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Matthias Bartolomey

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Matthias Bartolomey

Matthias Bartolomey was born in 1985 and started to play the cello at the age of seven. He took his first cello lessons with his father and became a student of Prof. Valentin Erben at the University for music and performing arts in Vienna in 1995. From 2007 he studied with Prof. Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where in 2010 he completed his studies with a Masterdegree. He is prize winner of the Austrian youth competition „Prima la musica“, the competition „Musica Juventutis“ by the Wiener Konzerthaus and winner of the 2nd prize at the International Brahms competition in Pörtschach 2006. In 2009 he received the „Erich Schenk-Preis“ for young musicians by the Mozartgemeinde Wien. Numerous projects as soloist and chambermusician brought Matthias to Germany, Italy, Slovenia, France, Great Britain as well as China, Japan and the USA. As soloist in particular he played with the „Wiener Kammerorchester“, the „Wiener Kammerphilharmonie“, the “Symphony in C”(Boston), and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mozarteum University. 

As a Orchestra musician Matthias repeatedly played at the Vienna Stateopera, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Since 2010 he is solocellist with Nikolaus Harnoncourt ́s “Concentus Musicus Wien”. Matthias also attended masterclasses with Janos Starker, Patrick Demenga, Christoph Richter, Heinrich Schiff and the Alban Berg Quartett.

In 2012 together with the Jazzviolinist and Mandolaplayer Klemens Bittmann he formed the Duo BartolomeyBittmann - progressive strings vienna which has become a main focus in his musical career.

With exclusively original compositions they are leading their instruments out of their deeply rooted classical tradition to new musical pathways. With the spontaneity and improvisation of Jazz , the music includes heavy groove and rock elements as well as intimate ballads and fast uptempo compositions. Since 2017 Matthias is fucusing on wirting new and original music for cello with an emphasis on developing and advancing new playing techniques. Matthias is playing a cello by David Tecchler (1727). Matthias Bartolomey is exclusively playing strings by LARSEN STRINGS.

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