Andreas Hofmeir (*1978 in Munich) found his way to the tuba at the age of twelve via piano, drums and tenor horn. After taking lessons from Robert Tucci (Bavarian State Opera), he studied in Berlin (Dietrich Unkrodt), Stockholm (Michael Lind) and Hanover (Jens Björn-Larsen). In 2004 he won the renowned international tuba competition "Citta di Porcia" in Pordenone (Italy) and - as the first tuba player in the history of the competition - the price of the German Music Competition 2005 in Berlin. He received scholarships from the orchestra academies of the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics and played with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra. From 2004 to 2008 he was solo tuba in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz under Dennis Russell Davies. As a soloist he has played with the SWR Radio Orchestra in Kaiserslautern, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, the Lower Saxony State Orchestra in Hanover, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn, the Western Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic, the Salzburg Wind Philharmonic and the Young Philharmonic Salzburg. In October 2013 he played with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin (live on ZDF), in March 2014 he made his solo debut with the Munich Philharmonic. With the harpist Andreas Mildner he founded the world's first tuba-harp duo and gave concerts at well-known festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Central Europe Festival, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival and the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro. As a chamber musician, he also played with the Sharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, the brass quintets of the Munich Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony and the Heavy Tuba Ensemble. In addition to his work as a classical musician, Hofmeir has also been on stage as a cabaret artist for thirteen years. He played and wrote the texts for the programs of the music cabaret "Star Fous - The Music Strikes Back" and the word cabaret ensemble "The Qual Commission", with which he was also awarded at the Passauer Scharfrichterbeil. In April 2008, together with Roman Deininger, he wrote and directed the cabaret evening Der Ball ist sore at the Landestheater Linz. His career as a pop musician is also very successful: with the Bavarian band "LaBrassBanda" he was the "winner of the hearts" at the Eurovision Song Contest and stormed the top 10 of the German charts with their third album "Europa" (released by Sony). In 2013, LaBrassbanda played for around 500,000 listeners at the concerts of their Germany tour, as well as numerous television appearances such as the Morgenmagazin on ARD and ZDF, 3nach9, TV Total and many more. His solo concerts are regularly broadcast by various radio stations, including BR, NDR, SWR, Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk and RAI. With the Deutsche Bläserphilharmonie he recorded Martin Ellerby's Tuba Concerto on CD. His CDs "Primal Recordings" with exclusively world premiere recordings including the tuba concertos by Duda, Näther and Roikjer (ECHO Klassik 2013) and "Why not?" with works for the duo tuba & Harfe have been released on the Genuin label. Andreas Hofmeir plays B&S tubes.