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Outstanding musicians and experienced educators

The VMI has a large team of Austrian and international musicians who, excellent tutors and educators, enthusially pass their knowledge on their students. Aside from the appropriate study, the range and quality of the tutors is an integral part of the student´s musical development. As such the fountation for a professionel career in music can be formed.



Conrad Schrenk (guitar)

Conrad Schrenk studied classical guitar for 10 years, and jazz guitar for 4 years in Vienna. As a guitarist who has worked together with many of the greats of the international music scene Conrad counts among the most technically perfect guitarists in Europe. In 1993, his collaboration with the USA based drummer Thomas Lang and the resulting album 'Save the robots' gathered international attention. The exceptional musicians subsequently toured with numerous international top acts such as 'Papermoon', 'The Hallucination Company' and the Austrian legend 'Falco'.

At the end of 2012, their long-awaited album 'Yumaflex' presents Conrad Schrenk´s breathtaking guitar skills. The stylistic diversity stretching from rock, metal and fusion to far eastern musical traditions and jazz elements is remarkable.

Conrad Schrenk has worked as a guitarist/composer/arranger and producer with Falco, Lionel Richie, Al Jarreau, Wolfgang Ambros, Georg Danzer, STS, Wilfried, Klaus Eberhartinger, Hallucination

Company, Russkaja, Stahlhammer, L´ame Immortelle, Romanes, Nouvelle Cousine, Thomas Lang, John Wetton, Napoleon "Murphy" Brock, Nouvelle Cousine Bigband, Go4it, Lew Soloff, Save the Robots, Wr. Symphoniker, Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler, RSO Wien unter David Newman, Hakim Ludin,...

Featured guitarist on the 2014 Grammy winning album 'Normas'.

Tours in USA, Indonesia, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Tunisia, Denmark, Eastern Europe and more.

Conrad Schrenk has been teaching main study guitar and ensemble/live performance at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute for more than 15 years and is as a Head of the guitar department involved in the development of pop and rock areas at the institute.

A central point in my teaching concept is to lead the student to creative and artistic independence via technical dexterity and reflection upon his or her own musical experiences in relation to musical world around them. Students and their achievements in the lessons receive unlimited attention. This increases their watchfulness of their own actions and offers them the opportunity to be a good teacher themselves and, later, also for others. An honest and positive teacher/student relationship is the foundation for the unfolding of skills and talent. (Conrad Schrenk)



Fred Eisler (guitar)

Guitar and jazz composition study at Berklee College of Music and the Kunstuniversität Graz ( Musicology doctoral programme at the Kunstuniversität Graz (PhD).

Concerts in Austria and its neighbouring countries, in the USA, Brasil and South Africa. Composer, guitarist and bandleader in the jazz/pop ensemble 'Camena'. Involvement with Ensemble Theater an der Josefstadt, Wiener Burgtheater, Neue Oper Wien etc.

Sing & Dance & Keep it Simple! (Fred Eisler)



Andrew Collett (guitar)

Born in Birmingham, UK in 1975, Andrew Collett grew up to the sound of classic songwriting. The Beatles, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, among others, all influenced his musical development long before he picked up his first instrument. After experience with keyboards, trumpet, and double bass, he finally found his instrument - the guitar. After experimenting with thrash metal and instrumental rock, Andrew studied guitar at the 'Birmingham Conservatoire' (UK) from 1993 to 1997 under Fred Baker.

In 2000, he came to Austria and was mainly active with pop/blues/rock bands where he started to write his own material and also began to sing. In 2013, Andrew Collett´s debut album 'Wiskey Tree' was completed and is a collection of songs written over a ten year period.

Andrew has been teaching guitar at the VMI since 2014 and in September 2016 joined the VMI International Office. Working closely with the VMI management and teachers, projects such as the 'VMI Band Contest and International Band Experience' is an example of the diverse projects taking form at the VMI.

Concerts with Martin Rattay, Dezi Schreier, Hans Zinkl, Dietmar Baumgartner, Steve Tromans, Mitch Perrins, Mike Green, Eva Feimer, Thomas Palme, Andreas Pirringer, Tom Hill, Mike Green, Steve Sheriff, and more.

Workshops: Vinnie Moore, Michael Lee Firkins, Jerry Donahue, Phil Miller, etc.

Music is a conversation. Sometimes you speak more, sometimes less. As long as we are constantly listening, we will always make worthwhile contributions - fulfilling both musician and autience alike. (Andrew Collett)



Johannes Specht (guitar)

Born and raised in Tirol, Austria, the guitarist Johannes Specht has been active as a freelance musician and instructor in Vienna since he graduated from the 'Anton Bruckner Universität Linz' with distinction. He works together with various groups and is invelved in numerous projects. From 2007 to 2008 he lived in Los Angeles as a live musician and producer. He has been a teacher at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute since 2009.

Active/working together with: S.O.D.A, Forms of Plasticity (FOP), Waxolutionists, Dschungel Theater, Lovely Rita, Andi Schreiber, Musik für Theater der Jugend, Stadttheater Mödling, Kabinett Ad CO., Doretta Carter, Ordinary World Bionic kid, James Hersey...

Album releases: Forms of plasticity 'Forms of plasticity' (Extraplatte), 'FipFop' (Universal Music), '10' (Crackedanegg Records), Ordinary Word 'Simplicity of mankind' (Monkey Music), Joh 'Some sketches for nonexistent movies', Stilleto 'Stilletomusic'

My working focus with my students lies in the optimal preparation for musical and pedagogical professional life. It is important for me to encourage and support creative and musical independence whilst covering as many different musical styles as possible. (Johannes Specht)



Mel Verez (vocal)

The charismatic and versatile singer completed her Jazz & Pop Vocal  Study with Honours in Vienna in 2013 and has been a singer/songwriter since 2009.  Active as a co-producer with diverse projects, Mel Verez has already made a name for herself in the Austria soul scene through her energetic performances. During her participation in the music talent show „The Voice of Germany“ (Team: BossHoss) in 2012, Mel soon also gained attention in Germany and Switzerland. Since 2012, she has also been a vocal coach with „Vocasa Music“.

