Photo: Severin Koller ©

Ptak Martin

General Information

Year of Birth:  1972
Date of Birth:  18. December 1972
Place of Birth:  St. Pölten
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Martin Ptak studied trombone, piano and composition. Among others he worked with Elliot Scharp, Bill Holman, Graham Collier, Christoph Cech and Renald Deppe. Martin Ptak has, from a musical perspective, done a lot of travelling in his career. He has played jazz, classic, and even some pop. But it wasn’t until the release of his prize winning album "Twillight Street" that the pianist, trombonist and composer finally found where he wanted to be.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1993 - 1995

Music Education - Voice and Instruments (IGP), piano and trombone

1993 - 1998

applied music jazz-piano

1993 - 1998

applied music jazz-piano (Michael Starch)

1994 - 1999

applied music jazz-trombone

1994 - 1999

applied music jazz-trombone (Bobby Dodge)

2000 - 2002


2005 - 2010

additional training in the USA: private lessons, workshops and cooperation with Dick Nash, Bill Reichenbach, Phil Teele, Jacques Voymant, Dell Hake, John Rojak, Andrew Malloy, Dick Cary, Bob Carr



co-founder (numerous compositions and live-sets for film, stageband at Porgy&Bess in 2003)

co-founder of the improvisation-ensemble "Spitzbergen" (performances of the ensemble at the Donaufestival Krems and at the Austrian Cultural Institut in Rome), foundation of the "Ensemble 8mm" (live-sets for film at the festival "Glatt & Verkehrt", Krems), foundation of the 16-membered filmmusic-orchestra "Velvet Elevator" (stageband at Porgy&Bess in 2009)

arranger, composer and musical director of the LINZ09-project "Einmal um die ganze Welt" - a homage to film- and TV-composer Karel Svoboda

arrangements and compositions for the albums of Die Strottern ("Die Strottern & Blech) and 5/8 in Ehren ("Gut genug für die City")

other cooperations a.o. with Janus Ensemble, Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band, Wachauer Pestbläser, "Extracello"-Celloquartett, Willi Resetarits, Bernhard Landauer & Lilo Wanders, Lessing-Streichquartett & gemischtes Ensemble, Trio Gonsior/Mayerhofer/Ptak, Tromboneheads

compositions for short film and commercials

arrangements for Bigbands and various jazz-ensembles

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

"River Tales": commissioned by Radio Ö1 and the festival Glatt & Verkehrt

Discography, Projects


  • 2012: Twilight Street (Hidden Valley Records)