known at the time. During the war, the activities of the musicians were heavily restricted; between the spring of 1944 and the summer of 1945 they were suspended entirely.

On 16 July 1945, rehearsals resumed with 13 musicians; the first post-war concert took place in the autumn of 1945. Gradually the fine reputation of our orchestra grew and thus there were regular radio recordings from as early as 1947. The general social development meant that in 1977 the band only comprised 13 musicians – the same number as when it was founded. Thanks to the support and the understanding of the Executive Board of Holding Graz (formerly Grazer Stadtwerke AG) and the management of Graz Linien (formerly Grazer Verkehrsbetriebe), there was a gratifying growth in interest and thus a continuous increase in the number of active musicians.

1982, with one year delay, saw the 60-year anniversary of the music association’s existence marked with a special celebration. In 1996, the music association celebrated its 75-year anniversary. The presentation of the “Robert Stolz Medal” and of the “Styrian Panther” took place in the aula of the Old University in May 2009.

In 2011, the Graz Linien music association celebrated its 90-year anniversary and can look back with pride at many appearances at concerts and events as well as some CD productions of its own and prizes that it was awarded at reviews.

Chairman of the Graz Linien music association:

Dipl. Ing. Andreas Solymos

Werner Gollenz (since 2020)

Facebook page of the music association
Musikverein Graz Linien
© Andreas Müller
Andreas Solymos
Portrait von Mobility Lab Projektleiter Andreas Solymos.

Dipl. Ing. Andreas Solymos

Chairman of Music Association at Graz Linien

It is planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Graz Linien Music Association on 11 September 2021 at the Schloßberg in Graz, if the COVID 19 situation permits. At this festival, which will take place in the casemates, we would like to make the Schloßberg resound. Guest bands from Styria will support us.

At the moment we cannot give any details about the festival programme. It is also not yet certain whether the festival can take place at all. The members and friends of the Musikverein der Graz Linien will be informed via the media.


Contact & Bookings:

Erwin Reichert

Phone: +43 316 887-4246

Mobile: +43 664 83 45 251

Mail: [email protected]

As the musical ambassador of the Holding Graz Group, we have been an integral part of the Styrian music scene since 1996. The orchestra consists mainly of Graz Linien employees, but some guests also support our big band.

Motto of our Big Band: “We make every performance an unforgettable experience, be it a ball, concert, wedding or company event. Our big band makes every audience swing!”