Born in 1989, Andreas Ottensamer 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 the cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, then changed to the clarinet under Johann Hindlerin in 2003.

Andreas Ottensamer gained 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 interrupted his Harvard studies to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is now the principal clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Ottensamer has won first prize in competitions for clarinet, cello and piano, and performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezét-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Pablo Heras-Casado and Alan Gilbert. His artistic partnerships as chamber musician include work with Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Sol Gabetta and Yo-Yo Ma, and together with pianist José Gallardo he is artistic director of the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland.

In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. His second album "Brahms - The Hungarian Connection" won the Echo Klassik Award for Instrumentalist of the Year 2015.

In February 2017 his new album "New Era" was released by Decca Classics and features music by Johann and Carl Stamitz, Danzi and Mozart.

In April and May he performed Carl Maria von Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 under Mariss Jansons in Berin and for Europakonzert in Cyprus, which will also be released on DVD.

In 2005 Andreas Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio The Clarinotts with his father Ernst and brother Daniel, both principal clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic. A CD of the trio was released in 2016 by Deutsche Grammophon.

In 2017/2018 Andreas Ottensamer holds the titles of “Junge Wilde” with the Konzerthaus Dortmund, “Menuhin Heritage Artist” with the Gstaad Festival, as well as “Artist in Residence” with the Kammerakademie Potsdam as well as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

June 19 and 20 2017 at 19.30
Musikverein Graz: The Clarinotts

July 6 2017 at 19.30
Wigmore Hall London: Recital with Jose Gallardo

July 7 2017
Lockenhaus Festival: Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time”

July 15 2017 at 19.30
Bad Brückenau/Staatsbad, König Ludwig I.-Saal: Concert with Daniel Ottensamer

July 18 2017 at 19.30
Gstaad Festival, Rougemont Church: Trio with Nicolas Altstaedt and Dejan Lazic

September 1 2017 at 19.30
Kammerakademie Potsdam at the Nikolai Saal in Potsdam: Opening Gala

September 8 2017 at 19.30
Schloss Esterhazy Eisenstadt: RSO Wien, Cornelius Meister: Carl Stamitz Clarinet concerto number 7

October 11 2017: Poole: Lighthouse
October 12 2017: Bristol, Colston Hall
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits / Hindemith Clarinet Concerto

October 14 and 15 2017
Bürgenstock Festival

October 26 2017
Iceland Symphony Orchestra

October 28 2017 at 19.30
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge: Recital with Jose Gallardo

November 28 2017: Daegu Concert Hall
November 29 2017: Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo
November 30 2017: The Symphony Hall, Osaka
December 1 2017: Peking
December 2 2017: Shenzhen
Musikkollegium Winterthur: Johann Stamitz: Concerto b flat Major / Franz Danzi: Fantasy on "la ci Darem" / Weber: Concertino e flat Major

December 15 2017 at 20.00
Prinzregententheater, Munich with the Kelemen Quartet: Mozart Quintet / Danzi Variations on La Ci Darem (clarinet and string quintet) / Beethoven Septet

January 11 2018
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra with Lorenzo Viotti

January 17 2018: Poole, Lighthouse
January 18 2018: Basingstoke, The Anvil
January 19 2018: Cheltenham, Town Hall
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Halls: Johann Stamitz Clarinet Concerto in Bb / Carl Philip Stamitz Clarinet Concerto in Eb “Darmstädter Konzert“

January 24 2018 at 20.00
Palais Lichtenau in Berlin: Chamber music with the Kammerakademie Potsdam

January 28 2018
Gstaad Festival: Recital with Renaud Capucon

February 7 – 11 2018
Bürgenstock Festival

February 21 2018
Poole, Lighthouse: Recital with Jose Gallardo

February 24 2018
Liszt Academy, Budapest: concert with the Kelemen Quartet

March 3 2018: Nikolaisaal, Potsdam
March 4 2018: Kieler Schloss, Kiel
March 5 2018: Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie Berlin
March 20 2018: Konzerthaus, Dortmund
Kammerakademie Potsdam: Carl Phillip Stamitz Konzert für Klarinette Es-Dur „Darmstädter Konzert“ / Johann Stamitz Konzert für Klarinette B-Dur / Franz Danzi Fantasie über „Reich mir die Hand mein Leben“

March 25 2018 at 11.00
Wigmore Hall, London

March 26 2018
Chur, Switzerland: The Carinotts

March 29 2018
Kurhaus, Baden-Baden: Messiaen Quartet for the end of the Time

April 10 2018: Philharmonie, Berlin
April 15 2018: Filharmonia, Warsaw
April 16 2018: Budapest
Trio recital with Daishin Kajimoto and Yuja Wang: Johannes Brahms - Intermezzi, Op. 117 and Op. 118 for piano (selection) / Igor Stravinsky - Suite from L'Histoire du soldat for violin, clarinet and piano / György Ligeti - Études for Piano / Béla Bartók - Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano

April 23 2018 at 19.30: Vienna Konzerthaus
April 24 2018 at 20.00: Neumarkt
April 25 2018 at 20.00: Philharmonie Cologne
April 26 April 2018 at 20.00: Liederhalle Stuttgart
April 28 2018 at 20.00: Philharmonie Dresden
Amsterdam Sinfonietta: Mozart and Stamitz

May 8 2018
Kleve: The Clarinotts

May 12 2018
Wetzlar: The Clarinotts

June 13 2018
Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie Berlin: Concert with Emmanuel Pahud.

June 21 2018
Auckland Symphony Orchestra: Weber Clarinet concerto number 1

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