The king of the clarinet
Andreas Ottensamer was fated to become a virtuoso clarinettist. His father played with the Vienna Philharmonic, where his brother is currently a clarinetist, and Andreas is principal clarinet of the legendary Berlin Philharmonic. The young Austro-Hungarian musician has brought his instrument to new levels of popularity by combining a bewitching sound, brilliant execution and an engaging stage presence. Andreas is always looking for new colours and new ways of looking at the music, whether he’s performing jazzy Gershwin or mellow Brahms. The clarinet’s almost vocal quality comes to the fore in Mendelssohn’s exquisite Songs Without Words, spinning out some of the most gorgeous melodies ever penned, while showpieces by Weber and Debussy demonstrate the charm, agility and velocity of Andreas’ sleek, stylish playing and Australian pianist Alex Raineri’s superb musicianship.
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet
Alex Raineri, piano
Presented by Sydney Opera House.