Herwig Gradischnig
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Instrument: clarinet, saxophone

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Gradischnig Herwig

General Information

Year of Birth:  1968
Date of Birth:  18. December 1968
Place of Birth:  Bruck an der Mur
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Gradischnig is one of the most sought after sidemen of the Austrian jazz scene.
He has been working with the Vienna Art Orchestra and on his own projects "Playing Deep" and "Ghost Trio". Another project is the duo with the piano player Oliver Kent, which was awarded with the the prestigious Hans-Koller-Prize "Album of the Year" for the CD "Day Dream" (amadeo/univ.). In 1998, Gradischnig was already awarded with the Hans-Koller-Prize in the category "Newcomer of the Year".


He also played with the Jazz Big Band Graz, the EBU Big Band, the NDR Big Band, Nouvelle Cuisine, furthermore with numerous other local and international musicians and bands. For many years performances at prestigious jazz festivals around the globe, participation in radio and television broadcastings in Austria and abroad.


1993 - 2010


involvement in numerous CD-productions

lecturer at jazz-workshops and improvisation-workshops in Austria and abroad

performances with Jazz Big Band Graz, EBU Big Band, NDR Bigband, Jazzorchester Regensburg, Jazzorchester Würzburg, LA Concert Jazz Orchestra, Richard Österreicher Bigband, Blue Note Bigband, Pepe Lienhard Bigband, The European Jazzorchestra, Gruppe Nouvelle Cuisine and others

collaborations with musicians such as Hannibal "Marvin" Peterson, Ingrid Jensen, Benny Bailey, Rob Bargad, Garry Dial, Kenny Wollesen, Fritz Pauer, Karl Ratzer, Kent Carter, Howard Curtis, Jimmy Cobb, John Swana, Marianne Mendt, Marc Abrams, Paulo Cardoso, Adrian Mears, Mario Gonzi, Andy Scherrer, Bill Carrothers, Johannes Enders, Christian Havel, Joris Dudli, Manny Duran, Wolfgang Puschnig, Matthieu Michel, Yves Robert, Michel Godard, Jean-Paul Celea, Karl Prosenik, Alexander Fischer, Joschi Schneeberger and Heiri Känzig

since the early 2000s leading of his own projects such as Fine Four, Joinville (with Adrian Mears, Oliver Kent, Marc Abrams und Mario Gonzi), Quartett Playing Deep (with Kent, Abrams and Gonzi), Ghost Trio (with Matthias Pichler and Klemens Marktl), Organic Mode (with John Swana, Rob Bargad and Klemens Marktl) and The Engrad (with Johannes Enders, Thomas Stabenow and Howard Curtis)

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

commissioned composition and music concept of the new cd-rom "rot - die österreichische sozialdemokratie politik/geschichte/kultur"


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Hans-Koller-Prize in the category "Newcomer of the Year"


Hans-Koller-Prize for album of the year "Daydream", together with the piano player Oliver Kent