First solo cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic until 2012 and member of this orchestra in the third generation. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Hofmusikkapelle in Vienna.
Born in Vienna, he received his first cello lessons from Ewald Winkler at the age of six. He then studied at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Richard Krotschak and Emanuel Brabec. Intensive international concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician have shaped the musical biography of the cellist since his early youth.
Franz Bartolomey won the international cello competitions in Budapest (1963), Moscow (1966) and Vienna (1967).
He is a member of various chamber music associations, including the "Viennese virtuoso" and creates various extremely successful literary-musical projects with the castle actors Petra Morzé and Birgit Minichmayr, Michael Heltau, Peter Simonischek, Cornelius Obonya and Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Since 2014 "Bartolomeys in the MuTh" - extraordinary programs around 2 cellos together with his son Matthias and artist friends from the music, film and theater world.
Solo concerts with Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Sir André Previn, Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Roger Norrington, among others at the subscription concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic, at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival Weeks, at the “Wien modern” festival, the international music festival in Lucerne and at the Carinthian Summer.
As a chamber music partner he works i.a. with Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Oleg Maisenberg, Helmut Deutsch, Ernst Kovacic, Rudolf Buchbinder, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and Thomas Hampson.
Franz Bartolomey is also involved as a lecturer in international master courses, is a visiting professor for orchestra preparation at the University of Art in Graz and a sought-after juror at international competitions.
Among Bartolomey's numerous TV, CD and radio recordings, Richard Strauss's “Don Quixote” with the Vienna Philharmonic under Sir André Previn and the recordings of the cello sonatas by Brahms, Richard Strauss, Joh. Nepomuk Hummel and Frederic Chopin deserve special mention.
Franz Bartolomey plays as a guest solo cellist at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and was the first solo cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.
Franz Bartolomey is the sponsor, among others the Great Silver Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria, the Cross of Honor for Science and Art and the Medal of Honor of the City of Vienna.
In June 2012 he was awarded the Ring of Honor at the Vienna State Opera.
In 2012 his book was published: Franz Bartolomey, “What counts is the moment”, The Bartolomeys 120 Years at the Vienna State Opera, Amalthea Verlag Vienna, 2012
He plays a violoncello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris around 1860