Vocal tuition with Shelia Michellé (USA), Chris Kisielewsky, Stephan Gleixner, Juci Janoska, Agnes Heginger, Willi Landl,.....
Concerts in China, England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria.
Numerous appearances as a live act at Life Ball and the Ö3 Zeitreise.
2 Album releases and several singles with „Gordopac“ and her  solo project „Mel Verez“- Airplay on Radio Wien, Superfly, Forchers Friday Club on Ö3.
Collaboration & concerts with artists and musicians such as: The Teddy Blackwood Imperials (Original gospel singer with Elvis Presley), Dennis Jale, Gary Lux, Jao Caetano (Incognito percussionist), Hubert Tubbs (Ex Tower of Power), Wickerl Adam (Hallucination Company), Conrad Schrenk, Goran Mikulec, Willi Langer, Silvio Berger, Shelia Michellé, Thomas Palme, Rue Kostron (Christina Stürmer Band), Werner Feldgrill , Christian Ziegelwanger, Engel Mayr (Russkaja), Random Trip (Budapest), Claus Spechtl, Andy Baum and many more….

The prerequisite is talent,  the key to success is discipline and we reach discipline through loving what we do! (Mel Verez)



Chanda Rule (vocal)

Chanda Rule started her professional music career in New York, following her graduation from the 'Howard University'. Initially participating in various music theatre productions, nationwide tours soon followed, including collaboration with 'New Jersey´s Hudson Shakespeare Company' as well as performances in a prodution of 'Hair, The Musical' also bringing her to Europe. 

In the meantime, music is leading the charismatic singer around the globe, to both concerts in smaller clubs or large festivals. Her “enchanting voice“ (Baltic Times) has a flexibility and scope that has enriched a multitude of musical projects, from 'Feeling Good: The Gospel According to Nina Simone' where she is featured alongside Donny McCaslin, to  gospel festivals and workshops with the legendary 'Golden Gospel Singers', concerts the 'Outreach Orchestra', tours with Kirk Lightsey and Simbabwes Nobuntu, the Russian pianist Denis Matsuevs with 'Crescendo Festival' or as part of the digital performance art projects and folklore dance companies. Invitations to 'Ö1 Jazznacht' or the  involvement in the ORF TV production 'Dancing Stars' add to her already impressive musical  accomplishments  along with 'India.Arie', Amel Larrieux, Angela Bofill, 'Regina Belle & The Whispers' or the New Yorker 'Apollo Salon, Featured New Works Series' multimedia theatre piece 'Listening to Roots and Voicing Branche'. With her Langston Hughes inspired concert series 'I Too Speak of a River' the singer recived the 'Harlem Stage Fund for New Works'.

Chanda Rule has recently moved to Vienna and as of the winter semester 2017/18 will be a vocal coach at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute to support singers and singer/songwriters in the professional training of their voices and music careers.

Her powerful voice is characterized by superb diction...heartfelt intonation...and often aching beauty. (All About Jazz)



Betty Semper (vocal)

Born in Antigua (Lesser Antilles), Betty Semper grew up in London and began her musical career there at the 'Mayville Community Centre Islington'. Numerous concerts in London pubs and clubs soon followed, such as at the famous 'Astoria' in Charing Cross. The jazz, blues, soul, funk and gospel singer's first record contract with 'Creole Records', with tours in Greece and Spain, was with her band 'Ozean'. Success as an R&B singer came almost simultaneously with the band 'The Fabulous' in London and also with 'On The Wall' in Manchester. Together with the former singer of 'Culture Beat', Tania Evans, Betty Semper toured through Sweden, Turkey and England. Further tours throughout England with 'The Empire State Blues Brothers Band' and in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Austria with 'Supermax' followed.

Betty Semper has been living and working in Vienna for many years, working as a vocal tutor at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute since 2005. She is active with various TV productions (Dancing Stars, Eurovision Song Contest, etc.) and performs regularly on stage.

Collaboration with Eric Clapton, Mike Ottis, Supermax, Gloria Gaynor, Chris DeBurgh, Osibisa, Lutricia McNeal, Cay Taylan, DJ Shalom, The Peoples Choice, DJ's Delight, Soul Star, Broadway Big Band, Ostbahn Kurti and more...



Gisele Jackson (vocal)

Before making Brooklyn, NY her heart and home, Gisele graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She toured as a "Raylette" with Ray Charles at the peak of his career, having since also shared many a stage with the incomparable Donna Summer and James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.

She has performed in 30 countries: North America, Canada, Asia, Europe and Africa. She has performed solo at the leading jazz houses in the U.S. and been the opening act for Tito Puente, Bette Midler, The Commodores, the B-52's and a host of other music giants across a variety of genres. A most memorable performance was at Carnegie Hall (with Kid Rock) and the NY Pops; Marvin Hamlisch conductor.

Ms Jackson's worldwide smash hit "Love Commandments" reached #3 on Billboard's Dance chart and today the song is a bonafide "Club Classic". Other performances include festivals, major openings, numerous celebrity weddings and corporate events for Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood premieres and award ceremonies. She was requested to perform at the Inauguration of U.S. President William H. Clinton.



Isabell Kargl (vocal)

The Styrian singer Isabell Kargl studied for her diploma and vocal pedagogic qualification in Jazz under Agnes Heginger and Ines Reiger. Performances as a singer and actress in musical production as well as voice work for internet and advertising agencies. Tours in Austria and Germany. Member of the 'Vienna Improvisers Orchestra' and various jazz formations. During her study time in London she worked with Phil Minton, the pianist Veryan Weston and the singer Anita Wardell. Back in Vienna she completed her training as a body-oriented vocal educator ('Atem-Tonus-Ton' at Maria Höller Zangenfeind). Working with voice, breathing and body led her to the 'Heptner Methode', a holistic training for the optimal functioning of the voice. Isabell´s interest in the interconnection of various working principals offers her students security and stability in questions of vocal technique well as with regard to personal and musical expression. Since 2004 she has been a jazz vocal teacher at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute and also works as a freelance voice/body-oriented vocal educator in her Vienna practise.

