Mr. Ochsenhofer was born on 13 January 1948 in Graz( Austria). He received his first musical education in Oberschützen (part of the University of Music in Graz -violin, trumpet). Then he studied violin with Prof. Franz Samohyl at the University of Music in Vienna.
1971 violinist in the VIENNA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
1975 changing to the viola section within the orchestra (2nd solo-viola)
1977 graduated with honours (viola) with Prof. Siegfried Führlinger
1977 successful audition for the orchestra of the VIENNA STATE OPERA
1978 leader of the viola-section
1980 member of the VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
He was also a member of the WIENER VIRTUOSEN1989-1999.
Since 1999 he is member of the VIENNA STRING QUARTETT. Many tours, TV-shows as well as CD-recordings with these ensembles made him well known in Europe and overseas.
1983 he was invited to teach as professor at the Conservatory of Vienna.
1993 he became o. Univ. Prof. for viola at the University of Music in Vienna. Many of his students succeeded in auditions for many renowned orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (12 players), Vienna Symphony (7 players and solo viola), RSO (2) , NTO ( 5 ), Staatskapelle Dresden (1 ), Mozarteum Orchestra, Wiener Volksoper, Bruckner Orchester LInz ( 2 solo violas), Kopenhagen Radio, Oslo philharmonic, etc.
Encouraged by the acclaim of well known conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas he worked as a conductor and orchestra educator in USA (American Orchestra Institut, New World Symphony Orchestra ), in Japan PMF ( founded by Leonard Bernstein ), in Austria at the Attergau Institute, Gustav Mahler Orchestra etc..
His Vienna - debut as a conductor took place in December 2005 . This concert was the opening event of the Mozart Year in the series “Zusammenklaenge“ with “ WIENER MOZARTISTEN” (members of the Vienna Philharmonic) , an orchestra he has founded one year before.
Following concerts (also broadcasted on TV) in Austria ( ec.Vienna Musikverein) ,Greece, Germany and Japan.
Gramola produced a CD from the first concert in Vienna, and 3 more CDs produced by Camerata Tokyo have been released.
Besides in concerts with Wiener Mozartisten, Ochsenhofer appeared as conductor in Sofia at the SOFIA MUSIC FESTIVAL( including TV broadcast),
repeatedly in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with the YOUNG ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC (Haydn Symphony Nr. 83 and Tschaikovsky Symphony Nr. 5, Dvorak 7th Symphony and Hindemith Symphonische Metamorphosen )
in several concerts with the „ Orchestra Academy Ossiach “ (a project supported by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra),
and concerts in Japan with Gunma Symphony and the Kusatsu Festival Orchestra.