Horst-Michael Schaffer
Instrument: vocals, trumpet

© Horst-Michael Schaffer

Schaffer Horst-Michael

General Information

Year of Birth:  1971
Place of Birth:  Judenburg
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Singer, producer, arranger, trumpeter, songwriter, teacher, artistic director; it would be hard to find a more varied musicians portfolio. Horst-Michael Schaffer’s musical endeavours were long known by only a handful of musical insiders. It wasn’t until he took over the Jazz Bigband Graz that he stepped into the public spotlight and since shaped the image of the Austrian contemporary Bigband.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1991 - 1994

classical education in singing

1994 - 2000

studies in jazz-trumpet (Eduard Holnthaner)


studies in jazz-trumpet (Darren Irwin and John Bowman)


College of Music Leeds, England: exceptional performance scholarship – study visit


studies in jazz-trumpet (Bobby Shew)



founding member in the Jazz Big Band Graz (with John Hollenbeck, Wayne Darling, Fritz Pauer, Gregorz Nagorsky, Heinrich von Kalnein, Herwig Gradischnig, Sigi Feigl)

2000 - 2005

over 200 concerts with the »Groove-Impro-Syndikat« Die Geilen Schweine


ever since artistic director of the concert series "Jazz in der Oper"


concerts as a member of the European Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Django Bates (with Ian Bellamy, David Doruzka, Josefine Lindstrand, Jean-Baptiste Rehault, Anders Banke, Martin France)


ever since producer- and songwriter for various dancefloor and independent labels in England and Germany with Jens Winter (Germany) and Craig West (Great Britain)


ever since band leader (together with Heinrich von Kalnein)

2002 - 2005

shows with the Austrian folk band Die Dolen with Reinhard Winkler, Ali Angerer, Ingrid Moser and Achim Kirchmair

2003 - 2004

instructor at the jazz-department (subjects: trumpet and ensemble)

2005 - 2007

engagement for the play "Die Versunkene Kathedrale" based on the work the of Austrian writer Gert Jonke


ever since teacher at the jazz-department (subjects: jazz-trumpet and ensemble)

songwriter for BMG

producer and musician in the pop- and club-scene, cooperation with artists such as Shanice Keighton, Jens Winter, Frank Travis, Maxwell, Freddy Cash jr., Nick Cave, X-Colored, Vienna Scientists, Karim Matusiewicz, Alex Deutsch, Jens Winter, Craig West, DJ Shalom, DJ Big Ben Mob, LTJ Buken, Stars and Stripes Major Label and Sunny Austin and many more

further cooperation with among others Sabina Hank (Music in a Mirror), Ed Partyka, Georg Breinschmid (Brein's World), Erich Kleinschuster, Django Bates, Louis Sclavis, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, John Hollenbeck (Joy & Desire), Fritz Pauer, Rens Newland (Freedom Street Parade), Wayne Darling and Mark Murphy

numerous performances at various festivals as a jazz-solist in the most different formations


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Overseas Scholarship


College of Music in Leeds/England: Exceptional Performance Scholarship


promotional award


Amiens, France: artist in residence at the "Maison de la Culture"

Discography, Projects

Discography (selection):

as producer and composer:

  • Karimski Club (Karimski Club)
  • Maxwell (Prisoners)
  • Shanice Keighton (Breakin' Thru The Clouds)
  • Stars & Stripes Major Label (The Empire)
  • CBeverly Joyce (Low Lights & Champagne)
  • Stacy Chaplin (Fragrance)

Band/Ensemble Member of

Band/Ensemble Member of: