Skip to main content

Rupert Fankhau­ser

Rupert Fankhauser spielt Klarinette
© Werner Kmetitsch

Rupert Fankhauser

The Austrian clarinettist is not only active as a soloist and chamber musician for renowned orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, but also passes on his knowledge as a practitioner in the field of breathing and movement theory and holds international workshops on the subject of “Body as Instrument”.

About the artist

Rupert Fankhauser spielt Klarinette



The Austrian clarinettist Rupert Fankhauser studied clarinet at the University of Music in Vienna. He was solo clarinettist with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra (1985-2000) and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra/South Africa (1993/94).

On Stage

He toured with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras and played under conductors such as Karajan, Bernstein, Abbado, Muti, Barenboim, Levine, Previn, Pretre, Stein, Leinsdorf, Jansons, Rattle and many others. As a chamber music partner and also soloist, Fankhauser played with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali, the Cappella Istropolitana or the Camerata Carinthia. He has been a member of the vienna clarinet connection since 1999. From 2012 he also appeared on stage with the Concentus Musicus Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.


Fankhauser has also completed courses and training programmes in yoga, Alexander Technique, breathing and movement theory, and is a practitioner of the Grinberg Method Stage I and Spiral Dynamics (Basic). He gives international workshops for "Body as an Instrument" and works as a coach.

Rupert Fankhauser is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Other artists