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duo tuba & harp
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Duo Tuba & Organ (credits to Philippe Gerlach
Musical reading “No effort!”
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Andreas Martin Hofmeir, who at present is certainly one of the best and most versatile instrumentalists, loves to commute between different genres: he is professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, founded the popular Bavarian band LaBrassBanda and is is successful both as a cabaret performer and as a classical tuba player. He is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, gives master classes all over the world and is showmaster and author. BASF’s cultural program honored his versatile artistic work with the Artist Portrait 2018.
Born in Munich, he found his way to the tuba at the age of twelve via piano, percussion and tenor horn. He studied in Berlin (Dietrich Unkrodt), Stockholm (Michael Lind) and Hannover (Jens Björn-Larsen). Hofmeir won the prestigious “Città di Porcia” International Tuba Competition, the prize of Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Berlin and the ECHO Klassik as “Instrumentalist of the Year 2013”, the latter as the first tuba player in the history of the competitions.
Hofmeir received a scholarship from the orchestra academies of the Berliner and Münchner Philharmoniker and played with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, among others. As a soloist he performed with the Münchner and Bremer Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie and many others.
As a pioneer of his instrument, Hofmeir repeatedly breaks new ground in chamber music: with the harpist Andreas Mildner he forms the first tuba-harp duo in the world, with Austrian violin virtuoso Benjamin Schmid the Schmid Hofmeir HochTief GmbH, and with Barbara Schmelz a tuba-organ duo. With his chamber music formations, each of which is unique in the world, Hofmeir has performed at noted music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte and the Euroclassic Festival and filled the halls of the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie.
Apart from his classical career, Hofmeir has also been standing on stage as a cabaret artist for more than twenty years, including as an actor and lyricist with the music cabaret Star Fours and the word cabaret ensemble Die Qualkommission, with whom he won numerous prizes. Together with Roman Deininger he wrote and directed the cabaret evening “Der Ball ist wund” at the Landestheater Linz. Presently he tours with his musical-cabaret-reading “Kein Aufwand!”. The program was published in 2016 as a book and audio book.
Andreas Martin Hofmeir is show master of his own cabaret show “Wer dablost’s?”, in which artists of different genres perform, talk and try to blow the antique, malodorous tuba Rosalinde. Top-class artists like Olaf Schubert, Konstantin Wecker and Michael Altinger are his guests.
With his band LaBrassBanda, which he joined until end of 2013, Hofmeir was “winner of hearts” at the Eurovision Song Contest and stormed the top ten of the German charts with their album “Europa” (Sony). The tuba player also breaks new ground as a jazz musician. Together with four of the best tuba players in Europe he founded the ensemble European Tuba Power and plays as lead instrumentalist with his own jazz band.
As cross over artist Hofmeir increasingly links classics, jazz and cabaret in exceptional programmes. After acclaimed performances of the cabaret theatre concert “Lackschuh oder Barfuß” with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Hofmeir conceived the crossover evening “All About That Bass”,in which he is on stage as classical soloist, moderator, actor, cabaret artist and jazz musician, and which was performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Munich Gasteig, among others.
Hofmeir’s musical activities are documented on numerous CDs: On Genuin he released “Uraufnahmen | Primal Recordings” with exclusively world premiere recordings of the tuba concertos by Duda, Näther and Roikjer (ECHO Klassik 2013), the two CDs “Why not?” and “Better without words” with the tuba-harp duo, and the tuba concertos by Martin Ellerby and Ralph Vaughan Williams with the Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie under Thomas Clamor. His solo CD “On the way” with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Andrew Manze was released by Sony Classical, and “Stradihumpa” by ACT, the first CD of the Schmid Hofmeir HochTief GmbH.
In addition to his artistic activities, Hofmeir is also involved in socio-political issues as an ambassador for the Stiftung Bildung and the Verein Singende Krankenhäuser. In 2019 he was appointed as a member of the Münchner Turmschreiber.
Andreas Martin Hofmeir plays B&S tubas.