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 (10 players), Vienna Symphony (7 players and solo viola), RSO (2) , NTO ( 5 ), Staatskapelle Dresden (1 ), Mozarteum Orchestra, Wiener Volksoper (2), Bruckner Orchester Linz ( 2 solo violas), etc.
Encouraged by the acclaim of well known conductors as
Michael Tilson Thomas he worked as a conductor and orchestra educator in the 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.
Since then several concerts (also broadcasted on TV) and CDs with the label „Camerata Tokyo“ have taken place.
As guest conductor Ochsenhofer appeared in Sofia at the SOFIA MUSIC FESTIVAL( including TV broadcast) and twice
in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with the YOUNG ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC (Haydn Symphony Nr. 83 and Tschaikovsky Symphony Nr. 5, Hindemith and Dvorak 7th symphony )
Recently he conducted 3 productions of the OAO „Orchestra Academy Ossiach“ and at the festival Kvarner in Croatia
2012 Ochsenhofer conducted Tapei Symphony Orchestra at the New Years Eve concert series.
In Japan he worked with Gunma Symphony Orchestra and the Kusatsu Festival Orchestra
In 2013 his partners are the PMF chamber orchestra, the „Wiener Mozartisten“, Ensemble Academy (Japan) and the Austrian Orchestra Academy Ossiach