Daniel Ottensamer - Biography

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Daniel Ottensamer


Both as soloist and chamber musician as well as in his position as principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Ottensamer performs with renowned orchestras and notable musicians in the most important concert halls throughout the world.

He is a prize winner of several prestigious international competitions, such as the “Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition” in Denmark.

Highlights of the past years include performances with the conductors Lorin Maazel (†), Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Adam Fischer and Ivor Bolton with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician he has worked together with partners such as Daniel Barenboim, Angelika Kirchschlager, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Juliane Banse, Bobby McFerrin, Bernarda Fink, Krassimira Stoyanova, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, the Hagen Quartet, the Signum Quartet, daniel ottensamer music (amongst others with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Christoph Traxler, Harriet Krijgh and Stephan Koncz) etc. He is one of founding members of “the clarinotts” and of “The Philharmonix”, whose repertoire covers classic, jazz, klezmer as well as latin sound and swing and has been awarded the “Opus Klassik” in 2018.

2015 Daniel Ottensamer recorded his Debut CD with SONY-Classical playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. A recording of the clarinet sonatas by Brahms and Weber has been released by Classic Concert Records. In 2016 Deutsche Grammophon released the Debut-CD of “the clarinotts”. His latest recordings (all Sony Classical) comprise of the collection of French works for clarinet and orchestra “La Vie en Rose”, a recording of Brahms’ sonata orchestrated by Luciano Berio as well as a Schubert-CD together with Regula Mühlemann.

As promoter Daniel Ottensamer organizes his own concert cycles at the Brahms Saal of Musikverein Wien (Wiener Virtuosen), at Muth Wien (Daniel Ottensamer in the Muth) and at the Vienna Konzerthaus’ Great Hall (Philharmonix).