Born in Vienna, Franz Bartolomey studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof. Richard Krotschak and private under Prof. Emanuel Brabec.
He has been awarded numerous prizes, so at the international competitions in Budapest 1963, Moscow 1966 and Vienna 1967.
Franz Bartolomey is principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the VPO since three generations (his grandfather was solo clarinettist and his father was violonist).
Franz Bartolomey is internationally active as a solist and chamber musician. He is a member of the "Wiener Solistenensembles", the "Wiener Solistentrio", the ensemble "Do You Know?" and the "Wiener Virtuosen".
He has played as a solist under Leonhard Bernstein, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Sir André Previn, Bernhard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Sir Simon Rattle, to name a few.
Among his chamber music partners, he also lists such renowned artists as Sir André Previn, Oleg Maisenberg, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Altenburger, Igor Oistrach, Boris Pergamenschikov, Gil Shaham, Stefan Vladar, Sylvia McNair, Barbara Bonney, Jessey Norman and Thomas Hampson.
Franz Bartolomey regularly gives master classes.
Several television, radio and CD recordings document Franz Bartolomey´s work (particularly worthy of mention is his recording of Richard Strauss´ "Don Quixote" with Sir André Previn and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the TELARC label). He also recorded for NAXOS and BMG.
Since 2004 he is also principal Cellist of the "Luzern Festival Orchestra" under Claudio Abbado.
Franz Bartolomey plays a cello by David Tecchler Rome 1727.