The Career Of Talented Austrian clarinetist, Andreas Ottensamer

The Career Of Talented Austrian clarinetist, Andreas Ottensamer

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 piano, at a young at of ten, he started playing cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Wolfgang Herzer. He only started his focus on 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 to become a scholar of 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 clarinettist since March 2011. Ottensamer has received first prizes in clarinet, cello, and piano contests, and he plays as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world 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 all over the world, appears on television and radio, and produced 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.

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