DANIEL OTTENSAMER, clarinet
born 1986 in Vienna, studied with Johann Hindler at the University of Music in Vienna and in master classes with Sabine Meyer and Martin Froest.
Got many prizes and distinctions at international competitions et al. 1st prize at the International clarinet competition of the "Animato-Stiftung" in Zürich 2006, prize winner of the Konzertgesellschaft München 2005 and at the national Gradus ad parnassum and of the Musica-Juventutis competition in Vienna 2005.
Since 2009 Daniel Ottensamer is solo clarinet-player of the Vienna Philharmonic and of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.
As soloist he plays regularly with orchestras as Rundfunkorchester München, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Wien, Wiener Kammerorchester, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and appears in the most important concert halls asWiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Prinzregententheater München, Rudolfinum Prag, Radio-Kulturhaus Wien.
He performs chamber music with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, 2006 he played in Theatre Champs Ellysée Paris with an international artists ensemble wind chamber music of W.A.Mozarts.
With his father (Solo clarinet player of the Vienna Philharmonic) und his brother he plays in the clarinet trio "Clarinotts" in Tokyo, New York, Vienna etc.).
Collaborations with Angelika Kirchschlager, Barbara Bonney, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Julian Rachlin are highlights inhis young career.
HARDY RITTNER, pianist
selected as "Rising Artist of the Year 2009" and “Instrumantal Soloist of the Year 2010” by the German Music Award "Echo Classic 2009".Born 1981 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. First piano lessons at the age of four. Studies of the piano and fortepiano with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Siegbert Rampe at the Mozarteum Salzburg. After graduating with distinction in 2003, he studied with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts, graduating in 2007, again with distinction. He attended master classes of Paul Badura-Skoda, Dominique Merlet, Christian Zacharias and Andrej Gavrilov, and gleaned further artistic insights by working with Maria Joao Pires, Silvain Cambreling, Ivo Pogorelich and Krystian Zimerman.
In 1996 Hardy Rittner became the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Rina Sala Gallo piano competition in Monza, Italy. In 2002 he won a prize at the Académie de Musique Lausanne and in 2005 he received the special prize for his interpretation of Isang Yun's "Interludium A" at the international piano competition in Gyeongnam, South Korea. Hardy Rittner was included in the Live Music Now series in Salzburg and was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Viena in 2002/2003 in recognition of his exceptional artistic talent.
He has performed in most European countries, in the USA, South Korea and Taiwan, where he made his debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Rittner's recordings include a Boulez sonata for radio and Mozart and Beethoven sonatas on commercial CDs. For the label MDG he recorded two CD’s - "Brahms - Early piano works, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2" and “The complete solo piano work of Arnold Schönberg”, all three much prized recordings.
FREDERIEKE SAEIJS, violin
Frederieke Saeijs (1979, The Netherlands) started to play the violin aged seven. Her violin teachers were Lex Korff de Gidts, Peter Brunt and Jaring Walta.
Frederieke has won several prizes at (inter)national violin competitions: at al. Prinses Christina Concours (1995, 1998), Vriendenkrans Concours (2001), Georges Enescu International Violin Competition (Bucharest, Roumania 2003) and the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Competition (2004).
In October 2005 Frederieke won the first Grand Prix-Academie des beaux arts at the International Jacques Thibaud-Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, France. Next to that she has been awarded 4 extra prizes: Prix de SAS le prince Albert II de Monaco, Prix Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Prize of the members of the Orchestre National de France and Prize of the students of the Conservatories of Paris. As a result Frederieke played recitals and performed as a soloist in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Switserland and the USA.
Frederieke has had masterclasses with: Thomas Brandis, Lorand Fenyves (Canada), Mauricio Fuks (Austria, Canada, France, Florida), Detlev Hahn (Switserland), Isabelle van Keulen, Herman Krebbers, Boris Kuschnir (Austria), Rainer Kussmaul, Jaime Laredo (USA), Viktor Liberman, Gerhard Schulz (England) David Takeno (England) and Nikolaj Znaider (Denmark).
As a soloist Frederieke performed with the Chamber Orchestra of The Netherlands, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic and Beethovenorchester Bonn. She collaborated with conductors Matthias Bamert, Jonathan Darlington, Damian Ioro, Neeme Jarvi, Friedemann Layer, Alexandru Lascae, Ion Marin, Christoph Poppen, Vassily Sinaiski and Jaap van Zweden