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Andreas Ottensamer

– World management as conductor, except Asia –

Andreas Ottensamer has captured audiences and critics alike with his distinct musicianship and versatility as a conductor, clarinetist and artistic director.


The artist is considered one of the leading instrumentalists of our time. He performs as a clarinet soloist with some of the most renowned orchestras and conductors in the world’s major concert halls.


Since January 2021 Ottensamer has taken the podium as a conductor.


He gave his UK conducting debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has delivered electrifying performances with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, amongst others. Future engagements will take him to the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Gulbenkian Orquestra in Lisbon.


In August 2021 Ottensamer was awarded the Neeme Järvi Prize of the Gstaad Festival Conducting Academy.


He is artistic director of the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland. His chamber music partners include Yuja Wang, Seong-Jin Cho, Lisa Batiashvili, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gautier Capuçon and Sol Gabetta.


Andreas Ottensamer has an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon since 2013. For his album Blue Hour, featuring works of Weber, Mendelssohn and Brahms, he collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons and received his second Opus Klassik award as “Instrumentalist of the year”.


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


In addition to his conducting studies with Professor Nicolas Pasquet in Weimar, Ottensamer took part in master classes with Professor Johannes Schlaefli and Jaap van Zweden.


Ottensamer has been principal clarinetist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since March 2011.

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