Born in Graz, Austria, Klemens Bittmann studied classical violin at the University of Music and Arts in Graz and Jazz violin at the Didier Lockwood Music Center in Paris.
Back in Austria he founded the bands Beefólk, folksmilch, Radio String Quartet and BartolomeyBittmann which already are major acts in the world-music jazz-scene in Austria. In these groups he plays violin and mandola as well as he uses his composing and arranging abilities. A large number of concert tours from Austria and Germany to Iceland, USA, Netherlands, Iran, Norway, Malta, Kenia, China, Hong Kong and Russia. Besides these two projects exist collaborations with Klaus Paier (Klaus Paier Trio and String quartet), Wolfgang Muthspiel (Beefólk feat. Wolfgang Muthspiel), Gerald Preinfalk (Tangogo and Moskau52), Alegre Correa, Alex Deutsch, Louie Austen, Thomas Mauerhofer, Christian Bakanic, Wolfgang Temmel (Dear_GRZ), Georg Gratzer, radio string quartet (Mahavishnu project), Drew Sarich & Dead Poets String Quartet (“ugly Nina” project), Stefan Heckel, Helgi Jonsson, Broadlahn, Mercedes Echerer, Sarah Grubinger, Ursula Strauss, Alexander Tschernek, Olivier Tambosi and since 2007 with the Austrian pop singers Anna F, Maria Bill, Andrea Eckert, Paul Gulda, Erich Oskar Hütter, Cornelius Obonya and Valerie Sajdik.
String arrangements for: Boy, Andreas Bourani, Helgi Jonsson, Conchita Wurst, Sarah Nardelli, AnnaF, Rita Chiarelli, Louie Austen, Sarah Grubinger, Broadlahn, Valerie Sajdik and many others.
2009 Klemens composed the studio solo-album “leaving velidhu”.
2010 he concepted together with the classical singer Ulfried Staber the project „Frauendienst“ where the lyrical content came from the Austrian minnesänger “Ulrich von Liechtenstein”.
2011 Klemens developed on request of the “liquid music” festival in “Judenburg” the sound performance “from the distance” and 2012 the live performance “en passant“.
2014 Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition finalist.
Klemens has always been an in demand studio string-arranger and musician for various projects.
2014 release of the first BartolomeyBittmann album “Meridian”
2015 release of the second BartolomeyBittmann album “Neubau” at Preiser Records Vienna.
Klemens Bittmann plays a violin by Josephus Pauli (Linz, 1817), a mandola by Markus Kirchmayr (Natters in Tirol, 2004) and Thomastik-Infeld Vienna strings.