photographer: Helmut Lackinger ©

Breinschmid Georg

General Information

Year of Birth:  1973
Date of Birth:  25. April 1973
Place of Birth:  Amstetten
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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.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

classic studies


1994 - 1996


1996 - 1998

member - numerous tours to Japan, USA, UK, France, etc.


ever since a freelance jazz musician

1999 - 2006

double bass player


increasingly active as a composer, including a special affinity to traditional Viennese music and the Wiener Lied

already active as a substitute in various Viennese orchestras (the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, etc.) during his studies

numerous performances and tours throughout Europe, USA and Asia with various ensembles

chamber music e.g. with the Amadeus Ensemble, Ensemble Kontrapunkte and the Ensembe die reihe

collaborations with Archie Shepp, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Drew Jr., Biréli Lagrène, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Triology, Megablast, and many more

TV performances, among others in the shows "Annettes DaschSalon" and the NDR literary matinee "Herbstblätter" (with violonist Daniel Hope) and in "Kulturzeit" (3sat)

compositions performed by various formations, including Ensemble Amarcord Wien, the ensemble Bass Instinct and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Performances (Selection)


performance with the trio Brein's Cafe at the opening, which was shown to millions of viewers across Europe live on TV


performances of Breinschmid's compositions with various symphony orchestras, e.g. the Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno, the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Hans Koller Award - "CD of the Year" for "Mauve" (Shilkloper/Correa/Breinschmid)


Hans Koller-Award "Newcomer of the Year"


nominated "Musician of the Year" for the Hans Koller Award


nominated "Musician of the Year" for the Hans Koller Award


nominated "CD of the Year", as bassist of the Christian Muthspiel Trio

Discography, Projects

Current Projects:

  • Brein's Cafe: Trio with Roman Janoska (vl) and Frantisek Janoska (p)
  • Duo with Thomas Gansch (trp)
  • Trio with Benjamin Schmid (vl) and Stian Carstensen (acc)
  • "Wer ist Ivica Strauß?" with Sebastian Gürtler (vl) and Tommaso Huber (acc)
  • classXXX: Quartet with Daniel Schnyder (sax), Thomas Dobler (vib) & Daniel Pezzotti (vlc)


Selected Diskography:

  • 2013: "Gansch und Breinschmid Live", Thomas Gansch und Georg Breinschmid (Preiser Records)
  • 2012: "Fire", Georg Breinschmid (1 1/2 CDs, Preiser Records)
  • 2010: "Brein's World", Georg Breinschmid (2 CDs, Preiser Records)
  • 2010: "Georg Breinschmid Live" (2 DVDs, Preiser Records)
  • 2010: "Mussorgsky Dis-Covered", Kulman/Theissing/Shilkloper/Skuta/Breinschmid (Preiser Records)
  • 2009: "Fake Folk", Pago Libre (Zappel Music)
  • 2008: "Wien bleibt Krk", Georg Breinschmid & friends (Preiser Records)
  • 2006: "Against the Wind - The Music of Werner Pirchner & Harry Pepl", Christian Muthspiel Trio (Universal)
  • 2005: "Tanzen", Duo mit Agnes Heginger (Preiser Records)
  • 2005: "Stepping Out", Pago Libre (Leo Records)
  • 2003: "Over", Single with Megablast & Cesar Sampson (Stereo Deluxe)
  • 2001: "Mauve", Shilkloper/Correa/Breinschmid (Quinton)

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