Sebastian Manz

Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, born in Hanover in 1986, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-­Russian family background. He begins singing in a boys’ choir at the age of six. He first learns the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrates on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E flat major Concerto, which fascinates him and awakes a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters are the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle.

His big breakthrough comes with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he wins not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. With his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months previously. He has been solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010.

In the 2018/2019 season he performed with the wind ensemble Variation5 in Cologne, Lindau, Nienburg, Viersen and Switzerland, among others, before playing the clarinet concertos of Carl Maria von Weber and Aaron Copland as soloist with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In Australia he gave his first concert at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and in spring 2019 four concerts as part of the “The Bowers Program” of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. As a soloist, he gave a guest performance with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Halle, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin and the Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in various formations on the stages of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Kieler Schloss.

His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz’s intuition for details and overarching concepts. Time and again, he demonstrates a unique talent for arranging and composing on his albums and at his concerts. Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz is active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. Furthermore, he was appointed artistic director of the festival :alpenarte in 2018.

Andreas Ottensamer

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 Philharmonie, Vienna Philharmonie, Rotterdam Philharmonie, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonie, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonie 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 Altstädt 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 “Bürgenstock Festival” in Switzerland, together with pianist Jose Gallardo, and the “Artström 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, Mariss 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 weil 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 Philharmonie 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.

Jörg Widmann & Goldmund Quartett

In cooperation with Heidelberg University

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A Schumanniade – with Martina Gedeck

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Jörg Widmann & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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After Work Concert: Han Kim & Elisabeth Brauß

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Workshop discussion with the academy for composition

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Elisabeth Leonskaja & Irish Chamber Orchestra

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Jörg Widmann (Stadthalle Ballsaal)

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