I was born in Linz, Austria, in the 1960s. At the rather tender age of five I knew already that I wanted to become a musician one day. Five years later I found myself living in South Africa, as my parents had decided to move there. I was fascinated and thrilled by African music, rhythm and sounds. And it didn´t take long till I realized that I was destined to be a guitarist.
Becoming a professional guitar player seemed the logical path for me. Several tutors taught me their skills, but there is no doubt that the great John Fourie has been the most influential one for my career. I was 16 when I moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and eventually found my way to Vienna in 1978. At that time Austrian pop music called Austropop was in full bloom. I had arrived in the right place at the right time. Young, talented and eager to perform I soon saw myself on stage with singers and bands as popular as Umspannwerk, Stefanie Werger, Ludwig Hirsch, Wolfgang Ambros, VSOP, or Falco. In 1980, the Vienna State Opera engaged me for "Mass" by Leonard Bernstein. And in cooperation with Georg Gabler I also composed and produced several top ten hits in the Austrian charts for singer Alexander Goebel like "Sysiphus" or "Der nackte Wahnsinn".
In the mid 1980s I met Rainhard Fendrich - a very popular Austrian pop singer - which marked the beginning of a long and intensive cooperation: five CDs including Macho Macho and I am from Austria, band member for four years, musical manager of live concerts between 1987 and 1989, several concerts in 2004 and 2006.
"Profession" was my first solo album published in 1988. Single release "Another Day in Paradise" immediately hit and climbed the Austrian charts. The same year I received the "Album of the Year" award by Austria´s leading radio station Ö3. And it took only another year for the debut of "Naked Heart", my follow-up album produced in South Africa.
And yet, in spite of all my success I wasn´t quite happy then. There was still something I hadn´t done yet. Something I had been dreaming of since I was 16. That was when I first heard Dave Grusin´s fantastic film score in Sidney Pollack´s masterpiece Three Days of the Condor. I wanted to write for the screen too. In the 1990s I made this dream come true. Together with Arthur Lauber we lent "Kaisermühlenblues" its typical guitar sound. With 65 episodes set in the working-class environment of one of Vienna´s districts this series turned out to be one of the most successful series ever shown on Austrian TV. More projects for television and screen followed, mainly in cooperation with the well-known Austrian film director Reinhard Schwabenitzky [Film score].
The year 2000 marked another milestone in my life. I started working for the prestigious Burgtheater Vienna and am a member of its ensemble up to date. Not only is this theatre one of the oldest in Vienna, it also plays a seminal role in the German-speaking theatrical world at large. As guitarist, vocalist and even accordionist I have participated in many different performances like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" or "Reynard the Fox" to name but a few [Music portfolio].
I also arranged and produced a series of playback songs at the Austrian casting shows called STARMANIA 2002, STARMANIA NG 2003, STARMANIA III 2006 and STARMANIA IV 2008, e.g. "Hot Stuff" for Christina Stürmer, whose career skyrocketed after the first show.
This leaves just one last genre I would like to mention here - fairy tales. They have always fascinated me and therefore I happily accepted an offer to compose and produce the songs and CDs for a theatre company performing interactive fairy tale plays. Märchensommer Niederösterreich, which means Fairy Tale Summer in Lower Austria, was initiated in 2006 and has been directed by Nina Blum ever since. Staged in and around a mediaeval castle, this festival has turned out to be very successful year after year.
In my last 30 years as professional musician I´ve been able to develop and show my skills in a wide range of styles, which has made it possible for me to fulfill a variety of different tasks as composer, songwriter, guitarist and arranger: composing film scores, writing songs, producing CDs, managing theatre and musical productions, playing live on stage with my band, being sound designer for companies and advertising or manager of musical or theatre productions, managing and making the musical design of events, working with other Austrian and international artists as live performer on stage or in studio recordings [Music portfolio].
Today I consider myself as one of the luckiest guys on this planet. As far as my work is concerned I do what I like best – I make music; either performing at the Burgtheater Vienna or composing film scores and songs in my studio. And in my private life I´m surrounded by women (!) – my lovely wife and four daughters, who greatly inspire me.