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Dominik Wagner

“Born in 1997 in Vienna, Dominik Wagner takes Bottesini’s tonal beauty, vocal and melodic attractiveness so passionately serious, and masters the required artistry with such breathy lightness that one would like to think the double bass is the softest-sounding and most virtuosic string instrument.”

Dominik Wagner aims to liberate his instrument from the shadowy existence of the cello and present new facets of the double bass. He succeeds not only with an engaging stage presence, impressive virtuosity and vocal melodic delivery, but also with a tireless commitment to expanding the repertoire, whether through commissions or his own arrangements. 

In just his mid-20s, Wagner is a scholarship recipient of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and an ECHO Klassik winner, 2022 he was furthermore awarded the Opus Klassik as Young Talent of the Year. He is also a prize-winner in almost all double bass competitions, such as the Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition, as well as the ARD International Music Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, among others.

Dominik Wagner has already performed with renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra or the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and in concert halls in Vienna (Musikverein and Konzerthaus), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Munich (Herkulessaal) and Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), among others. He is associated with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra as a Young Artist.

The 2021 season included the release of his first solo CD Giovanni Bottesini – Revolution of Bass on Berlin Classics, performances of Georg Breinschmid’s Double Bass Concerto written for him with the Camerata Salzburg and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, and several world premieres, including one by Wolfram Wagner at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. 

In the 2022/23 season, Dominik Wagner will be touring the USA twice: first with the Bradetich Foundation, where he will also play his debut recital in Carnegie Hall, and then with the ensemble Mutter’s Virtuosi via the Anne Sophie Mutter Foundation.

In addition to his solo activities, Dominik is a passionate chamber musician and is constantly searching for new timbres through new orchestrations. This has resulted in a duo with jazz double bassist Georg Breinschmid, as well as a clarinet trio with Vera Karner and Aurelia Visovan. With the latter he won, among others, the Fanny Mendelssohn-Förderpreis.

Dominik Wagner was initially trained as a cellist before switching to the double bass in 2007. His 4 years in the concert choir of the Vienna Boys Choir were a formative musical influence. In addition, he regularly gives master classes in Europe and the USA.

He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Josef Niederhammer and Mag. Werner Fleischmann from 2009 to 2015, and since 2015 with Prof. Dorin Marc at the HfM Nuremberg.

Season 2022/2023 | Photo: Maria Frodl | Quote: Süddeutsche Zeitung, December 6 2021.
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New Album from Dominik Wagner

10 March 2023

Today the new album from double bass player Dominik Wagner and pianist Lauma Skride is being released. CHAPTERS – A Double Bass Story contains 15 pieces by 15 […] more ...

Dominik Wagner at Beethoven-Haus Bonn

9 December 2022

This Sunday, Dominik Wagner will perform together with pianist Sofija Palurovic at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. As part of its “Young Stars”-series they will present a program consisting of […] more ...

US Tour incl. Debut at Carnegie Hall for Dominik Wagner

28 October 2022

Dominik Wagner will spend the next few weeks in the US, presented by the Bradetich Foundation. He will play several recitals and give various masterclasses. Highlights are surely […] more ...

Dominik Wagner and Lauma Skride

9 November 2022

Dominik Wagner and Lauma Skride have created a colorful program together, that soon can be heard on CD, too – they recorded an album together in the late […] more ...

Double Bass Quartet

5 October 2022

Dominik Wagner Christoph Wimmer Herbert Mayr José Trio Programm Bruckner Locus Iste Bruckner Christus factus est Piazzolla Tango Basso (Arr. A. Wiebecke-Gottstein) Piazzolla (J’attends, La Misma Pena, Saint Louis en L’Ile, Guardia […] more ...

Klassik, Tango, Jazz

11 July 2022

Dominik Wagner plays these programs for example with Can Çakmur (piano). Both musicians have played numerous concerts together so they find their balance perfectly. You may get a […] more ...

Dominik Wagner with Jevgenijs Čepoveckis and Aaron Pilsan

11 July 2022

Dominik Wagner | Double Bass Jevgenijs Čepoveckis | Violin Aaron Pilsan | Piano For a first impression, you may have a look at this video, where Dominik Wagner plays Bottesini’s Reverie […] more ...

Dominik Wagner with Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Maximilian Hornung

11 July 2022

After Dominik Wagner recorded Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante together with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn (WKO), and Emmanuel Tjeknavorian in 2021, he now performs a program as Young […] more ...

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Concerto in F-sharp minor
Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and orchestra
Gran Duo Concertante for cello, double bass and orchestra
Gran Duo for clarinet, double bass and orchestra

G. Breinschmid 

S. Koussevitzky
Concerto in F-sharp minor, op. 3

A. Martin
Concerto for double bass and orchestra

F. Proto
A Carmen Fantasy

N. Rota
Divertimento Concertante

J. M. Sperger
Concerto No. 15 in D major

W. Wagner

Revolution of Bass

Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Double Bass & Orchestra
Gran Duo Concertante Themes from Bellinis “I Puritani” for Cello, Double Bass & Orchestra
Une bouche aimmee for Soprano, Double Bass & Piano
Tutto che il mondo serra for Soprano, Double Bass & Piano
Allegretto Capriccio for Double Bass & Piano
Reverie for Double Bass & Piano

Dominik Wagner (Double Bass), Ursula Langmayr (Soprano), Jeremias Fliedl (Cello), Benjamin Schmid (Violin), Can Cakmur (Piano), Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Berlin, DDD, 2020


Beethoven: Piano Trio B-flat major for Clarinet, Double Bass, Piano op. 11 “Gassenhauer-Trio” (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Bottesini: Gran Duo A major Themes from Bellinis “I Puritani” for Cello, Double Bass, Orchestra op. posth.
Bruch: 2 Pieces op. 83 for Clarinet, Double Bass, Piano (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Juon: 2 Trio Miniaturen op. 184a & 24a (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Chaet: Zweiklang für ein Trio
Breinschmid: Musette pour Elisabeth
W. Wagner: Fantasiestück

Vera Karner (Clarinet), Dominik Wagner (Double bass), Aurelia Visovan (Piano), Strings from Wiener Symphoniker

Berlin, DDD, 2016

Dominik Wagner with Lauma Skride: Philip Glass: The Poet Acts

Dominik Wagner – Bottesini: Concerto for double bass No. 1, Movement 3

Dominik Wagner with Kiron Atom-Tellian – Dvorak: Concerto for double bass in D major

Dominik Wagner with Tjeknavorian and Sietzen – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Dominik Wagner – F. Rabbath: Iberique Peninsulaire for double bass solo

Dominik Wagner with Can Çakmur – V. Montag: Sonata for double bass and piano in e-minor

Dominik Wagner – N. Rota: Divertimento Concertante

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