The cellist Franz Bartolomey was born in Vienna in 1946 and had his first lessons, from the age of six, with Ewald Winkler. He studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts with Richard Krotschak and privately with Emanuel Brabec. In 1963 he won the Casals Medal in Budapest, and in 1966 the Tchaikovsky Diploma in Moscow, with triumph in Vienna in 1976.
He has served as principal cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic since 1973. Franz Bartolomey is a third-generation member of the orchestra. His grandfather was principal clarinet and his father a violinist. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle, and is a member of a number of chamber-music groups, including the Vienna Soloists Ensemble and the Vienna Virtuosi. He has appeared as a soloist under the conductors Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, André Previn, Roger Norrington and Simon Rattle, among others, in Philharmonic subscription concerts, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival Weeks, Vienna Modern, Carinthian Summer and the Salzburg Mozart Weeks.
He has appeared as a soloist with Claudio Abbado’s Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and in chamber music with André Previn, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Oleg Maisenberg, Helmut Deutsch, Ernst Kovacic, Tzimon Barto, Stephan Vladar, Boris Pergamenschikov, Igor Oistrakh, Christian Altenburger, Pierre Amoyal, Gil Shaham, Sylvia McNair, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, and Jessye Norman.
He has given master-courses at the Attergau International Orchestral Institute and the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival, and played for many television transmissions and recordings as a soloist and in chamber music, including a recording of Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Vienna Philharmonic under André Previn, and Cello Sonatas by Brahms and Richard Strauss with Madoka Inui. He plays a cello by David Tecchler, made in Rome in 1727.