Supercussion Vienna was founded in 1997 by Gerhard Windbacher and Josef Gumpinger and emerged from the ORF Supercussion. The latter was not only responsible for Austrian Radio Television productions but also for major events in the important concert venues of Vienna, Austria, and throughout Europe. The plan to expand the ORF Supercussion to other Austrian orchestras was successfully realised with the establishment of Supercussion Vienna. All the members of the ensemble hold first timpani or percussion chairs in the following orchestras: Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphonic, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Stage Orchestra of the Austrian Federal Theatres, Orchestra of the United Stages Vienna and, of course, the Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Vienna. The main goals of the group are to work together on a broad basis, to collect and maintain percussion literature, and to promote works by contemporary composers providing models for young Austrian musicians. Five members of the ensemble also work to realise these goals through their teaching positions in Classical, Jazz and Latin Percussion at the Vienna and Linz Conservatories of Music and at the Academy of Music in Graz / Oberschützen. Through this pool of different approaches the ensemble is more than qualified to serve the high standards set by contemporary composers. More than ever, orchestra section percussion has seen a tremendous growth of repertoire in this century. Supercussion intends to raise consciousness for percussion music in Austria in the coming years. This idea has already found an enthusiastic response with many of Austria’s leading artists.