Christoph "Pepe" Auer
Registered as:

Auer Christoph "Pepe"

General Information

Date of Birth:  28. August 1981
Place of Birth:  Hall in Tirol
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Christoph Pepe Auer composes songs, writes singable tunes, and highlights them with harmonic structures, at the same time drawing his inspiration from musicians such as John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Mark Turner etc.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first music lessons at the age of 5

2000 - 2001

"Jazz-Seminar" at Innsbruck Conservatoy

2001 - 2007

"jazz-saxophone", graduation (Mag. art.) with honours

2001 - 2007

"jazz-saxophone", graduation (Mag. art.) with honours

2006 - 2008

"instrumental pedagogy - popular music"

2006 - 2010

single lessons with Dick Oatts, George Garzone, Branford Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Tony Malaby, Marcus Strickland, Jason Lindner and other musicians living in New York


studies in "composition - jazz"

2007 - 2008

post-graduate studies "Art & Economy" (cultural management)


Erasmus-studies "composition - jazz" (Örjan Fahlström)


studies "instrumental pedagogy - saxophone", degree (Bakk. art.) wih honours


2000 - 2001

on duty in the military band Tyrol


ever since in "Living Room" with Manu Delgado


participation in the production "Rosa Riedl" at the Renaissance-Theater Vienna

2006 - 2009

Christoph Pepe Auer "The New York Sessions": bandleader, composer and alto saxophone

2006 - 2009

alto saxophone and bass clarinet "Matthias Löscher Quartett"

2006 - 2012

alto saxophone and composer "Jazzorchester Tirol"

2006 - 2014

annual stays with concerts, sessions and recordings


founding and ever since management of the label "Session Work Records"


founding and ever since member of the composers' collective


ever since member of the ensemble "Phoen-Saxophonquartetts"


ever since "Christoph Pepe Auer solo" by using live-electronics and interactive video-elements


ever since member of "Jazz Bigband Graz"

2007 - 2008

flute, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone

2007 - 2014

founding and ever since leader of "Christoph Pepe Auer Quartet"; concerts in China, Italy, Greece, Romania and Austria


organisation of the 2-days festival of the composers' collective

2008 - 2014

"Living Room in London": extension of the duo "Living Room" with 3 strings from the London Symphony Orchestra


participation in the production "Maria Stuart" on the occasion of the Cultural Capital Linz 2009

2009 - 2011

tenor saxophone and flute


ever since managment and organisation of the Session Work Festival (a 3-day festival with more than 130 artists on stage)

2012 - 2013

speeches on the Austrian music-scene on invitation of the international symposium "Rhythm Changes", of the Jazz Festival Vienna and of the UNESCO "International Day of Jazz"


speaker at the workshop "Jazz Business?"


ever since in duo with Christian Bakanic; tours through India, Nepal and Spain


participation in the production "Einer flog übers Kuckucksnest" (Festival Stockerau)



founding and ever since leader of "Songs I Like"

in addition to his own band also member of formations such as Jazzit Stage Orchestra, Ed Partyka/Flip Philipp Dectet as well as cooperation with Ari Hoenig and Tyshawn Sorey

numerous national and international performances, a.o. at Amsterdam, New York, Istanbul, Krakow, Jazzfestival Varna, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Brussels, Jazzfest Wiesen, Konzerthaus Vienna, Opers Graz, KKL Lucerne, Zurich etc.

numerous concerts, a.o. with Saxofour (substitute for Wolfgang Puschnig), Paul Urbanek, Vienna Art Orchestra (incl. CD-recording), Robert Bachner Big Band, 11 Concert Band plays the music of Charles Mingus, Flip Philipp & Ed Partyka Dectet (incl. CD-recording), Josel Trio, Franui, Uli Soyka, Concert Jazz Orchestra, Julia Noa Fischer, koe:r, S.K. Invitational, Blumentopf, Christian Reiner, Stefan Heckel, Manu Delago, José Ritmo, Reinhard Micko etc.


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

winner of the Biberach Jazz Award


Hans Koller Award "New York Scholarship"




student representative of the Music University Graz at the IASJ Annual Jazz Meeting in Poland (with David Liebman)


second scholarship


Hans Koller Award "Newcomer of the Year"


1-year work scholarship


audience-award by Jazzzeit


Hörbiger-Cultural Award

Discography, Projects

Discography (selection):

  • 2015: Songs I Like (CD, Session Work Records)
  • 2014: II. Session Work Festival CD (Session Work Records)
  • 2012: I. Session Work Festival CD (Session Work Records)
  • 2012: Living Room in London (Session Work Records/Lotus)
  • 2010: Colouring Book - mit "Living Room" ‎(CD/Album + DVD-V, Multichannel, Session Work Records)
  • 2009: Fringe Edition - mit "Living Room in London" (Session Work Records)
  • 2008: LIVE - mit dem "Christoph Pepe Auer Quartett" (Session Work Records/Lotus)
  • 2007: The New York Sessions (Session Work Records/Lotus)
  • 2007: Living Room (Session Work Records/Lotus)
  • 2005: White Rain - mit dem "Christoph Pepe Auer Quartett"
  • 2004: Chillin' con Karma (EP)

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