Andreas Hofmeir, Univ.Prof.
University Professor in Tuba
- Mirabellplatz 1
- 5020 Salzburg
In 2013 Andreas Hofmeir received an ECHO Klassik award as “Instrumentalist of the Year”, and thus for the first time one of Europe’s most important music prizes was awarded to a tuba player.
Andreas Martin Hofmeir, undoubtedly one of the best and most versatile instrumentalists of our time, is a crossover artist who performs between various different genres. Aged 35 he is professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, tuba player in one of the most highly sought-after pop bands, the Bavarian cult band LaBrassBanda, and is also a prize-winning cabaret artist. He is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and gives master-classes throughout the world.
Andreas Hofmeir was born in 1978 in Munich and first had music lessons on the piano, percussion instruments and tenor horn before changing to the tuba at the age of twelve. He took lessons with Robert Tucci (Bavarian State Opera) then studied in Berlin (Dietrich Unkrodt), Stockholm (Michael Lind) and Hanover (Jens Björn-Larsen). In 2004 Andreas Hofmeir won the renowned international tuba competition Citta di Porcia in Pordenone (Italy) and also – as the first tuba player in the history of the competition – the German Music Competition in 2005 in Berlin. He received scholarships from the orchestral academies of the Berlin Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic, and played with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra. From 2004 to 2008 he was solo tuba player in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz under Dennis Russell Davies.
Andreas Hofmeir has performed as soloist with the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Brucknerorchester Linz, the State Orchestra of Lower Saxony in Hanover, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Philharmonie Vorpommern, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, the Bläser-philharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg and the Junge Philharmonie Salzburg. In October 2013 he performed with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra (televised live on Germany’s ZDF channel) and in 2014 made his solo debut with the Munich Philharmonic.
Together with the harp player Andreas Mildner he founded the first tuba and harp duo in the world and has given concerts at renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Festival Mitte Europa, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele and at the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro. Andreas Hofmeir has performed chamber music with the Sharoun-Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, the brass quintet of the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Heavy Tuba Ensemble.
Besides his activity as a classical musician Hofmeir has also performed for thirteen years as a cabaret artist. He played and wrote the texts for the programmes of the music cabaret Star Fous – Die Musik schlägt zurück and for the word cabaret ensemble Die Qualkommission, which was awarded a prize at the renowned Passau Scharfrichterbeil festival. Together with Roman Deininger he wrote and directed the cabaret Der Ball ist wund performed in the Landestheater Linz in 2008.
Andreas Hofmeir also has a very successful career as a pop musician. With the Bavarian band LaBrassBanda he was the “Winner of the Hearts” at the Eurovision Song Contest and with their third album Europa (issued by Sony) raced to the Top 10 of the German charts. In 2013 LaBrassBanda performed concerts on a tour of Germany for about 500,000 listeners. They also appeared on many television programmes on ARD and ZDF.
Andreas Hofmeir’s solo concerts are regularly broadcast by various radio stations, including BR, NDR, SWR, Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk and RAI. He has recorded Martin Ellerby’s Tuba Concerto with the German Bläserphilharmonie on CD. Andreas Hofmeir’s CDs World Premieres, containing only first recordings, for instance of the tuba concertos by Duda, Näther and Roikjer (ECHO Klassik 2013) and Why not? with works for the tuba and harp duo were issued on the Genuin label.
Andreas Hofmeir plays B&S tubas.