The Clarinotts perform at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad

Following their debut tour of Greater China, The Clarinotts will be performing at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad on 2 August. This year's festival is celebrating musical families, and The Clarinotts will be performing in the ‘Music & Family’ series which takes place throughout the festival. This concert will be held at Saanen Church, where the trio will be performing with the Gstaad Festival Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Kagan. The programme features works by Honegger, Mendelssohn, Martinů, Strauss, Doppler, and a world premiere of Concerto for 3 Clarinets and Orchestra by Georg Breinschmid, commissioned especially for The Clarinotts. For more details and tickets, please visit the festival’s website.

The Clarinotts debut in Greater China

This July, The Clarinotts will embark on their debut tour of Greater China, performing three recitals and giving a masterclass. The tour begins with their first concert on 16 July at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre’s Oriental Concert Hall, followed by Taipei’s National Concert Hall on 17 July, and a final recital at Taichung’s Wu Fong Concert Hall on 18 July. The programme for all three concerts features favourite works from their recent Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics release – including Mozart, Kovács, Rossini, Doppler and many more. The trio then round off their tour with a masterclass in Taichung on 19 July.

The Clarinotts perform in Bonn

Continuing their highly successful 2015/2016 season, Ernst, Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer will perform in Bonn on 15 June at the Kanzlerbungalow. The clarinet trio will present works featured on their recent critically acclaimed Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammaphon debut album, alongside other favourite repertoire. The programme includes pieces by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Massenet and many more. For full details and tickets, please click here.

The Clarinotts New York Times article

Featuring insightful interviews with the Ottensamers, as well as contributions from important composers, The Clarinotts are the focus of a recent article in the New York Times by Rebecca Schmid entitled ‘When One Instrument Speaks in Three Voices’. Visit the New York Times website to read the article in full and find out more about the first family of the clarinet.

The Clarinotts album launch concert at the Musikverein

Performing in the Brahmssaal of Vienna’s Musikverein on 9 April, the all-family Clarinet trio, The Clarinotts, present a special concert to launch their acclaimed Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammaphon album which was released in January. Ernst, Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer will be joined by the Wiener Virtuosen String Ensemble, who also appeared on the disc, formed entirely of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic. They will be presenting a selection of popular repertoire from the album, including Rossini and Françaix. Full details and tickets can be found on the venue’s website.

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The Clarinotts perform at the Burgenstock Festival

Following a busy start to 2016, first family of the clarinet, The Clarinotts, perform next at the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland. This is a special event for the Ottensamers, as Andreas is Co-Artistic Director of the festival. Andreas, Daniel and Ernst will present works from their newly released Deutsche Grammophon recording, which was also sponsored by the festival, alongside Viennese Songs and music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bonfa on 13 February.

For full details of the performance and the festival, please click here.

The Clarinotts return to Japan

The Clarinotts return to Japan at the beginning of February for an exciting series of five concerts across the country, with performances in Tokyo, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Mitaka and Nagoya from 2 to 7 February. Featuring works from their recent Deutsche Grammophon recording alongside a diverse programme repertoire.

The Clarinotts perform in Winterthur

Following their critically acclaimed debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this month, The Clarinotts will be performing in Winterthur on 24 January. The concert, which will be held at the Stadthaus Winterthur Konzertsaal, will include a fantastic programme with pieces from their recent Deutsche Grammophon recording. Featuring virtuoso works for clarinet trio and strings by Mozart, Françaix, Mendelssohn, Rossini and others. For full details please click here.

The Clarinotts debut with the Vienna Philharmonic

The Clarinotts will be making their debut as concerto soloists with the Vienna Philharmonic in January 2016. This performance, conducted by Andris Nelsons, will be the world premiere of a Triple Clarinet Concerto by composer Ivàn Eröd which was commissioned especially for The Clarinotts. The concerts will be taking place in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein on 10 and 12 January. Click here for full details.

The Clarinotts to release new album on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics

The 1st January 2016 will see the release of The Clarinotts new album on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics. The enormously talented family trio have based this album on music for the stage, including music by Rossini and Mozart, and it has been recorded with string members from the Vienna Philharmonic.  As well as this exciting news, The Clarinotts will also be the feature of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day intermission film. This will be live streamed world-wide to over 90 countries and will be watched by around 50 million people.

ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year

Andreas Ottensamer – the youngest member of The Clarinotts – has been awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the ECHO Klassik Awards 2015, the most prestigious annual German music industry event.  This places Andreas in the distinguished company of Jonas Kaufmann (Male Singer of the Year), Joyce DiDonato (Female Singer of the Year) and Lang Lang (Instrumentalist of the Year, piano), amongst others.  Congratulations!

The Clarinotts at Attergauer Kultursommer

The Clarinotts perform at Attergauhalle St. Georgen as part of the Attergauer Kultusommer Festival, 21 July 2015.  Joined by their regular guest, celebrated Austrian pianist Christoph Traxler, the programme will include a set of virtuosic arrangements of arias by Mozart and Rossini alongside homages to de Falla, Kodály and Gerschwin – specially written to showcase the dizzying technical flair and dazzling musical brilliance of this outstanding musical dynasty.  Many of these works are set to appear on The Clarinotts’ forthcoming recording with Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon, set for international release in early 2016.

The Clarinotts join ICA

ICA are delighted to announce its new partnership with The Clarinotts, who join the company for worldwide General Management.  An outstanding chamber ensemble of the very highest quality, the trio is formed of Ernst, Daniel and Andreas Ottensamer – the Principal Clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras.  With a diverse repertoire comprising extant works, new arrangements and high-profile commissions – ranging from core classical masterpieces to film music and jazz – the dazzling range of colour and inbuilt unity of this critically acclaimed father-and-son trio is displayed in performances that are second to none.  Available as a duo or a trio, and in combination with other artists and ensembles, The Clarinotts enjoy regular tours of Europe and Asia, performing at major venues with the world’s most renowned orchestras, conductors and festivals.  They are set to release a CD on Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon in early 2016.