Looking at the body, breath and voice brings, teachers and students alike, understanding of the unity of these areas and increases the creativity and competence. Together we can awaken and strengthen your enjoyment in personal expression and your musical shaping. (Isabell Kargl)



Heidi Krenn (vocal)

Singer and vocal coach Heidi Krenn unites classic jazz with a new and experience style. Her ability to use her voice as an instrument and guide it through sophisticated phrases and complex harmonies thrills not only her audiences but also many jazz greats. Heidi has joined legends such as Billy Hart, Ron McClure, George Garzone, Antonio Hart, Karl Ratzer, Fritz Pauer and Miles-Davis-producer Teo Macero on some of the best stages in the world.

During her years at the 'KUG Graz' (Jazz vocal study with distinction, 2003) and at 'Queens College New York' (Jazz and composition study, 2007) some of her most formative teachers were Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Kenny Werner, Theo Bleckmann, Laurie Antonioli, Stjepko Gut and Bill Harris.

Alongside her numerous concerts, she also began to pass on her fascination and expert knowledge to up and coming talents. Heidi soon became head of the vocal departement at 'JZ School Shanghai' and composed for diverse jazz bands, helped with their arrangements and produced various CDs. Back home again, she concentrated on her own concerts, deepening her a vocal coaching using the IVA-Method, and starting to teach at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute in 2012.

Heidi development and deeping of personal style is covered both in individual and ensemble lessons. In vocal coaching Heidi integrates various elements from the IVA-Method, song interpretation, stage presence and vocal improvisation. Heidi also writing and works with soloists and bands on composition and studio recording.



Oliver Steger (electric and double bass)

Born in 1968, Oliver Steger studied jazz double bass in Vienna and has been active as a freelance bassist, composer and producer since 1997. In 2005 he won an studierte 'Amadeus Award' with the Nu Jazz project 'Cafe Drechsler'. Already author of fice children´s books focusing on jazz, his debut novel 'Jazz und Frieden' (book and CD) was published in May 2016.

Here is a selection of Oliver Steger´s current band projects: S.O.D.A., Lil Maxine, Zoe, Triotonic, Salah Ammo Quartet oder Cafe Drechsler.

For improvising musicians working on groove, the aha effect when discovering a calm rhythmic pulse opens the ears and the heart. Only then can the previously learned and practised material fill with life and musicality. I have always asked myself why different soloists sound better when they are accompainied by bassists such Marc Johnson or Charlie Haden. Well, the 'pulse' is my opinion, an answer to this question: Bass on top! (Oliver Steger)



Alexander Lackner (electric and double bass)

Initially classical piano study in Vienna before studying jazz and classical double bass at 'Konservatorium Wien' (Dipl. 1992), Boston and Buenos Aires. Since the end of the 1980s, Alexander has been a freelance musician, mainly in Vienna.

Collaboration with Andy Sheppard, Lew Soloff, Willi Resetarits, Pago Libre, Dave Liebman, Die Eiserne Zeit & Christian Qualtinger, Doretta Carter, Erich Quartett & Wolfgang Muthspiel, Franz Hauzinger, Ko:er, Agnes Heginger, Ofer, Last Cab, Zipflo Weinrich, Heinz von Hermann, Dobrek Bistro, Joe Valentin, Allegre Correa, Yta Moreno, Karl Ratzer, Manhattan Tap, Michael Heltau, Adi Hirschal, Leo Lukas, Volksopern Orchester, Musikverein Orchester, Medellin Quartett, Max Brand Ensemble and more.

Concerts and CD produktions in USA, China, Italy, Romania, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Argentinia, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia...

Commissioned compositions for Burgtheater and other stage productions, Wr. Festwochen, Kultursommer Laxenburg, Rundfunkproduktionen and more. Head of bass and strings department.

Let´s "argue" about music. (Alexander Lackner)



Federico Pérez Hernández (electric and double bass)

Born in Madrid, Spain, the singer/songwriter Fréderico Pérez Hernández studied at the 'Universidad Autónoma de Madrid' (1996-2000), the 'Rotterdams Konservatorium' in the Netherlands (2001-2005) as well as the 'Adolfo Slazar' conservatory in Madrid (2009-2011) and has been active as a freelance musician and pedagog since 2005.

The versatile electric and double bassist feels at home in diverse styles from Pop, Rock and Jazz through Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Latin, Fusion, and also Flamenco or classical music. Concert tours have taken him to numerous countries such as Bolivia, Algeria, Brasil, Panama, Costa Rica, Jordan, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Portugal, Hungary, Croatia, the Netherlands, Switzerland or the United States of Amerika.

Alongside countless club gigs Fréderico has performed as bassist and singer at larger festivals such as the 'Festival de Jazz de la Paz' in Bolivia, the 'Festival Suvremene Glazb' in Croatia, the Festival 'Trieste loves Jazz' in Italy, the 'Gloucester Blues Festival' in England, the 'Piazza Blues Festival' in Switzerland, the 'Jazz á Juan' in France, the 'Festival de Blues Roses' in Spain, the 'Gevarenvinkel Blues Festival' in Belgium, the 'Baja City Festival' in Hungary, the 'Swingt Festival' in Holland, the 'Verviers Fiesta City Festival' in Belgium, the 'Festival de Blues de Bastia' in Italiy, the 'Festival de Músicas de Torreperogil' in Spain, the 'Aman International Music Festival' in Jordan, the 'Festival de Cazoria' in Spain, to name a few as well as appearing on BBC Radio´s 'Paul Jones Show' in Great Britain.

