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One is “almost overwhelmed by the wealth of timbres.”(Crescendo)

Bettina Aust inspires audiences with her dynamic and sensitive playing, both as an outstanding soloist and as a passionate chamber musician. First prizes at the German Music Competition 2015 and at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen 2014 prepared the way for her successful career. In 2021, her second CD was released on the GENUIN classics label. A special focus of the musician is on intercultural music projects.

Bettina Aust regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Münster Symphony Orchestra or the Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen. In 2018 she performed the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Frank Zabel. In recent years Bettina Aust attracted attention with the Clarinet Concerto by Carl Nielsen, which she performed with numerous orchestras. The clarinetist not only sets new standards with her solo playing, but has also made a name for herself in the national and international chamber music scene with her ensembles (Duo Aust, Rheingold Trio).

Her musical work has been documented by all German radio stations. Already her debut CD together with her brother and pianist Robert Aust, released in 2016 on the GENUIN classics label, received highest reviews. In 2021, her second CD "Fin de Siècle" was released in co-production with BR-Klassik. Wolfram Goertz (Rheinische Post) writes about the CD: Bettina Aust "plays with that warm-hearted, wide-ranging flexibility that has distinguished her playing for many years."

The musician speaks four languages and discovers other cultures with great passion. Concert tours have taken her to Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Algeria, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Mexico, in addition to other European countries. The clarinetist has collaborated with local musicians and composers and has given master classes at local music conservatories. In 2020, she performed the world premiere of the work "Buláwa" by the Costa Rican composer Manuel Matarrita.

Bettina Aust has been principal clarinetist of the Augsburg Philharmonic since 2014. Engagements as an orchestral musician have taken her to the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Bavarian State Opera, among others.

Since 2017, the clarinetist has been a lecturer at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg. She also teaches regularly at the chamber music course for young musicians of Jeunesses Musicales Germany and is involved in "Rhapsody in School" for musical education in German schools. She received her own musical training with Sabine Meyer (Lübeck), Johannes Peitz (Hanover) and Pascal Moraguès (Paris). She has been supported by numerous foundations and was a long-time scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
© Bettina Aust 2020
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