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Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

Ib Hausmann – Clarinet

“Ib Hausmann, without a doubt, is one of Europe´s leading clarinetists“
Norbert Ely, Deutschlandfunk

Ib Hausmann, who plays both the classical clarinet and the E flat, bass clarinet and basset horn, studied in Berlin with Ewald Koch and with the pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler, in Banff. His cultural development was also influenced by György Kurtág.

At twenty Mr. Hausmann was the principal clarinetist of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and two years later  he won the same position with the Staatskapelle in Berlin.

A first prize winner in international competitions, including the TIJI radio competition of UNESCO, he has appeared in leading music centres of the world, including La Scala, Milan, the Teatro Colón, the Châtelet in Paris, the Amsterdam

Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikvereinsaal.

Among his chamber music partners are Alexander Madžar, Alexander Lonquich, Jazz pianist Michael Wollny (Gustav Mahler project), Daniel Hope, Christian Gerhaher, Anne Sofie von Otter, Clemens and Veronika Hagen, Trio di Parma, and string quartets, including the Hagen, Casals, Auryn, Vogler, and Orion.

With Lukas Hagen he founded the Ensemble Serapion. In November 2000 he made his début as soloist in the Vienna Musikvereinsaal with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.

He dedicates himself also to improvised music, theatre, and modern performance forms.

Recent appearances have been with Klaus Maria Brandauer and Burghart Klaussner. 

His first recording of Berthold Goldschmidt with the Mandelring Quartet was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize.

Other recordings include Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet with the Pellgrini Quartet and works by Schumann, Berg and Brahms with the pianist Frank-Immo Zichner. His prize-winning recording with Nina Tichman of the complete music for clarinet and piano by Max Reger appeared on Hänssler Classic.

In 2006 Deutsche Grammophon issued his recording of Gerhard Frommel’s Double Concerto for piano and clarinet, with Music from Theresienstadt, together with Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Gerhaher. This recording was nominated for the "Grammy" award in 2008.

In 1996 he published his first composition with the title “Ohnung”.

Recently he has been performing with the pianist Christoph Ullrich for 20000 children in Germany, Austria, Japan and Colombia as a "clarinet-speaking" Pierrot. 

Ib Hausmann is autodidact as a pierrot, composer and father of two children with whom he also performs.