Born in Vienna into a family connected since generations of musicians to the Vienna Philharmonic, Franz Bartolomey studied violoncello in his native city. He entered the Philharmonic himself in his twenties and from 1973 until 2012 was the orchestra’s first solo cellist. In 1997 Bartolomey also became a member of the Hofmusikkapelle in Vienna.

Bartolomey has played in several chamber music groups including the Wiener Solistenensemble and the Wiener Virtuosen, and also conceived and realized literary-musical soirees alongside renowned Austrian actors like Birgit Minichmayr, Michael Heltau and Peter Schimonischek.

He has performed as a soloist under conductors including Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Bernhard Haitink, Sir André Previn, Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Roger Norrington, in venues and festivals such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, and the Lucerne Festival.

His chamber music partners include, among others, Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Oleg Maisenberg, Helmut Deutsch, Ernst Kovacic, Rudolf Buchbinder, Stefan Vladar, Boris Pergamenschikow, Pierre Amoyal, Gil Shaham, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, Sylvia McNair, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and Thomas Hampson.

Franz Bartolomey regularly teaches at international master classes, at the Orchester Institute Attergau in Austria and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo.

Bartolomey's solo and chamber repertoire has been captured in numerous recordings and TV broadcasts. His recording of Strauss's Don Quixote with Sir André Previn and the Vienna Philharmonic was released by Telarc, and the Brahms and Strauss Cello Sonatas by RCA. A Naxos solo recording features Cello Sonatas by Hummel and Chopin.

From 2004 to 2006 Bartolomey was first solo cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

He plays on a 1727 cello made by David Tecchler in Rome.

Saison 2012/13