Otto Sauter, Germany is known as one of the world‘s leading trumpet soloists. As specialist on the piccolo trumpet, he has appeared in all major concert halls. He played with the Philharmonia Orchestra London in presence of Prince Charles at St. James‘s Palace, in St. Peter‘s Square for Pope John Paul II and in the Forbidden City in Beijing.
1988-1998 he was principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra. 1991 he opened up the annual Int. Trumpet Days (guests e.g. Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Montserrat Caballé, Maurice André). 1994 he founded the Int. Trumpet Academy, for the most gifted young trumpet students and 2014 the World Brass Association, a worldwide cooperation of festivals, orchestras, universities and cultural institutions to support brass music in masterclasses, concerts and professional exchange
He is artistic director of the annual „Wartburg-Festival“, the international choir- and music festival „Musica Sacra a Roma“ in Rome and at the Vatican, the „Little Amadeus Live“ concert series in cooperation with the worldwide succesful children’s TV series and the „Playtime Live City Concert Tour“ during the Football World Championship supported by the OC FIFA World Cup 2006. In 2014 he took over the Artistic Direc- tion of the Neuschwanstein Festival, in one of the most famous castles in the world, built by King Ludwig II. in Bavaria, Germany.
Otto Sauter worked with artists and orchestras like: RSO Prague, RSO MDR, Czech Philharmonic Orche- stra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Munich Chamberorchestra, Amazonas Philharmonic, Kiev Philharmonic, Edita Gruberova, José Carreras, Gösta Winberg, Ivo Porgorelich, Elena Bashkirova, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Mikis Theodorakis.
Karel Malimánek was born on 30. 12. 1961 in Ledeč nad Sázavou. He studied playing the tuba at the Prague Conservatory and subsequently continued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he has finished with the title of Master of Arts. Before joining the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, he played in the Film Symphony Orchestra, the National Theater Orchestra and in the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He was (and still is) also part of some chamber orchestras: Universal Brass, Prague Brass, Prague brass soloists, Czech Brass and Low Brass of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also involved in teaching activities - he teaches playing the tuba at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
He studied at the Pavel Josef Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kroměříž, Czech Republic, with Rudolf Beran, the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts with Professor Jaroslav Kummer and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Mgr. Jiří Sušický. On top of that, he complemented his education at Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien with Gabriel Madas.
He won the 1st prize and was named the overall winner of the Czech Conservatories Competition as well as the International Brass Competition in Brno. He was among the semi-finalists of the Hungarofest Competition in Hungary, Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and ARD International Music Competition in Germany. He took the 3rd prize at the Markneukirchen International Competition (Germany) and the 2ndprize with the laureate title at the Prague Spring International Competition.
He played in the Moravian Theatre Olomouc Orchestra for two seasons and was the solo trombonist of the Brno National Theatre Orchestra for four seasons. He currently is the solo trombonist of the Czech Philharmonic, teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as well as many interpretation courses both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
He is a popular soloist and has performed with the Czech Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz/Reichenbach. He plays chamber and jazz music (with the Czech Philharmonic Jazz Band) and has premiered pieces by contemporary composers, including Juraj Filas, Ladislav Kubík and Pavel Slezák.