Wolfgang Muthspiel
Instrument: guitar

© Matthias Heschl

Muthspiel Wolfgang

General Information

Year of Birth:  1965
Date of Birth:  2. March 1965
Place of Birth:  Judenburg
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In the late 20th and early 21st century his stylistic diversity made him a sought-after jazz-musician in many projects. Wolfgang Muthspiel uses a variety of styles of electronic music, such as sample- and-loop-techniques. Now and then he can also be heard as a violinist.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first lessons at the age of 6


from the age of 15 on (self-taught)

studies (classical guitar and jazz-guitar)

1986 - 1989

move to Boston and studies (Mick Goodrick and David Leisner), degree with "Magna Cum Laude"



move to New York and cooperation with Rebekka Bakken (Jazz - Pop)


founding his own label "Material Records", publication of own recordings as well as as of recordings by other artists


since then guest professor

recording at the studio and concerts with many well-known jazz-musicians such as Maria Joao, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, Gary Peacock, Don Alias, Larry Grenadier, Gabrielle Goodman, John Patitucci and many more

founding a trio together with the twin-brothers Andreas Pichler and Matthias Pichler

solo-performances with various guitars and loops


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Hans Koller Award: Musician of the Year


Hans Koller Award: European Jazz-Musician of the Year

various awards and prizes in the USA

Press Reviews


Muthspiel possesses all the intellectual and technical capabilities needed for using them such moments of magic. 

Die Presse (Samir H. Köck) 



At last solo again – full of emotion, fine rhythms and gorgeous esprit in his play. Chord by chord. In one of his musical solo-attempts at Porgy & Bess Wolfgang Muthspiel guided us into his wonderful world of multilayered guitar sounds. This has to happen from time to time. A delicacy of the Jazzfest-Wien-09!

Krone (Verena Kienast)

Muthspiel combines a flawless technique honed by classical training with a restless musical imagination as likely to derive inspiration from Bach as from the blues or the Beatles.

London Times

Wolfgang Muthspiel is a shining light of the contemporary jazz-guitar generation.

The New Yorker

Discography, Projects


  • 2016 Rising Grace with Brad Mehldau, Ambrose Akinmusire, Larry Grenadier und Brian Blade, ECM Records
  • 2015 Vienna, World with Becca Stevens, Billy Childs, Svante Henryson, Benjamin Schmid, ... Material Records
  • 2014 Driftwood with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier, ECM Records
  • 2013: Travel Guide with Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner
  • 2012: Vienna Naked
  • 2011: Drumfree with Andi Scherer and Larry Grenadier
  • 2010: Wolfgang Muthspiel & Mick Goodrick – Live at The Jazz Standard (Material)
  • 2008: From a Dream with Slava Grigoryan and Ralph Towner
  • 2008: Friendly Travelers Live (CD und DVD)
  • 2007: Glow with Dhafer Youssef
  • 2007: Friendly Travelers with Brian Blade
  • 2005: Bright Side with Andreas Pichler and Matthias Pichler
  • 2004: Solo
  • 2004: Air, Love & Vitamins (with Marc Johnson and Brian Blade)
  • 2003: EARly MUSIC with Christian Muthspiel
  • 2003: That's All Daisy Needs with Triology
  • 2002: Beloved with Rebekka Bakken
  • 2002: Continental Call
  • 2001: Echoes Of Techno with Christian Muthspiel
  • 2001: Real Book Stories with Marc Johnson and Brian Blade
  • 2000: Daily Mirror with Rebekka Bakken
  • 1999: Work In Progress
  • 1998: CY with Christian Muthspiel
  • 1996: Perspective
  • 1995: Loaded, Like New
  • 1994: In And Out
  • 1993: Black And Blue
  • 1993: Muthspiel-Peacock-Muthspiel-Motian with Christian Muthspiel
  • 1990: The Promise
  • 1989: Duo Due Tre with Christian Muthspiel
  • 1989: Timezones
  • 1987: Duo Due Focus It with Christian Muthspiel
  • 1985: Duo Due Schneetanz with Christian Muthspiel

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