Matthias Bartolomey | © Nikola Milatovic


Matthias Bartolomey


Univ.-Prof. for VioloncelloDepartment String Studies
Cellist Matthias Bartolomey (*1985) is at home in classical as well as groove and rock music. In 2010, he completed his master's degree with Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum University with distinction. Since 2017, he has also been increasingly engaged as a composer with a focus on expanding the cello repertoire and the associated development of progressive playing techniques.
Matthias Bartolomey was born in Vienna in 1985. At the age of six he received his first cello lessons from his father, Franz Bartolomey. He studied in the concert classes with Valentin Erben at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum University. In 2010 he completed his master's degree with Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum University with distinction. Matthias Bartolomey has been teaching at the Mozarteum University since October 2020. Since 2017 Matthias has also been increasingly active as a composer with a focus on expanding the
cello repertoire and the associated development of groove and rock-oriented progressive
playing techniques. In 2012 he founded the duo BartolomeyBittmann — progressive strings vienna — with violinist and mandola player Klemens Bittmann. With their own compositions, the formation takes their instruments, which are firmly anchored in the classical music tradition, onto a new path. They combine intimately grooving and powerfully rocking elements with the spontaneity and improvisation of rock and jazz aesthetics. Numerous concert tours have already taken the duo to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the golden hall of the Musikverein Wien as well as to many well-known European festivals and countries such as the USA, Japan, Iran and Kenya. In March 2019 BartolomeyBittmann released her third studio album 'Dynamo' after 'Meridian' and 'Neubau' on ACT Music. Matthias Bartolomey completed master classes with Mstislav Rostropowitsch, Janos Starker, Patrick
Demenga, Christoph Richter, Heinrich Schiff and Günther Pichler. In the course of his solo activities he has worked with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony in C Philadelphia and the Istanbul Devlent Senfoni Orkestarsi, among others. In 2014 Matthias recorded the rarely performed cello sonata by Sir André Previn with pianist Clemens Zeilinger on CD. The recording was released on the ARS Production label. His regular chamber music partners include Benjamin Schmid, Ariane Haering, Helmut Deutsch, Clemens Zeilinger, Magda Amara, Matthias Schorn, Georg Breinschmid, Florian Willeitner and the Signum Saxophone Quartet. He created literary and musical projects with Martina Gedeck, Isabel Karajan, Birgit Minichmayr, Ursula Strauss and Karl Markovics. In 2017 he recorded the Sarabande from Suite No. 6 for solo cello by JSBach for the film 'We Kill Stella' by Julian Pölsler. In the field of orchestral music, Matthias Bartolomey has worked in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphoniker, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Since 2010 he has played as a solo cellist with the Concentus Musicus Wien, founded by Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Matthias Bartolomey has been a private teacher for many years and is the leader of numerous workshops in Germany and abroad. In his pedagogical work, he always combines his diverse chamber music and soloist experiences with new, progressive and intuitive-improvisational playing techniques with a special focus on groove, rock and jazz elements. Matthias Bartolomey plays cellos by David Tecchler, Rome 1727 & Philip Bonhoeffer, Montecastelli and has been an endorsement artist at LARSEN STRINGS since 2016.
2000: 1st prize at Prima la musica 2004: 1st prize at Musica Juventutis 2006: 2nd prize at the International Brahms Competition Pörtschach 2009: Ernst Schenk Prize of the Vienna Mozart Community 2018: 2nd prize at the 'BMW Welt' Jazz Award with BartolomeyBittmann - progressive strings vienna