"Try not! Do. ...or do not. There is no try." (Yoda)



Mike Tiefenbacher (piano & keyboards)

Born in 1982 in Zams, Tyrol, jazz piano study at 'Tiroler Landeskonservatorium', jazz piano study at 'Gustav-Mahler-Konservatorium' in Vienna under Paul Urbanek, Masterclasses with Jacky Terrasson, Rob McConnel, Bobby McFerrin and Lee Harper. Since 2009 teacher for piano and Ensemble/Live Performance as well as Music Theory, since 2014 Head of Keyboard Instruments at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute.

Collaboration with Billy Cobham, Jeff Richman, Joel Taylor, Wolfgang Puschnig, Ulrich Drechsler, Lorenz Raab, Zipflo Weinrich, Gerd Hermann Ortler (GHO Orchestra), Wolfgang Mitterer Herbert Pirker, Matthias Pichler, Andreas Pichler, Florian Bramböck, Herwig Gradischnig, Sebastian Gille, Stephen Menotti, Paul Hübner, Merke Kazokoglu, Peter Rom, Clemens Salesny, Lukas König, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Flip Philipp, JazzWerstatt Wien, Studio Dan and more.

Activities 2015/16:

- Concerts with the band 'Cafe Drechsler'

- Concerts with the 'Ulrich Drechsler Trio'

- Concerts with 'Sugar Daisy´s Hot Club'

- Oper 'Schneewittchen' (Snow White) by Wolfgang Mitterer

- Europe tour with the band 'Studio Dan'

- Diverse album appearances and radio recordings with 'Studio Dan', Barry Good', Duo Mayr/Tiefenbacher, Wolfgang Mitterer...


- Michael Tiefenbacher, an exceptional pianist from Tyrol. A name that one should take note of. (Andreas Felber, Ö1)

- Very beautiful sound. Very creative. (Shai Maestro - Pianist at the 'Avishai Cohen Trio')

- I think he´s the only kexboardist to ever do a whole chorus of 5's in 8th note groupings in 7/8 and keep it together! Thats´s some drummer shit! (Joel Taylor - drums at Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford...)

It is very important for me to communicate an intuitive approach to music. This means knowing and having a command of your instrument, developing your ear as well as possible, and keep training your musical imagination. (Michael Tiefenbacher)



Mag. Martin Wöss (piano & keyboards)

Jazz piano study at the 'Kunstuniversität Graz'; lived in London from 1998 to 2000; since 2002 Martin has been a freelance musician, composer, arranger, producer and music pedagog in Vienna.

Collaboration with Count Basic, Marianne Mendt Musikwerkstatt, Harri Stojka, Monika Ballwein, Maya Hakvoort, Rounder Girls, Tini Kainrath, Marc Murphy, Agnes Heginger, Rens Newland, Hans Salomon, Richard Österreicher, Oskar Klein, Karlheinz Miklin Quartett, Art Farmer, Ostinato and more...

Current projects: Jazzodrom, Monika Ballwein celebrates the Beatles (MD, arrangement)

Technical precision on your instrument and broad harmonic knowledge opens all doors. Let´s start opening doors. (Martin Wöss)



Wolfgang Seligo (piano & keyboards)

Piano study in Vienna and international concerts as a solist and with diverse ensembles (Russia, China, Italy, Morocco, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, as well as various US cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Washington etc.). Media composer for radio, TV and cinema and also active as a producer and composer for different record labels.

At the beginning of the 1990s Wolfgang had his first musical experience with ensembles from the Vienna scene, such as with the enthno project 'Ziryab', co-founded by Wolfgang with Dhafer Yousseff (Extraplatte) which toured in Germany and Austria. Work as a commissioned composer and co-producer for various regional music projects (Spray/Ariola, BMG, EMI) and music for advertising. From 2000 onwards, Wolfgang changed his musical path and pushed his own instrument, the piano into the toured not only in Europe but also in Asia, Africa and the USA. Since 2014, he has his own jazz trio with Heimo Wiederhofer (Drums) and Peter Strutzenberger/Karl Sayer (Bass). Wolfgang Seligo has been active at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute since 2008.

A solid basis can make the search for one´s own individual style easier. (Wolfgang Seligo)



Lukas Kletzander (piano & keyboards)

The Austrian pianist, composer and music educator Lukas Kletzander was born 1987 in Salzburg. From 2006 to 2014 he studied at the 'Anton-Bruckner-Privatuniversität' in Linz (under Christoph Cech, Andreas Schreiber, Dejan Pecenko and Martin Stepanik), where he completed his pedagogical bachelor and artistic master study. Furthermore he received tuition from John Taylor and Fred Hersch and took part in numerous workshops (Huw Warren, Malcolm Braff, Richie Beirach and more).

During his study Lukas Kletzander formed the quartet 'Peter, Lois & Lukes' (with Peter Traunmüller and Alois Eberl) and began to compose more. The quartet stayed together for some years performing with guests such as Tim Collins or Harry Sokal and released Lukas´s debut album 'What Really Happens I A Molehill' in 2011. In 2012 he moved to Vienna and organised concerts with his former teacher John Taylor and began to compose for the newly formed octet 'Lukas Kletzander Trio & Horns'.

Since 2013 he has been a lecturer at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute. In 2016, Lukas Kletzander played 'Musik für drei Klaviere' with musician colleagues Martin Reiter and Martin Gasselsberger and is working with the quintet 'Sharp Five' (with Joschi Öttl, Chris Kronreif, Gernot Haslauer and Robert Kainar) on an album which will be released in spring 2017.

It´s all about tension and release - in order to be creative and interactive in music I place great value upon a highly developed understanding of harmony and a musically trained ear. (Lukas Kletzander)



Diego Marcello Collatti (composition)

Argentinean-born composer and pianist Diego Marcello Collatti studied composition at the 'Universidad Nacional de Rosario' in Santa Fe and Buenos Aires and at the 'University of Music and Performing Arts' in Vienna. In addition, Diego Marcello Collatti is a virtuoso pianist and specialist in the field of tango music.

