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Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang: Bio

The Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has captured audiences and critics alike with the singular beauty of tone that he coaxes from the instrument.

Ottensamer performs as a soloist in the major concert halls around the world, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert and Lorenzo Viotti.

His artistic partnerships as a chamber musician include work with Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Nemanja Radulovic, Nicolas Altst?dt and Sol Gabetta. In 2005 Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio "The Clarinotts" with his father Ernst and brother Daniel.

He is also artistic director of the " B?rgenstock Festival" in Switzerland, together with pianist Jos? Gallardo, and the "Artstr?m Festival" in Berlin.

In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered into an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. For his second album, "Brahms  The Hungarian Connection", Ottensamer was awarded the ECHO KLASSIK as "Instrumentalist of the year 2015". He went on to record "New Era" on the Decca Classics label, performing repertoire of the Mannheim school with Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

This season sees the release of his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, "Blue Hour", a collaboration with Yuja Wang, Maris Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by Weber, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

For the 2017/18 season, Ottensamer held the title "Artist in Residence" with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as well as being "Menuhin Heritage Artist" with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and "Junger Wilder" at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In May 2019 he is Artist in Residence at the Schwetzingen Festival. Other highlights of the 2018/19 season include guest solo performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival where he performs the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg and Lorenzo Viotti. He performs in the Utzon Recital series at Sydney Opera House and makes his solo Carnegie Hall debut with pianist Yuja Wang. In January 2020 he performs the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Salzburg Mozartwoche.

Andreas Ottensamer was born in 1989 in Vienna. He 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 cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, switching 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.

Since March 2011 Ottensamer is principal clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.


Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang's dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the 2018-19 season, which features recitals, concert series, as well as season residencies and extensive tours with some of the world's most venerated ensembles and conductors. She begins the summer of 2018 with a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andris Nelsons, followed by a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko featuring Prokofjew's Piano Concerto No. 3. Later engagements include an extensive recital tour to South America, as well as several concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev throughout Asia in autumn. She is featured as an Artist-in-Residence at three of the world's premiere venues: New York's Carnegie Hall with a season-long "Perspectives" series, the Wiener Konzerthaus with a "Portrait" series, and also at the Luxembourg Philharmonie. Engagement highlights include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Versailles, as well as the Summer Night Concert at the Schönbrunn Palace with Gustavo Dudamel. She also embarks on tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gra?inytė-Tyla. Other notable appearances include concerts in Istanbul, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Kotor.

Spring of 2019 sees Yuja embark on a tour of Los Angeles, Seoul, and Tokyo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to give the first-ever performances of John Adams' newest piano concerto, as well as reuniting with cellist and frequent collaborator Gautier Capuçon for a vast US chamber tour.

Her combination of technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been remarkable … but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing you into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy.
– Financial Times

Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world's leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.

Yuja was named Musical America's Artist of the Year in 2017.

Andreas Ottensamer, Yuja Wang

Blue Hour w/Berlin Philharmonic - Jansons

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1 Brahms: Intermezzo in A major op. 118/2  
2 von Weber: Clarinet Concerto #1 in F minor op. 73 - Allegro  
3 Adagio ma non troppo  
4 Rondo  
5 Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte op. 85 / 6 - Allegretto con moto  
6 op. 102/1 - Andante, un poco agitato  
7 Brahms: Wie Melodien zieht es mir op. 105 / 1 Zart  
8 Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte op. 30 / 4 - Agitato e con fuoco  
9 op. 67 / 3 - Andante tranquillo  
10 von Weber: Grand Duo concertant for Piano & Clarinet in E flat major op. 48 - Allegro  
11 Andante con moto  
12 Rondo  
13 Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte op. 30 / 6 - Venetianisches Gondellied. Allegretto tranquillo  
14 op. 67 / 2 - Allegretto leggiero  
15 op. 85 / 4 - Andante sostenuto  
Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 30, No. 6 Allegretto tranquillo
Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: 2. Intermezzo in A Major
Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.67: No. 2 Allegro leggiero

Recording for the first time together, clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang perform beloved Romantic chamber repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Weber in new arrangements. For Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Ottensamer is joined by one of the leading orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons.

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