The Clarinotts are a one-of-a-kind clarinet trio formed of Ernst, Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer – the Principal Clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras.

Founded in 2005, the ensemble aims to find new and exciting ways in which to bring the varied voices of the clarinet family to the fore, performing on the E-flat, bass clarinet and basset horn alongside the more common B-flat and A clarinet.  With an emphasis on the Viennese tradition of clarinet playing, the individual excellence of each player – all esteemed international soloists in their own right – is expressed in collective performances of the very highest quality.

Comprising extant works, new arrangements and high-profile commissions, The Clarinotts’ repertoire is wide-ranging and diverse, covering core classical masterpieces as well as film music and jazz – all serving to display the dazzling range of colour and inbuilt unity of this critically acclaimed father-and-son trio.  The ensemble ranges accordingly, performing duos and trios with and without piano, as well as in combination with other artists and ensembles.

The Clarinotts regularly tour Europe and Asia, and appear as guests with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and festivals.  Recent and upcoming highlights include tours of Japan, China and Taiwan, and the world première of a triple clarinet concerto by celebrated Austro-Hungarian composer Ivàn Eröd with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Andris Nelsons (January 2016).

The Clarinotts released their debut album on Octavia Records and Gramola Vienna in 2009 to much critical acclaim, and are set to release a recording on Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon in early 2016.

Ernst Ottensamer:

Born in Austria in 1955, Ernst Ottensamer studied the clarinet at the Unversität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna; he returned to his alma mater in 1986 to teach, and was made Professor in 2000.  He began playing with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in 1979, and was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983.

Ernst has founded numerous chamber ensembles (Wiener Virtuosen, Wiener Bläserensemble, Wiener Solisten Trio), and performed with the Alban Berg Quartett, the Artis Quartet and the Hugo Wolf Quartet.  Other chamber music collaborations include with Sir Simon Rattle, Sir André Previn, Daniel Barenboim, Rudolf Buchbinder, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky and Angelika Kirchschlarge, amongst others.

Ernst has performed as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, under such notable conductors as Zubin Mehta, Yutaka Sado, and the late Sir Colin Davis.

Ernst Ottensamer has made numerous solo and chamber recordings.

Daniel Ottensamer:

Daniel Ottensamer was born in Vienna in 1986, and studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Johann Hindler and Martin Fröst.  Since 2009, Daniel has been Principal Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

Daniel has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards at prestigious international competitions, including the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition (2009).  He performs regularly as soloist with major orchestras across the globe, including the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Adam Fischer and Gustavo Dudamel.

As a chamber musician Daniel has worked with such esteemed artists as Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Hampson and Julian Rachlin, and is also a member of ‘The Philharmonics’ and the Baole Quintet.

In 2011, Daniel released a recording of sonatas by Johannes Brahms and Carl Maria von Weber with Austrian pianist Christoph Traxler, to much critical acclaim. - -

Andreas Ottensamer:

Born in Vienna in 1989, Andreas Ottensamer received his first piano lessons at the age of four.  Aged 10, he began studying the cello at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, before commencing lessons on the clarinet with Johann Hindler in 2003.

Gaining his first orchestral experience as a deputy in the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, in 2009 Andreas interrupted his studies at Harvard University to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  From July 2010 until February 2011, Andreas played as Principal Clarinettist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, before being appointed Principal Clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2011.

Andreas has been awarded First Prize in major competitions for clarinet, cello and piano, and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the world’s most prestigious venues.  Chamber music collaborations include work with Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Yo-Yo Ma and Miloš Karadaglić.  Andreas is also co-Artistic Director of the Bürgenstock Festival, with pianist José Gallardo.

Andreas holds an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics – the first ever solo clarinettist to sign such a deal with the Yellow Label.  He first two recordings have met with great critical acclaim: ‘Portraits: The Clarinet Album’ (2013), with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the newly released ‘Brahms: The Hungarian Connection’ (2015).