Herbert Mayr, Double-bass

“My personal COE-Story covers the most satisfying aspects of my professional life:
Unconditional commitment to best possible music-making paired with mutual respect and appreciation amongst the players. Every time I came back to play as a substitute, I was able to experience that kind of spirit like nowhere else. My time as a full member of the COE family between 1983 and 1985, followed by many years of occasional playing as a guest, had a big influence on shaping me both as a musician and a human being. Lifelong friendships, unforgettable encounters and tons of memories keep being present. What else can you expect..?”


Born in Wels 1961
Doublebass-studies at Vienna University of Music with Ludwig Streicher,
Diploma with distinction from the Secretary of State for Arts and Science 1986
Studies at Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Franco Petracchi

Positions in Orchestras since 1981:

RSO Radio-Sinfonie-Orchestra Vienna (1981-83)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe (1983-85)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1985-87)
Bavarian State Orchestra Munich (Principal Doublebass 1987-89)

Since 1989 Principal Doublebass at Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Co-Founder of Ensemble Bassinstinct, active in contemporary and Chamber music.

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