Attila J. Glatz
Founder and Executive Producer
Born in Hungary, Attila Glatz studied classical piano at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and performed for many years throughout Hungary, Germany and Switzerland. Today, Attila and his wife Marion divide their time between Vienna, Palm Beach and Toronto, home of their company’s headquarters.
For nearly three decades, Attila Glatz Concert Productions (AGCP) has been a leader in concert production and promotion, community arts development, and festival organization in North America. Founded in 1987, AGCP produces, promotes, and manages classical, jazz, folk, country, film and video game music performances worldwide. Highlights have included an exclusive Toronto engagement of Plácido Domingo, a Strauss/Gershwin Gala in Vienna featuring the late Gregory Peck, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, Lord of the Rings Symphony, Irish folk singer Daniel O’Donnell, Natalie Dessay Sings Michel Legrand, Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits, the Canadian premiere of GLADIATOR LIVE, Itzhak Perlman, the Vienna Boys Choir, and Hungarian violin virtuoso, Zoltán Mága. Most recently, AGCP has promoted the award-winning Munich orchestra KlangVerwaltung.
The company’s signature presentation, Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert is one of the largest concert series of its kind. It is presented across North America in the finest concert halls and venues from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Walt Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles to the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, where the concert series began 22 years ago. Today, more than 700 singers, dancers, and conductors are handpicked for their exceptional talent from Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, and other European cities. More than 10 casts perform more than 20 concerts over the New Year season. The series’ success is owed in part to the authenticity of its European cast, as well as the company’s commitment to hiring local orchestral musicians; Salute to Vienna employs a full orchestra of approximately 65 players in each concert city to highlight the European soloists. As part of the 20th Anniversary Season celebration in 2015, four young Hungarian classical virtuosos performed in Salute to Vienna concerts in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Toronto.
The company’s largest Salute to Vienna production was filmed in Vienna’s esteemed Konzerthaus by PBS. As of autumn 2016, this concert special has aired more than 900 times. Co-hosted by Academy Award-winner, the late Maximilian Schell, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, this televised performance featured the Vienna Boys Choir and world-renowned singers including British tenor, Russell Watson. In 2014, Salute to Vienna returned to the city of its inspiration with over 100 intimate Operetta in Concert performances, again at Vienna’s Konzerthaus. For all this and more, Attila and Marion are proud recipients of the Austrian Government’s prestigious “Decoration of Merit in Gold” for their tireless efforts promoting Austrian culture worldwide.
Marion H. Glatz
Co-Founder and Executive Producer
Born in Berlin, Germany to a Viennese father and Polish mother, Marion Glatz grew up in the midst of those with a passion for both business and the arts. She received her Master of Business diploma (Dipl. Kfm.) in Nuernberg, while at the same time indulging her passion for classical music; a passion that has shaped the course of her working life, which very early on resulted in first prize in an international recording competition that documented the lives of German émigrés.
After relocating to Munich, Mrs. Glatz held several management
positions at leading recording and publishing companies for the 19 years she resided there. In 1983, Mrs. Glatz immigrated to Canada, where she became a partner with her husband, Attila J. Glatz, in their concert production company, and began to lay the ground work for Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert, which today is the largest simultaneously produced concert series in North America.
Mrs. Glatz's Austrian heritage and business acumen lends an authentic understanding and drive to the critical process of developing each year's concert series components.
Her insight into the appeal of Salute to Vienna has successfully shaped initiatives resulting in increased group attendance in key markets; the inclusion of several key corporate sponsors including Delta Hotels in Canada, the Austrian Tourist Board, Trafalgar, and Wien Products; and the continued endorsement of one of Salute to Vienna's musical ambassadors, the world-famous tenor, Plácido Domingo.