Georg Hamann Resume



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, 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.

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 Schumann, Schubert´s "Death and the Maiden", the "Trout" with Philippe Entremont, Schoenberg's complete string quartets and contemporary music.

In 2007 Georg Hamann performed the whole cycle of H.I.F. Biber's Rosary Sonatas in the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna with authentic instruments.

Updated:  June 28, 2008

Back to Profile