Andreas Ottensamer

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Principal Clarinet - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Andreas Ottensamer, child of an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians, received his first piano lessons when he was four, and in 1999 began studying cello in his home town at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, changing to the clarinet under Johann Hindler in 2003. He also studied at Harvard University in the United States.

Andreas Ottensamer gained his first orchestral as a substitute in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic and as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. In 2009 he interrupted his studies of the “liberal arts” at Harvard University to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. From July 2010 to February 2011, he was a member of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as principal clarinetist. In March 2011, he assumed the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

He has won first prize in many competitions for clarinet, cello and piano, and performs as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. Artistic partnerships include Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, Angelika Kirchschlager, Julian Rachlin and Yo-Yo Ma. In 2005 Andreas Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio The Clarinotts with his father Ernst and brother Daniel, both solo clarinetists in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic. Several works have been dedicated to the ensemble which has also recorded a CD with Gramola Vienna.

Andreas Ottensamer finds balance to his musical activities through sports: he was a tennis tournament player for many years, and together with his brother, he founded his own football club, the Wiener Virtuosen, in 2007. The team plays very successfully in the Wiener DSG league and even today, the musician travels to Vienna for matches as often as possible.