Before he started to play the oboe at the age of ten, Albrecht Mayer had already been a member of the Bamberg Cathedral Choir for several years. He studied the instrument with Gerhard Scheuer, Georg Meerwein, Ingo Goritzki and Maurice Bourgue and em¬barked on a professional career in 1990, when he joined the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist. Two years later, he rose to the top ranks of his profession with the appointment as principal of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Since then he has made countless international appearances, playing under such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle und Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He regularly performs with the Berlin Baroque Soloists and can be heard as soloist on many of their recordings. Mayer also attaches great importance to his chamber-musical activi¬ties: he is a permanent member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and, when his busy schedule permits, also performs with such distinguished partners as Thomas Quasthoff, Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes.
No less varied than his live appearances, his discography features the oboe concertos by Richard Strauss, Ralph Vaughan Williams und Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari as well as the first recording of previously unknown Tele¬mann works with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, which was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize. Mayer’s recording of Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor with violinist Nigel Kennedy was a best-seller.
Albrecht Mayer plays a Buffet Crampon Green Line oboe.
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