Verena Zeiner

(c) Ina Aydogan


Verena Zeiner is a pianist, composer, improviser and pedagogue, based in Vienna. Her studies in Music- and Movementeducation/Rhythmics, Jazzpiano and Real Time Composition brought her to Vienna, Brussels, New York and Tel Aviv. Improvisation is the main focus of her artistic works. Her music is strongly influenced by Jazz and the approach to music it implies. Another vital source of inspiration are movement, dance and bodywork. Verena Zeiner leads her own bands and composes for them, performs in various ensembles, works with dancers, is founder of Fraufeld, a platform dedicated to increasing the visibilty of female musicians, teaches improvisation at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and leads workshops on improvisation and diverse music- and movement related topics internationally. In 2020 Verena Zeiner was awarded the “Anerkennungspreis des Landes Niederösterreich” for music.



It’s fair to say that the Austrian jazz scene has experienced a real upswing in recent years. At least, one can come to this conclusion when observing the increased international interest in jazz from Austria; … read more »

“Opera feels like a very current art form to me” – Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith (c) Elisabeth Feryn

CAITLIN SMITH sees herself as a composer who works mainly with words, and she uses them to depict sensitive stories of disability and inequality from a feminist point of view. With two operas coming up, … read more »

“Connection doesn’t happen on paper” – Verena Zeiner & Anna Anderluh (Fraufeld)

On November 27th, 2021, FRAUFELD – the platform dedicated to making female musicians engaged in contemporary forms of improvisation and composition, visible – will be releasing its third album, “Vol. 3”  within the context of … read more »