Albrecht Mayer is the principal oboe of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1992, a world-renowned soloist and chamber musician, and a teacher of workshops in large international festivals.
He began his professional career in 1990 as principal oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Since 1992 he has occupied the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker, despite his growing renown as a concert soloist. Among the most sought-after oboists of our time, he has appeared as soloist with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and is an enthusiastic chamber player, his partners including Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt.
Awarded Bamberg’s ETA-Hoffmann Prize in December 2006, Mayer has also been honoured with the ECHO-Klassik prize three times, twice as Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize.
Constantly in search of new repertoire, he is fascinated by the idea of lending the voice of his oboe to pieces written for other instruments or for singers. He is especially attracted to the human voice, as the most “natural” of all instruments.
Albrecht Mayer has an extensive touring schedule. In March 2017 he appeared as soloist and conductor in a wide range of repertoire at the Musikwoche Hitzacker, a festival of which he became artistic director in 2016.
Albrecht Mayer plays an oboe and oboe d’amore by German maker Gebrüder Mönnig.
Albrecht Mayer’s previous visit to Riga was in May, 2013, when he was the soloist and the leader performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in the LNSO season closing concert.