Wolfgang – discover the music

Innovative app for live classical music

Wolfgang is an innovative smartphone app for live classical music. During a concert Wolfgang provides the audience with narrative explanation about what it can hear – at that very moment – in the music. This makes the app a perfect tool for visitors to audience appreciate and experience classical music more intensely. Johan Idema initiated Wolfgang in close cooperation with Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Dutch design agency Fabrique. 

How does Wolfgang work?
Start Wolfgang before the concert begins. Enjoy the music, while Wolfgang tells you about what you hear. A glance now and then on your smartphone is sufficient. Wolfgang offers you short, well-timed ‘subtitles’. You will have more than enough time to look around and enjoy to the music. Wolfgang has been tested no to distract others.

Why Wolfgang?
Wolfgang is an innovative application of mobile technology in the classical concert hall. It aims to enrich the live classical concert experience by providing the audience with real time explanation and narration. By doing so, Wolfgang can make classical music more approachable and increase audience engagement.

Wolfgang is a showcase how we can apply current technology to innovate the arts experience. It hopes to stimulate the discussion about the classical concert formula and the future of live classical music.

Wolfgang is an initiative of Johan Idema, in close cooperation with Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) and Dutch design agency Fabrique. De Doelen, TivoliVredenburg and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra have been involved from an early stage.

Wolfgang has been made possible with the generous support of Stichting DOEN and VSBfonds.


Visit the Wolfgang website here