Andreas Ottensamer is a talented Austrian clarinetist born in Vienna on the fourth of April 1989. The artist has gotten his capabilities at a young age from his family of artists.
At four, he started playing piano, and at the young age of ten, he began playing the cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Herzer.
He started learning the clarinet in 2003 with Johann Hindler. Then for college, he went to the US to study at Harvard.
The artist’s passion was for the clarinet and orchestra; Ottensamer received his first orchestral experience as a deputy in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic and as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
In 2009 he stopped his Harvard studies so he could be a scholar at the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Ottensamer was the main clarinettist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from July 2010 to February 2011.
He has been the Berliner Philharmoniker's lead clarinetist since March 2011. Ottensamer has received first prizes in clarinet, cello, and piano contests, and he plays as a soloist and chamber musician globally with the Vienna Virtuosi and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
In 2005, he founded the clarinet trio The Clarinotts with his father, Ernst Ottensamer, and older brother Daniel Ottensamer. The group undertakes performance tours in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, participates in festivals worldwide, and appears on television and radio.
The group also made a CD for Gramola Vienna and Octavia Records in 1999. Andreas Ottensamer signed an exclusive recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon in February 2013. In June 2013, he released his debut CD with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.