|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love||14||Audio||1999||TCB Music (2)|
|2||The Minimalism Of Erik Satie||11||Audio||1989||hat ART|
|3||Plays For Jean Cocteau||18||Audio||1995||Amadeo|
|4||The Minimalism Of Erik Satie||12||Audio||1984||Hat Hut Records|
|5||Tango From Obango||6||Audio||1980|
|6||Suite For The Green Eighties||9||Audio||1982||Hat Hut Records|
|7||Suite For The Green Eighties||8||Audio||1990||Hat ART|
|8||Concerto Piccolo||5||Audio||1990||Hat ART|
|9||A Notion In Perpetual Motion||10||Audio||1992||Hat ART|
|10||A Notion In Perpetual Motian||10||Audio||2010||hatOLOGY|
|12||Jazzbühne Berlin '85||5||Audio||1985||AMIGA|
|13||Tango From Obango||38||Audio||1997|
|14||Inside Out - Live '87||12||Audio||1988|
|16||The Minimalism Of Erik Satie||11||Audio||2008||hatOLOGY|
|17||Jessas Na !||2||Audio||1977||Art Records (5)|
|18||Art & Fun||28||Audio||2002|
|19||The Minimalism Of Erik Satie||11||Audio||2001||hatOLOGY|
|20||Jessas Na !||2||Audio||1992|
|21||From No Time to Rag Time||8||Audio||1983||Hat Hut Records|
|22||The Innocence Of Clichés||10||Audio||1990||Amadeo|
|23||Perpetuum Mobile||11||Audio||1985||Hat Hut Records|
|24||All That Strauss Vol. 2||11||Audio||2008-04-25||Art Records (5)|
|25||The Original Charts||14||Audio||1994||Verve Records|
|26||Two Little Animals||7||Audio||1988||Moers Music|
|27||The Big Band Years||62||Audio||2010-12-13||EmArcy|
|28||Concerto Piccolo||5||Audio||1981||Hat Hut Records|
|29||Live In Vienna 1989 - Highlights 1977 - 90||14||Audio||1992||Amadeo|
|30||Blues For Brahms||9||Audio||1989||Amadeo|
|31||Two Little Animals||7||Audio||1988||Moers Music|
|32||Swiss Swing||8||Audio||1986||Moers Music|
|33||Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer||13||Audio||1986||Moers Music|
|34||The Innocence Of Clichés||8||Audio||1990||Amadeo|
|35||Jazzbühne Berlin '85||5||Audio||1986||AMIGA|
|37||Blues For Brahms||11||Audio||1989||Amadeo|
|38||Big Band Poesie||12||Audio||2004|
|39||All That Strauss||13||Audio||2000||TCB Records (2)|
|40||20th Anniversary - 1977-1997||25||Audio||1997|
|41||Concerto Piccolo||5||Audio||1981||Hat Hut Records|
|42||Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 1||6||Audio||1986||Moers Music|
|43||Nightride Of A Lonely Saxophoneplayer Vol. 2||7||Audio||1986||Moers Music|
Founded in 1977 by director and composer Mathias Rüegg, the band started out by performing Rüegg's distinctive postmodern compositions on stages throughout Europe. Among the founding musicians were saxophonists Wolfgang Puschnig and Harry Sokal, singer Lauren Newton, and tuba player Jon Sass. In 1980 the ensemble signed a recording contract with the Swiss hatART label, and in 1984 it toured the United States for the first time.
The group essentially disbanded for a brief period at the end of the 1980s. In 1992 the VAO opened a new phase with a smaller complement of musicians. The band played fewer of Rüegg's compositions and concentrated on arrangements of works by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and other noted American jazz composers, as well as music inspired by the classical music of Verdi, Wagner, Schubert, and Erik Satie.
In 1997 the ensemble's personnel changed once again, increasing in size and adding younger musicians. New compositions by Rüegg became a regular feature of VAO concerts, which often included visual and dramatic elements.
The Vienna Art Orchestra has performed more than 800 concerts and released more than 35 recordings. The film An Echo from Europe: Vienna Art Orchestra on Tour by Othmar Schmiderer was released in 1998.
The ensemble was nominated for an Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2001 for the album All That Strauss, and again in 2003 for Art and Fun.
On July 10, 2010, Mathias Rüegg announced that the Vienna Art Orchestra had been disbanded for financial reasons.