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Albrecht Mayer (Oboe, Oboe d’amore, English horn, Conductor)

Born: 1965 - Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

The German oboist (and sometimes conductor), Albrect Mayer, sang as a child for many years in the Bamberg Cathedral Choir. He studied with Gerhard Scheuer, Georg Meerwein, Maurice Bourgue and Ingo Goritzki.

Albrect Mayer began his professional career in 1990 as principal oboist of the Bamberger Symphoniker. Since 1992 he has occupied the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker and has been principal oboist there since, together with Jonathan Kelly. It’s no wonder that Albrecht Mayer ranks today among the most sought-after oboists and has appeared as a soloist with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Along with his solo projects, Mayer considers it important to find time for chamber music. He has no dearth of requests and opportunities, and performs regularly with partners such as the pianist Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes and the bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, with whom he recorded a CD of Bach cantatas.

In his search for new repertoire for his instrument, Albrecht Mayer is constantly fascinated by the idea of lending his voice (that of the oboe) to “foreign” works - pieces written for other instruments or for singers. Having sung as a child, he is especially attracted to the human voice, as the most “natural” of all instruments. He’s already provided convincing proof of that claim in the recording “Lieder ohne Worte - Bach transcriptions for oboe and orchestra”, in which the Baroque style and bel canto are delightfully combined. The CD immediately entered the German classical charts at number 2. His CD “In search of Mozart” recorded with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra made it to the top of the German classical charts, the recording "New Seasons" presents music by Georg Frideric Handel in a stunning new light. In August 2008, the oboist’s latest album "In Venice" was released by Decca, featuring Baroque oboe concertos from Venetian composers. A new CD with works by J.S. Bach was released by Decca in autumn 2009.

Albrecht Mayer joins the Berliner Philharmonisches Bläserensemble and the Berlin Philharmonic Winds Soloists ensemble, amongst other chamber music ensembles.

Albrecht Mayer’s playing has both listeners and critics raving, with expressions like “divine spark” or the “miraculous oboe” that the German player has elevated to become an “instrument of seduction”. He has been elected “Instrumentalist of the Year“ and was rewarded with an ECHO Klassik Prize by the German Phono-Akademie in 2004 and 2008; in December 2006 he was awarded the E.T.A.-Hoffmann Prize by his German hometown Bamberg.

Albrecht Mayer used to play a Green Line Oboe by the French company Buffet Crampon, but in 2009 switched to a line of instruments (Oboe, Oboe d'amore, English Horn) named after him by the German instrument maker Gebr. Mönnig.

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Source: Albrecht Mayer Website; Wikipedia Website (June 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2010)

Albrecht Mayer: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Rainer Kussmaul


BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158 [w/ bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff]

Roger Norrington


BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158 [w/ baritone Matthias Goerne]

Links to other Sites

Albrecht Mayer (Official Website) [English/German]
Albrecht Mayer on Facebbook

Albrect Mayer (Wikipedia)
Albrecht Mayer (Decca)

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