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Georg Hamann
Concertist
Member of Aron Quartet Vienna

Viola

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Georg Hamann was born in Vienna in 1960. He studied at the University of Music in Vienna with members of the Alban Berg Quartett (Klaus Maetzl, violin and Hatto Beyerle, viola) and took part in masterclasses of Max Rostal and William Primrose. He graduated with "summa cum laude" and was praised by the minister of science.

Already for many years Georg Hamann has been the first violist of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He was teaching viola as assistant of Hatto Beyerle at the University in Hannover (Germany) and is currently a teacher for chamber music at the University of Music in Vienna and for Viola at the J.S. Bach Music School Vienna. He is also giving masterclasses for violin, viola and chamber music in Europe, Israel and Japan. As a guest professor he has been invited from the universities in Brasov, Cluj, Dublin, Lisboa, Ljubljana, Utrecht, Vilnius, Warsaw and Turku.

He has been a member of the Ensemble Wien Tokyo and the Arcus Ensemble Wien and has performed with these groups all over Europe, Israel, USA and Japan. 
The Arcus Ensemble also appeared regularly at the Vienna Konzerthaus and has received enthusiastic reviews by the international press such as: "Sensitive, high emotional playing, enormous esprit, virtuosity and technical mastery."

In 1998 Georg Hamann founded together with Ludwig Müller, Barna Kobori and Christophe Pantillon the aron quartett which is resident at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna. Only a few weeks later the aron celebrated its "brilliant debut" (Der Standard) and is now regarded as one of the best string quartets in Austria.

As a violinist ( baroque & modern violin) and a violist Georg Hamann has played in famous halls (Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Verdi Hall Milan, Casals Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall New York etc.) and has appeared with well known festivals (Vienna Festival, Styriarte Graz, Edinburgh Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Santo Domingo Festival, Woodstock Mozart Festival, Nagano Festival Japan etc.)

Georg Hamann has played chamber music with famous partners like Philippe Entremont, Oleg Maisenberg, Bruno Canino, Christian Tetzlaff, Ernst Kovacic, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Christoph Richter, Boris Pergamenschikow, Sharon Kam, Alois Brandhofer, Ildiko Raimondi as well as with members of the Alban Berg Quartett.

In 2007/08 Georg Hamann performed the whole cycle of H.I.F. Biber’s “Rosary Sonatas” in the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna with authentic instruments and Mozart's Clarinet (Viola) Concerto with orchestra.

Among his recordings one finds Mozart´s "Haffnerserenade" and a CD with music for viola by Austrian composers of the 20th century like Krenek, Einem and Hauer as well as piano quintets by Dvorak and Franck and the "Trout" with Philippe Entremont, Schubert´s string quartets "Rosamunde" and "The Death and the Maiden", Schoenberg’s and Korngold's complete string quartets and contemporary music. Recently Georg Hamann has recorded Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with K. Nakazawa (vl), Ph. Entremont (cond.) and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for the Japanese label Camerata.


Né à Vienne, Georg Hamann a étudié le violon avec Klaus Maetzl et l'alto avec Hatto Beyerle (tous deux alors membres du Quatuor Alban Berg) à l'Université de sa ville natale, où il obtient un diplôme avec distinction, ainsi qu'un prix spécial du Ministère des Sciences.

Georg Hamann est premier alto solo de l'Orchestre de Chambre de Vienne; après avoir enseigné à la Musikhochschule de Hannovre, il est actuellement professeur de musique de chambre à l'Université de Vienne et d'alto à l'Ecole de Musique Jean Sébastien Bach. Il donne en outre régulièrement des cours de maître en Autriche et au Japon.

En tant que violoniste (violon moderne et violon baroque) et altiste, il a été invité à se produire dans de nombreux festivals renommés tels que le Festival Menuhin de Gstaad, le Festival de Radio France (Montpellier), le Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Lubéron, Styriarte Graz, wien modern, le Festival de Kuhmo (Finlande),le Festival Cervantino (Mexique), le Festival Musical de Santo Domingo, le Festival d'Edinbourg et le Woodstock Mozart Festival.

Georg Hamann a été loué par la presse pour sa subtile musicalité, son expression colorée et la sonorité tendre et chaude de son instrument.

Pendant dix ans, Georg Hamann a fait partie du "Arcus Ensemble Wien". En 1998, il a fondé avec Ludwig Mueller, Barna Kobori et Christophe Pantillon le quatuor aron, quatuor en résidence du Centre Arnold Schönberg de Vienne.

Georg Hamann s'est produit dans de nombreux centres musicaux en Europe, aux USA, au Japon et en Amérique du Sud.( Vienne(Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Salzbourg (Mozarteum), New York (Carnegie Hall), Londres (Wigmore Hall), Washington (Library of Congress), Tokyo (Casals Hall), Moscou (Conservatoire Tchaikovsky), Madrid (Teatro Real), Prag (Suk Saal), à Paris, Amsterdam, Varsovie, Saint-Petersbourg,...)
Il a fait de la musique de chambre avec, entre autres, Philippe Entremont, Oleg Maisenberg, Bruno Canino, Christian Tetzlaff, Ernst Kovacic, Erich Höbarth, Boris Pergamenschikow, Alois Brandhofer, les membres du Quatuor Alban Berg, etc...

En 1992, Georg Hamann a recu du Président autrichien la médaille d'or du Mérite de la République autrichienne.

Il a enregistré de nombreux CDs avec des oeuvres du répertoire classique (Sérénade Haffner de Mozart, par ex.), romantique et du 20ème siècle, ainsi que des oeuvres contemporaines autrichiennes pour alto.

January 2009

 

 

Georg Hamann will teach at the following academy:
Nice

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