Otto Sauter is well-known as one of the world‘s leading trumpet soloists. He was given his first trumpet lessons when he was only 4 years old. At the age of 16 he continued his musical training with Claude Rippas at the Winterthur Conservatoire, where he received his teaching and orchestral diploma in 1984 and his soloist diploma one year later. After graduating, Otto Sauter pursued further studies with Bo Nilsson in Sweden and Pierre Thibaud in Paris.
From 1988 until 1998 he was appointed principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1991 he has been artistic director of the annual Bremen International Trumpet Festival, one of the world‘s leading events for brass players. In 1994 Otto Sauter founded the Bremen Trumpet Academy, which offered the most gifted young trumpet players from all over the world a unique training programme.
Sauter participated in numerous festivals, such as Schafhof-Festival, Hohentwiel-Festival, Beethoven Fest Bonn, Wartburg-Festival, Musica Sacra a Roma, Eternal City and others.
Otto Sauter works with orchestras like RSO Prague, RSO MDR and HR, Czech Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Wiener Kammerorchester, Münchner Kammerorchester, Kiev National Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana. He cooperates with such performers as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Poppen, Marcello Viotti, Hugh Wolff, Roman Kofmann, Mikis Theodorakis, Edita Gruberova, Maria Farantouri, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Maurice André, José Carreras, Gösta Winberg, Ivo Pogorelich, Elena Bashkirova, Montserrat Caballé, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Mendl, Mario Adorf and many others.
In addition to his work as a soloist, Otto Sauter regularly causes a sensation with his ensemble “Ten of the Best“, which brings ten of the world‘s best trumpeters together under one roof. They regularly go on concert tours in Japan, the USA and Europe.