Biography

Josef Niederhammer

was born Sept. 27th, 1954 in Linz/OÖ where he also graduated from high school in 1972.
He started taking violin lessons from the age of six, followed by violoncello lessons at the Musikschule in Linz – and finally changed to the double bass at 14. Following high school, studies at the High School for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna (now the University of Music und Performing Arts) with Ludwig Streicher.
1977 diploma with honours
1979 prize-winner of the ARD music competition, Munich
1993 Magister artium (Master of Arts)

Orchestra experience:
1973 - 1974 bassist in the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper
1974 - 1977 bassist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
1977 - 1978 second principal bassist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
1978 - 1986 principal bassist in the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich
(Bavarian State Opera Munich)
1986 - 1991 principal bassist with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Since 1991, substitute for the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Teaching experience:
1979 - 1984 double bass teacher at the Richard Strauss Conservatory, Munich
1980 - 1991 double bass teacher at the Music Academy in Munich
Since 1991, professor for double bass at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts
2001-2004 guest professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Various activities as tutor (e.g., Österr. Bundesjugendorchester, Bayer. Landes-jugendorchester, Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchester, Wiener Jeunesse-Orchester) and as jury member (e.g., ARD-Competition in Munich, Int. Music Competition in Markneukirchen, Int. Music Competition in Brno).

Masterclasses:
1987, 1989 & 1991House Marteau (Lichtenberg/Oberfranken)
1989International Chambermusic Festival in Horn
1990Festival de la Musica in Buñol, Valencia
1993Festival de la Musica y Danza in Granada
1994, 1995 & 1996Cartusiana Mauerbach
2006 & 2007International Summer Academy, Semmering

Numerous appearances as a soloist in Austria, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan and Spain. Radio and television productions for the Austrian, Bavarian und Hungarian broadcasting stations.

International chamber music activities as a member of the Ensemble Wien and Wiener Virtuosen (1992-2017)  and in cooperation with the Artis-Quartet Vienna and the Minetti-Quartet Vienna among others