Albrecht Mayer, oboe

Albrecht Mayer studied with Gerhard Scheuer, Georg Meerwein, Ingo Goritzki, and Maurice Bourgue. Mayer began his career in 1990 as the solo oboist of the Bamberg Symphony. In 1992, he accepted the equivalent position with the Berlin Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Albrecht Mayer is much sought after internationally. In pursuit of his personal sound ideal, he founded his own ensemble, New Seasons. Accompanied by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mayer made his debut in 2007 in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2008, he was the “Artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival. In addition to his solo career, Albrecht Mayer appears regularly as a conductor.

In seeking to develop a new repertoire, Albrecht Mayer adapts for the oboe works for other instruments or the voice. Especially convincing are his transcriptions of pieces by Bach and Handel, which have even found a place in the German pop charts. His CD “Auf Mozarts Spuren” [In Search of Mozart] with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado appeared on the German Record Critics’ list of Best Recordings. Other releases have made it into the charts for classical music. In 2006, 2008, and 2010, Albrecht Mayer was awarded an ECHO Klassik Prize; and in December 2006, he received the E.T.A Hoffmann Cultural Prize of the city of Bamberg. In 2013, he was taken into the Gramophone “Hall of Fame” and was awarded the Bavarian Cultural Prize.

Albrecht Mayer plays an oboe and an oboe d’amore built by the Mönnig Brothers. He is the founder of the Albrecht Mayer Foundation (www.albrecht-mayer-stiftung.de).


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