The mica-music database contains comprehensive entries on contemporary Austrian composers, performers, bands and ensembles. The main focus currently lies on the genres contemporary music and jazz.
An extensive presentation of performers from other genres can be found in the SR-Archive for Austrian pop music: www.sra.at
Full discographies by Austrian performers are listed under: www.discogs.com
The English version of the composer-database was co-funded by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and by the AKM.
© Viktor Fortin (ÖKB)
Born on 14th May,1936 in Fohnsdorf, Styria, he began an apprenticeship as gardener after leaving school and worked as gardening assistant in the family business. During that time, he formed a band, which played dance music and he made his first attempts in composition and took piano and music theory lessons.
In 1956 he began to study music.
Around 1965/66 he increasingly worked as composer, recorder player, accompanist and conductor of his own compositions, mostly for youth ensembles (Austria, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and Australia).
In 1995, Fortin was awarded the Decoration of Honour in Gold of Styria. Internationally, he now became increasingly successful as composer of chamber, choir, orchestra and stage music (Germany, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, and Poland).
In 2004 he became professor emeritus.
His interest has now turned more to composition and performances, such as concerts where he accompanies Monique Johannsen and Wolfgang Müller-Lorenz, who are singing his chansons, on the piano.
Numerous music publications, in particular, but not exclusively about recorders in various Austrian and German music publishing companies: Doblinger, Universal Edition, Heinrichshofen, Schott/Mainz, Moeck etc. Workshops for recorder teachers in Austria and abroad, concerts as recorder player, speaker and accompanist ("Chansons da Mur" with Monique Johannsen), conducting his own compositions, mainly with children and youth ensembles. He likes to write music for children and the cabaret, but increasingly composes chamber, choir, orchestra and stage music. In 2006, he finished his church opera "Franz Jägerstätter" (first performed 23.09.2007, at Stift Rein)