Diego Collatti has received numerous commissions for renowned festivals and ensembles, including the Wiener Festwochen and the Grafenegg Festival. He has many years of pedagogical experience in the fields of piano lessons and composition lessons and regularly conducts composition workshops. Various CD recordings, radio recordings of his own works and arrangements as well as numerous publications of textbooks and notations for the renowned 'Universal Edition' document his previous work. This is constantly supplemented by a lively concert activity with various formations in Austria and abroad.

During my childhood in Argentina, tango was like looking at a picture. Whether Tango sounded from the radio or my grandmother was humming - Tango was in the air. Of course, the radio was not just playing tango, it was - as it is today - a mixture of the different styles we were used to. Nevertheless, this unconscious presence of tango has strongly influenced me. Tango was just there and unconsciously and therefore became more and more a part of me that I started to reflect much later. (Diego Marcello Collatti)



Clemens Salesny (saxophone, clarinet)

Born 1980 in Lower Austria; study at the 'Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst' in Vienna. 2001, 2006 and 2009 Hans Koller Prize, 2013 Harry Pepl Prize. 2004 So-founder of the 'JazzWerkstatt Wien', since 2009 - teacher of saxophone and ensemble/live performance at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute, various workshops (Jazzseminar Schönbach, Musikforum Viktring).

International concerts and collaboration with Harry Pepl, Bumi Fian, Herbert Joos, Steven Bernstein, Eddie Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Michael Mantler, Kirk Lightsey, Jerry Gonzalez, Oliver Lake, Sunny Murray, Uri Caine, Elliott Sharp, Max Nagl, Wolfgang Reisinger, Andy Manndorff, Thomas Gansch, Georg Breinschmid, Peter Herbert, Wolfgang Mitterer, Franz Hautzinger, Armin Pokorn, Michel Godard, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Denis Colin.

(...) His characteristic sound, his energetic virtuosity on his instruments and his stylistic diversity as a frontman or sideman constantly impress his audience (...) - Jury of the Hans Koller Prize.

Album releases (Selection): Harry Pepl & Salesny/Bayer/Frosch/Heginger, Salesny/Schabata/Preuschl/Joos 'Live', Clemens Salesny Electric Band 'Live At JazzWerkstatt', Salesny/Schabata/Preuschl + Herbert Joos, Clemens Salesny/Clemens Wenger 'Die wilden Jahre', Clemens Salesny/Bumi Fian Quintett 'Always Blue', Die Strottern & JazzWerkstatt Wien 'Wo fangts an', Synesthetic Octet 'Rastlos', Michael Mantler 'The Jazz Composer´s Orchestra Update', Max Nagl Ensemble 'Live At Porgy & Bess Vienna', Studio Dan 'Dekadenz'.

In main study lessons, beside the work on sound, embouchure and technique, we focus on the different aspects of improvisation (changes, free, modal etc.) and (saxophone, clarinet) styles. The focus in the ensemble is on improvisation and the relationship between conventional repertoires and contemporary playing concepts. (Clemens Salesny)



Johannes Probst (Trompete, Flügelhorn)

Born 1980 in Linz. Trumpet and pedagogical studies at the 'Bruckner Konservatorium' (under Peter Tuscher and Allan Praskin) and master studies for jazz trumpet at the 'Koninklijk Conservatorium' in Den Haag and at the 'Codarts Conservatorium' in Rotterdam (under Ack van Rooyen, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Eric Vloeimans, John Ruocco and Simon Rigter).

Concerts and collaboration with Doug Hammond, Dwight Adams, Gary Smulyan, Barry Harris, Allan Praskin, Lee Konitz, Ack van Rooyen, Jimmy Halperin, Abraham Burton, Thomas Gansch, Wolfi Rainer, Rein deGraaff Trio, Simon Rigter, Peter Beets, Rose Bartussek Quartett, Dick Lozon, Peter Massink, Matthias Pichler, Together, Jazzmania Big Band, Robert Bachner Big Band, Hot Box Girls, Sugar Daisy's Hot Club.

Music tuition is a journey for both student and teacher. My roll is to help students to express themselves in their own unique way. I believe that musicality is in everyone and can best develop through flexible teaching methods. (Johannes Probst)



Alois Eberl (trombone, accordion)

The trombonist Alois Eberl began making music early and intensified his education at the age of 14 at 'Tiroler Landeskonservatorium'. Multi prize-winner at regional and national competition 'Prima la musica'; bachelor study with distinction for trombone and accordion in Innsbruck and Linz under Christian Radovan, Bob Dotch, Dave Taylor, Dejan Pecenko, Christoph Cech, Doug Hammond, Harry Sokal and others.

Numerous domestic and international concerts with various ensembles, e.g. 'Brassband Viera Blech', 'Jazzorchester Tirol', 'Nouvelle Cousine', 'Janus Ensemble', 'Brass Connection Tirol' or 'Nonanett' under direction of Christoph Cech. Furthermore Alois Eberl was booked for concerts at Salzburger Festspielen (Jedermann-Produktion 2013) and at the new Musiktheater Linz. He is founding member of the formation 'Peter, Lois & Lukes' as well as the des chamber jazz quartet 'PianoForteBrass'

Collaboration with Florian Bramböck, Upper Austrian Jazzorchestra, Christoph Cech, Christian Mühlbacher, Bart van Lier, Nouvelle Cuisine Bigband, Robert Bachner, Paul Gulda, Dave Liebman, PianoForte Brass, Viera Blech, Bull Horns, Lorenz Raab, Willi Resetarits, Jon Sass and more.



Paul Dangl (violin)

2004/05 1 year study in Scottland ('Glasgow Fiddle School') as well as 2006-2010 jazz violin study at 'Landeskonservatorium Klagenfurt'. Nominated for the All Star Band for the opening of the Umbria Jazz Winter Festivals 2010 ('Berklee-Summer School' in Perugia).

