With EMI Classics, Otto Sauter started his CD series of world premiere recordings „World of Baroque“, with concerts from his music collection containing about 600 rediscovered compositions of baroque and early classical masters like A. Scarlatti, G. Reutter or J. M. Molter, that were not peformed in the last 250 years.
Besides the baroque repertory, Otto Sauter dedicated himself to the enlargement of contemporary original literature for piccolo trumpet. He commissioned works by Julien Francois Zbinden, Harald Genzmer and Jan Koetsier. In 2004 he presented three world premieres of pieces of the Czech composer Juraj Filas, who- se teacher was a student of Dvorák. Two of them took place on the Beethoven Fest Bonn: The concert for pic- colo trumpet and symphony orchestra, with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, that was characterized as „Mu- sic as emotional vehement as Mahler and melodic as beautiful as Puccini“ (Bonner Rundschau) and Filas‘ „Apassionata“ for trumpet and organ. In the Berlin and Cologne Philharmony, Otto Sauter premiered the trumpet concerto for piccolo trumpet and symphony orchestra, the international renowned Greek compo- ser Mikis Theodorakis wrote for him, in October 2008 (directed by Gert Hof/arrangement Robert Gulya).
In 2016 he premiered Ikarus, Desire for Light – Concert for Piccolo Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra, written by the German composer Enjott Schneider for Otto Sauter in a Ring Premiere at the Amazon Opera House in Manaus/Brasilien followed by Teheran, Istanbul, Kiew, Philadelphia and Gdansk.
Following his motto „Remarkable Music Needs Remarkable Places“, Otto Sauter celebrated the inaugu- ration of the first „Wartburg-Festival“ in May 2004. On the legendary Wartburg – the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, where Martin Luther translated the bible – he invited good friends and internationally reknowned artists like Lucia Aliberti, Justus Frantz, Klaus Mertens, Matthias Eisenberg, Spanish Brass, The Power of Parsifal, Ten of the Best and many more to join in a fascina-ting festival. In 2014, he takes over the Artistic Direction of the Neuschwanstein Festival, in one of the most famous castles in the world, built by King Ludwig II. in Bavaria, Germany.
In July 2005 Otto Sauter inaugurated the first international choir- and music festival „Musica Sacra a Roma“ in Rome and at the Vatican. Because of its symbiosis of masterpieces of arts and culture, the festival became a unique event in the fascinating scenery of the „Eternal City“ of Rome and the Va- tican. World stars in music, like the Italian Soprano Lucia Aliberti, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the organ players Michael Schönheit and Christian Schmitt and many more, came together with 32 choirs from more than 20 nations in exclusive festival concerts all in Rome‘s most beautiful and im- portant churches, to set a sign for ecumenism and the unification of all nations in the world. Patron of the festival is Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifi cium Consilium De Cultura, Vatican.
In 2006 – on the occasion of the 250th birthday of W. A. Mozart – he initiated the „Little Amadeus & Friends Aktionstag“ for German grammar schools together with Peter Will the television producer of the succesful children’s TV series. The cartoon series was awarded with the „Echo Klassik“ for children in 2006. The project under the protectorate of the German Mozart-Society aims at familiarizing children with classical music in an entertaining way. The „Little Amadeus & Friends Aktionstag“ is supported by several important German institutions: Deutscher Musikrat, DOV, BDMV, Deutsche Phonoakademie, VDS, VdM etc. In 2007/8 he started as artistic director the „Little Amadeus Live“ concert series and played 80 concerts in 40 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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. In August 2001 they launched the inauguration of the new Arena Auf- Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with a fanfare especially composed for Europe’s most modern football stadium, in front of 70.000 spectators. Highlight 2006 under his Artistic Direction was the „Playtime Live City Concert Tour“ during the Football World Championship supported by the Organising Committee FIFA World Cup 2006. The festival took place under the patronage of Dr. Theo Zwanziger (Vicepresident OK FIFA WM 2006) all over Germany and was launched from the FIFA to demonstrate and celebrate the di- versity and hospitality of Germany. The festival presented a music selection of the great football continents in 16 concerts (free of charge) in cities like Bremen, Ludwighafen, Trier, on islands like Rügen or Norderney, and at representative public places as well as historic sites like the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Sem- peroper or the market place in Händel’s hometown Halle. At the festival Otto Sauter presented „Ten of the Best plus one“ that on request of the FIFA was adjusted to 11 players like a football team and „The Power of Parsifal“, an All-Star Team of renowned international jazz musicians, both appearing with the symphony orchestras of the concert cities.
Otto Sauter works with Orchestras and artistst like e.g.: RSO Prag, RSO MDR and HR, Tscheque Phil- harmony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sin- fonia Varsovia, Wiener Kammerorchester, Münchner Kammerorchester, Staatliches Orchester Kiew, Cappella Istropolitana, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Poppen, Marcello Viotti, Hugh Wolff, Roman Kofmann, Mikis Theodorakis, Edita Gruberova, Maria Farantou- ri, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Maurice André, José Carreras, Gösta Winberg, Ivo Porgorelich, Elena Bashkirova, Montserrat Caballé, Lucia Aliberti, Jochen Kowalski, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Mendl, Mario Adorf, Mareike and Mathieu Carrière, Gert Hof, Edson Cordeiro, Level 42 Keyboarder Mike Lindup, Orange Blue Guitarplayer Roland Cabezas, Sting Guitarplayer Dominic Miller etc..