Karolina Strassmayer
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Instrument: saxophone, piano, flute

Strassmayer Karolina


General Information

Date of Birth:  23. February 1971
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The jazz saxophonist and composer became a part of the jazz szene in New York after her studies in Graz.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

studies (Karl Drewo)

scholarship for a semester abroad at the New York School for Social Research



KLARO!: ever since member and manager (together with the New York drummer Drori Mondlak)


WDR Big Band: ever since member (as the first woman ever)

toured with artists and groups including Chico Hamilton, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Joe Zawinul, Joe Lovano, Take 6, Dave Weckl, Diva, Dennis Chambers, Maceo Parker, Patti Austin, the Vienna Art Orchestra and McCoy Tyner

guest performances with the New York Pops Orchestra

temporary member of  the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Five Play and of the Duke Ellington Orchestra


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

scholarship for a semester abroad at the New York School for Social Research

New York School for Social Research: "Outstanding Artist of the Year"

"top-5 alto saxophonists" in the Downbeat Readers’ Polls for three years in a row

Best Album of the Year

Best Album of the Year

received three Grammys with the WDR Big Band Cologne

four Grammy nominations with other formations in the USA

Discography, Projects


  • 2013: Small Moments
  • 2011: Joining Forces
  • 2008: Adventures
  • 2002: KLARO!

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