Paul is, together with Clemens Salesny, leader of the Jazzband 'Travel Image' ('The Early Music of Joe Zawinul') as well as his own international folk band 'Black Market Tune', which won the 'Austrian World Music Advancement Award 2014' and shortly after 5-week festival tour in Australia

Collaboration with the 'Railroad-Projects' (Paul Dangl, Christian Bakanic, Roman Britschgi, Jörg Mikula) with the Israeli jazz saxophonist Daniel Zamir. Musician and composer in folk, world music and jazz, experimental violin in 'Burgtheater Wien'. In 2014, Paul Dangl was selected for the renowned '12-Points Festival' with his improvising string quartet 'Violet Spin' and was in 2016 co-founder of the 8-piece 'Vienna World Music Orchestra'.

Many of my students have a classical education from college or music school and are already very developed in many areas of technique. Through practise, especially of the bowing arm, I teach concepts to strengthen rhythm and phrasing. The singing of phrases without an instrument is an important part of my lessons along with transcription, mainly of trumpeters and saxophonists: because the bow stroke of the breath of the wind player. (Paul Dangl)



Harry Tanschek (drums)

Harry Tanschek studied at the Jazz Universität Graz, graduating in 1996. Equipped with a Berklee Fullscholarship Award, he moved to Boston (USA) in 1997 where, following his study at Berklee College of Music, he worked as a freelance musician until 2003. Harry currently lives in Vienna busy working as a very demand drummer with projects and artists from America, Europe and Latin America such as Hal Crook, Chico Freeman, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garcone, Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Doug Johnson, Grace Kelly, Alegre Correa, Jose Ritmo y Cacao, Martin Lubenov Orkestar, Mario Vavti’s RTS, BULLHORNS, Richard Oesterreicher, Joachim Mencel, Janosh Muniak, Ewa Bem, Gisele Jackson, Andy Middelton, Gina Schwarz’s Jazzista, Wolfgang Puschnig and many diverse projects. Harry is currently featured on more than 50 CDs.

Prices and awards: Winner of the European scholarship competition 'Berklee in Germany' 1997, receiving a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, USA; Winner of the 'Emanuel und Sofie Fohn-Stipendien-Stiftung' 1997; Winner of the 'Stipendium des Bundeskanzleramtes, Sektion 2 – Kunstangelegenheiten' 1997; Winner of the 'SKE Komponisten- und Interpretenwettbewerb' 1998; Winner of the 'Stipendium des Bundeskanzleramtes, Sektion 2 – Kunstangelegenheiten' 1999;

Harry Tanschek is Head of drum department at the VMI and also given workshops at the 'ISJA Camp' in Krakau (PL) and the 'Sommer-Jazzakademie' in Zeillern (NÖ) and is sponsored by SONOR, SABIAN and VIC FIRTH.



Jörg Mikula (drums, percussion)

Jörg Mikula studied drums at the 'Kunstuniversität Graz' (graduated 2001 with distinction) as well at the 'Berklee College of Music' in Boston (graduated 1999 magna cum laude). Jamey Haddad, Ian Froman, Alex Deutsch, Dave DiCenso, Kenwood Dennard and Hal Crook count among his most important teachers. Further study abroad took him to Uganda and Morocco where he gathered key musical experience.

Being a very flexible and unbaised musician, Jörg Mikula is active in diverse stylistic areas: Balkan and Middle Easter, with the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, Özlem Bulut, Mahan Mirarab, Daniel Zamir, Sakina, or modern jazz with Tord Gustavsen, Selen Gulun, Ulrich Drechsler, Jose Saluzzi or grooves for pop acts like Marque, Effi, Gugabriel, Lakoki or Mika Vember.

Currently, Jörg attention is mainly focused on the band 'Donauwellenreiter' an unusual formation featuring violin/vocals, cello, piano and drums, the group is exploring new musical territory.

In 2013, he released the CD "Drumsongs" (Uni Records) featuring nine compositions for solo drumkit. His activities as a sideman are documented in over 50 CDs dokumentiert. In the percussion sector he is specialised in the Persian Tombak and different types of frame drums.

Jörg Mikula has been teaching at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute since 2003 and is responsible for main subject (drums and percussion) as well as ensemble/live performance.

During my study time I was lucky to be taught by very diverse teachers. Some were very structured with precise practise materials for technique/stylistic/improvisation while others worked with freer conceptual methods to broaden my musical horizons. I attempt to take the best of both worlds for my students so that they can develop both as drummer and musicians. (Jörg Mikula)



Dusan Novakov (drums, percussion)

Dusan Novakov, born in 1970 in Pancevo/Serbien, took part in the international Jazz Seminar in Groznjan under Reggie Workman between 1986 and 1988. The following year the drummer came to Austria to study at the 'Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst' in Graz. After his graduation in 1998 Dusan Novakov moved to Holland to study percussion at the 'University of Arts' in Rotterdam.

Worked with Mark Murphy, Oliver Lakee, George Cables, John Marshall, Dick Oatts, Don Menza, Kirk Lightsey, Michelle Hendricks, Toninho Horta, Dusko Gojkovic, Valery Ponomarev, Andi Bey, Bread Lealy, Karl Ratzer, Timna Brauer und Elias Meiri Ensemble, Fernando Correa, Fritz Pauer, Big Band Graz, Frank Lacy, Georgy Porter, Paul Zauner, Andy Middleton and more. Dusan Novakov co-founder of the trio 'Triple Ace' with Uli Langthaler (bass) and Oliver Kent (piano).

Since 1991, Dusan has concentrated on international festivals and performs with prominent ensembles. Tours have so far taken the busy drummer not only countless times within Austria to Germany, but also to USA, China, South Africa, Israel, Italy, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, and the Netherlands.

Dusan Novakov has been teaching main study drums and percussion at the VMI-Vienna Music Institute since 2005.



