SELECTED FOR NASOM 2016/2017: BartolomeyBittmann

BartolomeyBittmann © Leo Fellinger
BartolomeyBittmann © Leo Fellinger

The New Austrian Sound of Music – in short NASOM – is a long-term sponsorship program by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), promoting young Austrian musicians for the fifth time in the two-year period 2016/2017.

The aim of NASOM is to offer support for international performances of promising young talents with the help of a global network of embassies, cultural forums and consulates.
A further objective of NASOM is to draw more attention to the fact that Austrian music creation – beyond the traditional – is as vibrant, modern and culturally diverse as ever.
The young artists accepted for this program were selected in cooperation with the organization mica – music information center austria and local music universities.
Here once again, young emerging musicians from the genres classical, jazz, world, contemporary and pop music were chosen to participate in this sponsorship program.

Among the 25 selected artists for the NASOM program:


The bridge that the two string musicians Matthias Bartolomey (cello) and Klemens Bittmann (violin, viola, mandola) draw in their diversified musical renditions, ranges from classically-oriented chamber music, through various sidesteps towards jazz, to accents of rock and pop. The two musicians share a deep love and respect for the sound of their instruments, as well as a strong passion for jointly developing new possible soundscapes. Equipped with playfulness, their compositions oscillate between powerful high-speed riffs, spontaneous improvisations, and dreamily restrained and soulfully played passages. Not to mention, the special groove that this Styrian-Viennese duo manages to awaken with its classical instruments.

Matthias Bartolomey – cello
Klemens Bittmann – violin, viola, mandola


(Photo: BartolomeyBittmann © Leo Fellinger)

An initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs