Franz Bartolomey (cello) is the legendary principal cello of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Following in the footsteps of both father and grandfather, he played for four and a half decades in this orchestra, steeped in tradition. He is known the world over and has appeared with Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, Rudolf Buchbinder and Thomas Hampson amongst others. A penchant for music and literature projects has led to collaborations with Klaus Maria Brandauer, Peter Simonischek and Cornelius Obonya. In 2012 he received the Ring of Honour from the Vienna State Opera and published a book called “Was zählt, ist der Augenblick. Die Bartolomeys – 120 Jahre an der Wiener Staatsoper” (It’s now that matters. The Bartolomeys – 120 years at the Vienna State Opera).