Michael Prowaznik (drums)

Born in Vienna, 1976, Michael Prowaznik studied under Christian Mühlbacher during his time at the 'Musikgymnasium' (music grammar school) and, one year after his school exams, completed his diploma study with distinction. A 10-week study followed at 'Drummers Collective' in New York under Zach Danziger, Bobby Sanabria, Duduka Da Fonseca and Kim Plainfield. In 1997 he received a scholarship from 'Berklee College of Music' in Boston and also from the 'Kunstsektion des Bundeskanzleramtes' and started his Bachelor study in Boston in 1998.

Some of his most important drum set and percussion teachers were John Hazzilla (learing byJoe Morello), Ian Froman (Michael Brecker, George Garzone, Dave Liebman etc.), Mike Mangini (DreamTheatre, Steve Vai etc.) and Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Joe Lovano etc.) As the drummer with the renowned 'Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra', with band leader Hal Crook ('How to Improvise') Michael gathered important ensemble experience. Before graduating in 2001 (Magna Cum Laude), he met the African guitarist Lionel Loueke and the South African bass player Gary Levitt touring through Africa and playing concerts in Boston and New York. In 2000, Michael received the 'Vic Firth Award for Oustanding Musicianship'.

Back in Vienna, Michael caused a sensation with the 'Jazzwerstatt Workshop Ensemble', the Quartet FuzzNoir, the 'Nebenzimmer Sessions' and numerous other collaborations. Currently, he is swinging with the 'Sugar Daisy's Hot Club', grooving with the Jazz/HipHop Quintet 'Sketches in Duality' and working the exceptional musicians and composers Georg Vogel and Raphael Preuschl on the trio´s 3rd album 'Flower'.

Michael has more than 10 years of experience as a teacher and lecturer. Many of his former students have established themselves in the international music scene. Here are some of them: Lukas König (Malcolm Braff, König Leopold, Koenig), Alex Pohn (Hubert von Goisern, Julian Le Play, uva.), Markus Perner (Thees Uhlmann, Garish), Sixtus Preiss (drummer, producer, Affine Records), Johannes Wakolbinger (composer and drummer with 'Month of Sundays'), Konstantin Kräutler (Berklee Stipendiat and drummer of the 'Umbria Jazz International Group') 

By isolating the musical and technical aspects, one is able to reach one´s goals directly without frustation or unnecessary detours. Alongside my experience and the strategies which I have developed over the years, I allow the concepts and wisdom of the musicians that I studied under and/or have played with to flow into my lessons. (Michael Prowaznik)



Wolfgang Reisinger (drums)

Wolfgang Reisinger is one of the foremost and most internationally known Austrian jazz drummers. Within a 30 year career, his individual and distinctive playing style along with his broad musical spectrum brought about numerous collaborations and projects with international musicians:

Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Marc Ducret, Harry Pepl, Wolfgang Puschnig, Steve Lacy, Matthew Garrison, Michel Godard, Jean Paul Celia, Wolfgang Mitterer, Franz Hautzinger, Andy Middleton, John Schröder, Linda Sharrock, Andy Manndorff, Pjotr Wojtaschek, Sergey Volkov, Franz Koglmann, Oskar Eichinger, Philip Jack, Thomas Kaufmann, Karl Ritter, Peter Herbert, Klaus Dickbauer, Roscoe Mitchel, Martin Siewert, Enrico Rava, Evan Parker, Herb Robertson, Peter Kowald, Kazue Sawai, Armand Angster, Francoise Kubler, Dominique Pifarely, Ives Robert, Phillipe DeSchepper, Augusti Fernandez, Thomas Pernes, Vienna Art Orchestra, Mike Richmond, Hans Koller, Herbert Joos, Uli Scherer, Froncoise Couturier, Joachim Kühn and more.

Few move us as he can. (...) This musician is simply too agile and changes his colours too quickly to be able to hang a label on him. (...) This is world class with no horn-blowing or hawing it around. (OE1)



Samu Gryllus (composition)

Diploma as jazz bassist and educator at the 'Franz Liszt Musikakademie' in Budapest, study in composition and media composition at the 'Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst' in Vienna, and a composition study under Anthony Braxton at 'Wesleyan University' (Fulbright Scholar). Doctorate at 'Universität für Theater und Filmkunst' in Budapest (Dissertation: Instrumental Theater). Numerous prizes and awards, for example the 'Theodor-Körner-Prize'. Samu Gryllus has been a certified sound painting/sign language teacher since 2001 and regularly holds workshops and is mainly active with concerts within Europe.

Composer of over 40 theatre and film productions in different countries, with concerts at various festivals (Wien Modern, Bartók Festival), chamber commissions from Sophiensaele Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Peter Eötvös Stiftung, Staatsoper Ungarn as well interactive sound installations at the Brooklyn Museum of Arts, Ludwig Museum Budapest and more, member of different artist groups and societies in Vienna.

Composition is often thaught by showing how other composers work or worked. But becoming a composer means getting to know how to do it yourself and how you want to do it. The path to this awareness is very complex. One needs creativity, intuition, self-assessment and self-confidence, as well as the technical know-how and - in each and every case - courage, enthusiasm and tolerance. As a teacher I want to help students, practically and pragmatically, to find their way. (Samu Gryllus)




Diego Marcello Collatti (composition)

Argentinean-born composer and pianist Diego Marcello Collatti studied composition at the 'Universidad Nacional de Rosario' in Santa Fe and Buenos Aires and at the 'University of Music and Performing Arts' in Vienna. In addition, Diego Marcello Collatti is a virtuoso pianist and specialist in the field of tango music.

Diego Collatti has received numerous commissions for renowned festivals and ensembles, including the Wiener Festwochen and the Grafenegg Festival. He has many years of pedagogical experience in the fields of piano lessons and composition lessons and regularly conducts composition workshops. Various CD recordings, radio recordings of his own works and arrangements as well as numerous publications of textbooks and notations for the renowned 'Universal Edition' document his previous work. This is constantly supplemented by a lively concert activity with various formations in Austria and abroad.

