Born in Vienna, Franz Bartolomey studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof. Richard Krotschak and privately under Prof. Emanuel Brabec. Over his long and distinguished career he has been awarded numerous prizes, including in international competitions in Budapest 1963, Moscow 1966 and Vienna 1967.
Franz Bartolomey is the principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bartolomey name has been synonymous with the them for three generations, with his grandfather having been solo clarinettist and his father a violinist). Several television, radio and CD recordings document Franz Bartolomey’s work, and he has also recorded for NAXOS and BMG. Since 2004 Franz has also been the principal Cellist of the Luzern Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.
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