Annemarie Ortner-Kläring, Violin
Annemarie Ortner-Kläring war born in Salzburg. She studied at the Mozarteum and at what was then the College for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the instruction of Franz Samohyl. In 1972 she graduated with a distinction. In the same year she became a member of the Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien (RSO, Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra). In 1976 she became the first female concert master in Austria.
With the RSO Wien she also performed as a soloist, among others together with Jaime Laredo and Wolfgang Schulz. Furthermore, she leads the Kläring quartett which she also founded. The quartett consist of principals of the RSO; it has made a name for itself especially through its production of contemporary works – among others by Friedrich Cerha and György Ligeti. Ortner-Kläring also was concert master of the ensemble “die reihe”, which was founded by Cerha, and regularly participates in the “Concentus musicus Vienna”, which is led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Since 2000, Annemarie Ortner-Kläring leads a violin class at the Franz Schubert music school in her home town of Hinterbrühl. Furthermore, she is the art director of Camp Styria, an orchestra class for children in southern Styria.