Albrecht Mayer

Biography

Albrecht Mayer

Albrecht Mayer is a German classical oboist. His playing is characterised by a particularly warm sound, vocalistic phrasing and a compelling diversity.

  • Albrecht Mayer’s musical training started with singing, so by the time he began to play the oboe, aged ten, he had already been a member of the Bamberger Domchor boys’ choir for several years.
  • He began his career in 1990 as solo oboist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Two years later he received an offer from the Berlin Philharmonic and ever since, Albrecht Mayer has worked internationally as a soloist, playing with such masters as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Iván Fischer and John Eliot Gardiner.
  • In addition to his solo appearances, Mayer is committed to making time for his love of chamber music. In collaboration with violinist Nigel Kennedy, Mayer made several successful recordings that remained at the top of the classical music charts for months.
  • Mayer is particularly fascinated by the idea of transcribing vocal works or pieces for other instruments to lend them the voice of the oboe.
  • Albrecht Mayer’s CD Auf Mozarts Spuren with oboe concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig August Lebrun, recorded with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado was released in August 2004.
  • His credo is: "I would like to inspire people to be enthusiastic about music".

Did you know?
Albrecht Mayer’s Handel transcriptions even leapt to the German pop charts on their release!