During my childhood in Argentina, tango was like looking at a picture. Whether Tango sounded from the radio or my grandmother was humming - Tango was in the air. Of course, the radio was not just playing tango, it was - as it is today - a mixture of the different styles we were used to. Nevertheless, this unconscious presence of tango has strongly influenced me. Tango was just there and unconsciously and therefore became more and more a part of me that I started to reflect much later. (Diego Marcello Collatti)



Adam McCartney (Komposition)

Adam McCartney was born in 1987 in Limerick, Ireland, studied first in Cork (Ireland) and then at the University of Arts in Graz, where he completed his composition studies with great success before moving to Vienna. This was followed by various productions with various musicians, artists and stage designers as well as performances of his compositions in various European countries and the USA.

For Adam McCartney, the compositional work represents an occupation that has to do in particular with the observation of sounds and their contexts. For him sound is not just the individually received result of a physical process, but always also an interface to a broader context of abstract experience. He is particularly interested in the traceability of the music, which can considerably expand the horizon of experience, but must never be intellectual gymnastics.

Certain musical elements appear as historical objects. In fact, they can cause a resonance in contemporary ears that transcend the boundaries of temporal and physical experience. (Adam McCartney)



Joerg Mayr (studio technology & sound engineering)

Joerg Mayr has been working as a mixer, producer and sound engineer for Studio & Live since 1990. He began his career as an assistant in local recording studios and quickly and steadily developed a self-employed and international career in this fields, where he now has more than 25 years of professional experience.

Selected Releases:

F.A.T (Alex Machacek´s Fabulous Austrian Trio):
"Living The Dream”, “#awesome”
Keno: "Paradajz Lost"
Balloon Pilot: “Eleven Crooked Things”
Creme Fresh: “Organisiertes Zerbrechen”
Moop Mama: “Deine Mutter”, “Das Rote Album"
Alex Machacek: “[SIC]”, “Improvision”
Bozzio/Preinfalk/Machacek: “Delete and Roll”
Sumitra: “Indian Girl”
Monofuse: "Untamed"
Gerd Baumann: “Beste Gegend/Beste Zeit” OST, ”Raeuber Kneissl” OST, ”Die
Perlmutterfarbe”OST, “Sommer in Orange”OST, “Sommer der Gaukler”OST
Domberts Urban Jazz: “16/8”
Konstantin Wecker: “Am Flussufer” , “Vaterland”
Michael Langer: “Crossing Over” , “Copy & Merge”, “Guitar & Passion”
Unsere Lieblinge: “Nacht"
Night of Jazz Guitars: featuring Larry Coryell
Harry Sokal: “Full Circle”
Stahlhammer: “Feind hoert mit”
Count Basic: “Moving in the right direction”
Stephan Maass: “Time Out”
Claudia Koreck: “Barfuss um die Welt’”
Bananafishbones: “Wilde Kerle V” OST
Elfi Aichinger: “Z’ruck zu mir”
Tom Haydn: “Haydn singt Heller”

Beste Gegend/Beste Zeit (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Raeuber Kneissl (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Die Perlmutterfarbe (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Die wilden Kerle V (Musik: Bananafishbones & Andrej Melita/Regie:joachim Masannek)
Die Hebamme (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Dagmar Hiertz)
Friendship (Musik: Peter Horn, Andrej Melita, Martin Probst/Regie: Markus Goller)
In aller Stille (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Rainer Kaufmann)
Groupies bleiben nicht zum Fruehstueck (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marc Rothemund)
Almanya (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Yasemin Samdereli)
Ein Sommer in Orange (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Sommer der Gaukler (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Eine heisse Nummer (Musik: Andrej Melita)
Zettl (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie: Helmut Dietl)
Wer´s glaubt wird seelig (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Spieltrieb (Musik: Gerd baumann/Regie: Gregor Schnitzler)
Beste Chance (Musik: Gerd Baumann/Regie:Marcus Rosenmueller)
Honigfrauen (Musik: Dominik Giesriegl, Johannes Brandt)
Soko Hamburg, Main Title (Musik: Johannes Brandt)

Live Touring - FOH Mix
. Alex Machacek & FAT
. Creme Fresh
. Moop Mama
. Balloon Pilot
. Monika Roscher Big Band
. Sumitra
. Conrad Schrenk Extravaganza
. Scalaria Symphony 2017
. Bernhard Locker Band
& many more….

Deatailed information & sound samples:



Ulrike Regen (musical early education / behavioural training)

Music study at the 'Universität für Musik' in Vienna, Instrumental teacher education (piano), Teacher training for musical education and history, teaching qualification for piano, university course for elementary music pedagogy, education for the Feldenkrais Method in 'International Training Program' Vienna III, psychotherapeutic remedial course.

Active at different Austrian schools (NÖ LMW, BG/BRG, school cooperation), directing and running Feldenkrais courses, musical direction and contribution in theatre productions and concerts e.g. Piano Duo with Adrian Cox.

Music should touch and move you. The playful facileness and clarity of a performance is its greatness gift. As a teacher, one should be flexible, and open the contrasting skills and interests of the student. Teachers ar mentors, who constantly make new things possible. The goal of the lessons is to bring the students to a place where they can forget themselves, plunge into the music but always know exactly who they are doing. (Ulrike Regen)



Ibolya Kinda-Kerekes (pedagogical psychology)

Completed teacher training for psychology and philosophy as well as Spanish at the 'Universität Wien'.

Diverse practical experience in social pedagogical facilities and mumerous stays abroad. Parallel to teaching activities at the VMI, she is currently also teaching at a grammar school in Baden, near Vienna.

The main goal of the 'pedagogical psychology' course is to impart upon students the basic knowledge of psychology and pedagogy, which is of great significance not only for pedagogical practise but also for facilitative, motivational and enriching contact with students. (Ibolya Kinda-Kerekes)



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