Georg Breinschmid

Georg Breinschmid

Georg Breinschmid is one of the leading Austrian jazz musicians on the international stage, and one of the outstanding double bassists of our time. He plays with the Academia Allegro Vivo on the opening weekend of Allegro Vivo.

Breinschmid studied classical double bass at Vienna`s music university; at the same time he was also active as jazz musician. He joined the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich from 1994-96and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996-98, but decided then to turn his back on hisorchestral career and dedicate himself to his passion for improvised music. Since 1999 he established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuoso bassists of the international jazzscene. Among many others he collaborated with Archie Shepp, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler,Bireli Lagrene, Triology and Megablast. He was resident double bass player of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 1999 until 2006.

From 2003 on, Georg Breinschmid was increasingly active as composer and bandleader. Numerous CD productions like „Wien bleibt Krk“ (2008) or the double albums „Brein’s World“(2010) and “Double Brein” (2014) received rave reviews in Europe as well as overseas. Important artistic collaborations include trumpeter Thomas Gansch, violinists Benjamin Schmid and Aleksey Igudesman, the brothers Frantisek and Roman Janoska, accordionist Stian Carstensen, pianis tAntoni Donchev, The Flying Schnörtzenbrekkers, arranger Tscho Theissing and many others. In 2010 the trio Brein`s Café performed at the opening of Vienna Festival in front of a worldwide TV audience of millions. 2014 foundation of the quartet Strings & Bass together with violinist Florian Willeitner.

He won the Hans Koller Award twice („CD of the year“ 2002, „Newcomer of the year“ 2003). From 2012 to 2015, Georg was nominated four times consecutively for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award (category Jazz/World/Blues). His unorthodox compositions at the interface between Jazz, classical and viennese music are considered as one of the most interesting developments incontemporary music. His works are being performed by ensembles like The Philharmonics, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Amarcord Wien, Bass Instinct and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 Breinschmid presented for the first time a full-length program of his compositions with symphony orchestra and jazztrio, with Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich. Numerous orchestral performances of his music follow, among others with Hongkong Sinfonietta, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Moravia Virtuosi, Brno Philharmonic, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck and Brucknerorchester Linz. He also writes commissioned works, a.o. for the ensembles Faltenradio, The Clarinotts, Matthias Schorn (principal clarinetist of Vienna Philharmonic), Sonus Brass and many others.

Georg Breinschmid was born in 1973 and lives in Vienna.