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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 through his tireless efforts to expand the repertoire, whether through commissions or the search for rarities, he makes the double bass sound in a new variety. For example, together with his father, the composer Wolfram Wagner, he arranged Dvořák’s fragments of the Cello Concerto in A major into the Double Bass Concerto in D major, which he premiered at the KKL Lucerne in the summer of 2023.

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

Dominik Wagner has already performed with renowned orchestras such as the Camarata Salzburg, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra or the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and in concert halls in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Vienna (Musikverein and Konzerthaus), Munich (Herkulessaal) and Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), among others. He is associated with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra as a Young Artist. He is also a regular in the United States with orchestral concerts, solo recitals, chamber music and master classes.

In 2021 Wagner’s first solo CD Giovanni Bottesini – Revolution of Bass was released by Berlin Classics. Chapters – A Double Bass Story, a recital recording together with Lauma Skride, was also released by Berlin Classics in 2023. Both the album and the concert programs feature works ranging from Bach and Schubert to Piazolla and Mancini, showcasing Wagner’s entire musical range.

In addition to his solo activities, Wagner 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 Sebastian Manz and Danae Dörken. In 23/24 he will perform in a bass quartet and release a corresponding recording.

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 from 2015-2022 with Prof. Dorin Marc at the HfM Nuremberg. Since 2023 he is student of the Professional Studies Programme at Kronberg Academy. In addition he already gives master classes in Europe and the USA.

Since the fall of 2023, he has held a professorship for double bass at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Maria Frodl| Quote: Süddeutsche Zeitung, December 6th 2021
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Concerts with Dominik Wagner and Lauma Skride

13 March 2024

Dominik Wagner and Lauma Skride are coming together again this week to play concerts with their acclaimed programme, some pieces of which can also be heard on their […] more ...

Dominik Wagner in Fürth and Potsdam

12 January 2024

Dominik Wagner will be in Germany over the next few days for very different concert projects. He is currently at the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn, where he […] more ...

New album by Dominik Wagner

17 November 2023

Today sees the release of a very special new album by Dominik Wagner with Berlin Classics. On “Double Bass Rhapsody” he plays works from Bach to Bruckner, from […] more ...

Dominik Wagner with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

21 September 2023

This Friday, Dominik Wagner will be part of the concerts held for the friends of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Zurich. Under the direction of Willi Zimmermann he […] more ...

Dominik Wagner at the Mosel Music Festival

21 July 2023

This Sunday Dominik Wagner will play together with Lauma Skride at the Mosel Music Festival. In the spirit of their album Chapters – A double bass story, which […] more ...

Marc Gruber and the Bochum Symphonic Orchestra

7 June 2023

Marc Gruber is spending the week with the Bochum Symphonic Orchestra to be part of two concerts titled “Patriotic Glances”. Together with tenor James Gilchrist and conductor Pablo […] more ...

Dominik Wagner: Dvorak Premiere in Lucerne

6 June 2023

Tomorrow on Wednesday, Dominik Wagner will perform two concerts at the KKL Lucerne together with the Camerata Schweiz under the direction of Howard Griffiths. The young double bass […] more ...

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

8 July 2024

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

Double Bass Quartet

1 June 2024

Dominik Wagner Felix Leissner Todor Markovic José Trio   Program 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, […] more ...

Dominik Wagner with the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn

11 May 2024

After Dominik Wagner recorded Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante together with the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn (WKO), and Emmanuel Tjeknavorian in 2021, they continued their collaboration together with him as […] more ...

Dominik Wagner with Danae Dörken and Sebastian Manz

17 April 2024

Sebastian Manz | Clarinet Dominik Wagner | Double Bass Danae Dörken | Piano   Program Bruch Excerpts from 8 pieces op. 83 1. Andante | 2. Allegro con moto […] more ...

Klassik, Tango, Jazz

11 April 2024

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 ...

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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 

Concerto in D major for double bass and orchestra (arr. cello concerto in A major (1865) by Dominik and Wolfram Wagner)

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

A. Martin
Concerto for double bass and orchestra

A. Previn
Double concerto for violin, contrabass, and orchestra

F. Proto
A Carmen Fantasy

N. Rota
Divertimento Concertante

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

W. Wagner

Double Bass Rhapsody

Josef Rheinberger: Abendlied (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Bruckner: Locus Iste (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Bruckner: Christus Factus Est (arr. Dominik Wagner)
J. S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, op. 95 (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Barber: Adagio for strings (arr. Dominik Wagner)
J. S. Bach: Cello suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Freddie Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody (arr. Dominik Wagner)
Joey Tempest: The Final Countdown (arr. Dominik Wagner)

Dominik Wagner (Double Bass), Christoph Wimmer (Double Bass), Herbert Mayr (Double Bass), José Trigo (Double Bass)

Berlin Classics, 2023


Myroslaw Skoryk: Melody
Nadia Boulanger: Cantique
John Rutter: The lord bless you and keep you
Peteris Vasks: Andante cantabile
Rachmaninov: Silence of the secret night
Max Richter: Mercy
Philip Glass: The poet acts
Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, D. 776
Schubert / Jarkko Riihimäki: Ständchen – reharmonized
Ravel: Pavane pour und infante défunte M. 19
Debussy: Beau Soir L. 6
Faure: Élegie op. 24
Piazzolla: Ave Maria
Charlie Chaplin: Theme from Modern Times
Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer: Moon River

Dominik Wagner (Double Bass), Lauma Skride (Piano)

Berlin Classics, 2022

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 (Conductor)

Berlin Classics, 2020


Beethoven: Piano rrio 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 Classics, 2016

Dominik Wagner & Dvoraks Concerto in D-Major for Double Bass and Orchestra, Arr. Dominik and Wolfram Wagner

Dominik Wagner: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Dominik Wagner & Christoph Wimmer in conversation

Dominik Wagner and Polina Sasko: Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

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 – 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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