Breinschmid, Georg

Georg Breinschmid, Portraitfoto © Julia Wesely

BIOGRAPHY

Georg Breinschmid was born in 1973 and lives in Vienna. He is one of the leading Austrian jazz musicians on the international scene. Breinschmid studied classical bass at Vienna University. As a student he worked as a substitute in the big Viennese orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony etc.), and also played chamber music with orchestras such as the Amadeus–Ensemble, Ensemble Kontrapunkte and Die Reihe. At the same time he started out as a jazz musician, cooperating for instance with the violinist Zipflo Weinrich.

From 1994 to 1996 he performed with the Lower Austrian Tonkuenstler Orchestra and from 1996 to 1998 he was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Quite soon he decided to turn his back on a career as a classical orchestra musician and to dedicate himself fully to jazz. In 1999 he became a freelance jazz musician, excelling as one of the most versatile and virtuoso bass players on the international jazz scene. He worked with Archie Shepp, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Drew jr., Biréli Lagrène, Wolfgang Muthspiel, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Triology, Megablast and many others. He was resident double bass player of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 1999 until 2006.

From 2005 on, Georg Breinschmid has increasingly made his mark as a composer with a particular affinity to Viennese Music and the Wiener Lied. His compositions are also performed by other groups, such as the Ensemble Amarcord Wien, the duo “Bach & Bosnisch”, or the ensemble Bass Instinct or they get recorded on CD. His devotion to Vienna and Viennese songs is clearly recognizable in his CD project “Wien bleibt Krk” (2008).

His 2002 production “Mauve” won him (together with Arkady Shilkloper and Alegre Correa) the Hans-Koller-Award for the “CD of the year”. The year after, the same contest saw him win in the category “Newcomer of the year”. In 2007 and 2009 Georg Breinschmid was nominated for the Hans-Koller-Award in the category “Musician of the year”, in 2009 as the bassist of the Christian Muthspiel Trio also for the “CD of the year” (“Against the Wind – The Music of Pirchner & Pepl”).

The double DVD “Georg Breinschmid Live” and the double CD-set “Brein’s World”, which has gathered much critical acclaim in Europe and overseas, got released in 2010. In May 2010, Georg Breinschmid and his trio Brein’s Café performed at the opening of the Vienna Festival, which was seen live on television by millions of viewers all over Europe. He also appeared on the television shows “Annettes DaschSalon” and the NDR literature matinee “Herbstblätter”, in which Breinschmid and violinist Daniel Hope treated audiences to a variety of original compositions.
Insiders and critics alike consider Georg Breinschmid’s unorthodox compositions as the most interesting new development in contemporary jazz.


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