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Andreas Ottensamer: Bio

The Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has captured audiences and critics alike with the singular beauty of tone that he coaxes from the instrument.

Ottensamer performs as a soloist in the major concert halls around the world, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert and Lorenzo Viotti.

His artistic partnerships as a chamber musician include work with Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Nemanja Radulovic, Nicolas Altst?dt and Sol Gabetta. In 2005 Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio "The Clarinotts" with his father Ernst and brother Daniel.

He is also artistic director of the " B?rgenstock Festival" in Switzerland, together with pianist Jos? Gallardo, and the "Artstr?m Festival" in Berlin.

In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered into an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. For his second album, "Brahms  The Hungarian Connection", Ottensamer was awarded the ECHO KLASSIK as "Instrumentalist of the year 2015". He went on to record "New Era" on the Decca Classics label, performing repertoire of the Mannheim school with Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

This season sees the release of his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, "Blue Hour", a collaboration with Yuja Wang, Maris Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by Weber, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

For the 2017/18 season, Ottensamer held the title "Artist in Residence" with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as well as being "Menuhin Heritage Artist" with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and "Junger Wilder" at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In May 2019 he is Artist in Residence at the Schwetzingen Festival. Other highlights of the 2018/19 season include guest solo performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival where he performs the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg and Lorenzo Viotti. He performs in the Utzon Recital series at Sydney Opera House and makes his solo Carnegie Hall debut with pianist Yuja Wang. In January 2020 he performs the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Salzburg Mozartwoche.

Andreas Ottensamer was born in 1989 in Vienna. He comes from an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians and was drawn to music early, receiving his first piano lessons when he was four. At the age of ten he began studying cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, switching to the clarinet in 2003.

In 2009 he interrupted his Harvard undergraduate studies to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Since March 2011 Ottensamer is principal clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

1 Brahms: Allegro - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
2 Brahms: Adagio - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
3 Brahms: Andantino - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
4 Brahms: Con moto - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
5 Brahms: Two Waltzes in A Major
6 Brahms/Remenyi: Hungarian Dance No.7
7 Brahms/Borzo: Hungarian Dance No. 1
8 Weiner: Ket Tetel - Busulo juhasz
9 Weiner: Ket Tetel - Csűrdongolo
10 Trad: Dances From Transylvania
Andreas Ottensamer - Brahms: Two Waltzes (+ English interview)

Austrian clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer releases a new album on Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon which explores the connections Brahms had to Hungarian folk music.  Joined by a virtuoso ensemble of musicians, Ottensamer records Brahms' Clarinet Quintet combined with Hungarian dances and waltzes by Brahms, all newly arranged to include additional material from Brahms' original musical sources, with an authentic folk twist.

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