Johannes Steiner
Instrument: accordion

© Johannes Steiner

Steiner Johannes

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In the worst case, the accordion in this country gets attributed to the homey world of irrelevant "Schlagermusikantentum". In a slightly better case, it gets associated with obsolete Parisian romance and Amélie-fantasies or the seductive tango-worlds of Astor Piazzolla (in the later case it might get confused with the bandoneon!). In the best possible case we can understand it as a simple instrument that can be used regardless of its tone colour in diverse stylistic constellations - just like all other instruments too. John Steiner increases even this latter level and also elicits from his favorite sound generator, being the diatonic accordion, grooves and melody patterns that have rarely been heard.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

teaching degree in music and psychology/philosophy

studies of physical theatre at the LEM (Laboratory of Movement Study) of the Ecole Jaques Lecoq

studies of physical theatre at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier

graduation on the topic of "Klavierpraxis in der Musikerziehung"



ever since teacher at the BG/BRG Wels for music and psychology/philosophy, head of the school-band and of the acting-group of the lower grades


ever since university-assistant at the Institute for Music-Pedagogics

co-initiator of classes with a special focus on music and dance at the BG/BRG Wels

organisation of international tours for his ensemble "Die Resonanz"

numerous CD-productions

teaching activity in international workshops


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

annual scholarship for music


winner in the national competition "Music-making in the class-room" at Cologne

Press Reviews


after the concert of "Johannes Steiner's Die Resonanz and Jessica Lurie, (NY, USA)"
A crown jewel of the music scene with world-class niveau [...] Imaginative, varied and with enormous elegance making the listeners sink into it, the both of them rolled out of a fascinating tapestry of sound. Starting with quiet, loungy jazz pieces over powerful melodies up to almost maddening chapters of harmony - these two hours represented almost everythingwhich makes the music lover happy. Fine song-oriented arrangements - these musicians knew to create an arc of suspense and how to handle it in the most perfect way. That it is possible to produce such a groovy sounds with an instrument that is otherwise rather at home in Austrian folk music, [...] was an uplifting experience.

Bernd Zahn, Zeitung Salzwedel



after the publication of the first album 
"Die Resonanz Stanonczi, live at JazziT":
You most plainly get to know the dogmatism of the jazz scene when a daring person experiments with an instrument totally non-typical for this style of music. The diatonic harmonica is native to Austrian folk music, but Johannes Steiner manages to take her in the world of jazz.

Matthias Schneider arte TV