Oberton String Octet

Since their inception in 2015, the OSO has performed widely throughout Europe to critical acclaim. Highlights include their debut at the Musikverein Graz (Austria), a performance at the Vienna Film Festival in Yekaterinburg (Russia), playing for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Austria at the Vienna Hofburg in the presence of the Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, several concerts at the Steirisches Kammermusikfestival as the ensemble in residence as well as appearances at the Sounding Jerusalem Festival (Isreal).

Other noteworthy activities include the 22nd Music Night of Sarajevo Festival, the Euro Chamber Festival in Gdansk (Poland), the opening of the Carinthian Summer in Ossiach (Austria), the Kultur.LEBEN concert series in Bludenz (Austria), the Jeunesse concert series in Vienna as well as a collaborative concert with Markus Schirmer at MuTh concert hall in Vienna. Alongside these highlights, the octet also continues to perform various concerts at their training base of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, with several of their performances there having been broadcasted on Austrian national radio and TV over the years.

Not just an octet, the OSO expanded to create Oberton+, which has given rise to projects with soloists such as Markus Schirmer, Erich Oskar Huetter and Yevgeny Chepovetsky, where Oberton+ serves as a chamber orchestra.

Made up of eight young musicians from all over Europe, the ensemble finds great joy in the challenges and possibilities that come with being one of the more unusual formations for a chamber music ensemble. From standard works of the genre’s repertoire to distinctive arrangements, to rarely performed works and world premieres, the ensemble continues to diversify the endless possibilities that eight string instruments have to offer. As a culturally diverse ensemble, the young musicians are united by common goals: to produce the highest level of concerts on local and international stages, as well as to promote the concept of unity through music.

The Oberton String Octet continues to find new and innovative ways in which to bring people together through the power of music. As a result of this, the ensemble has started a project called Homeland Melodies, in which they arrange, record and perform popular and traditional melodies from around the world. The ensemble also performs at many charity events, among them the cooperation with the Lions Club as well as with Caritas in Bludenz, Austria, where the money for AIDS orphans in Ethiopia was collected.

Another focus of the ensemble is the musical education of young people. On a regular basis they visit primary schools, secondary schools and music schools to arouse young people’s interest in classical music. The OSO have also attracted a wide audience in social networks. On Facebook, their site counts several thousand subscribers and her music video for Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango has been viewed a quarter of a million times.

In addition, the young musicians run a YouTube channel, where they regularly publish music videos, recordings of their performances and travel reports.