Wolfgang Puschnig
Instrument: saxophone, flute

© Wolfgang Puschnig

Puschnig Wolfgang

General Information

Year of Birth:  1956
Date of Birth:  21. May 1956
Place of Birth:  Klagenfurt
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Born in 1956. Studied saxophone and flute at the Conservatory of Vienna. He referrs to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy and Asian music as his basic musical influences. In 1977 he co-founded with Mathias Rüegg the "Vienna Art Orchestra", which he left again in 1989. Alongside Joe Zawinul, Wolfgang Puschnig is certainly one of the most important active jazz musicians in Austria. His reputation as a brilliant soloist and virtuoso who is bubbling over with ideas are the main reason for which he is always invited to international projects as a guest musician. Above all, it is the variety of the ensemble he founded, including "Air Mail", "Pat Brothers", "AM4", "Alpine Aspects" that distinguishes him as an internationally recognized artist who stilistically crosses borders without fear.
His musical projects are expressions of his artistic openness, curiosity and experimentation - always at the highest level.


1977 - 1989

co-founder and member


ever since cooperation with Carla Bley


ever since cooperation in the project "Alpine Aspects" with jazz-musicians and with Amstettener Musikanten (e.g. at the JazzFest Berlin 2006 as well as ar the Musikfest Waidhofen/Thaya 2007)


founding and ever since member of the saxophone-quartet Saxofour (together with Florian Bramböck, Klaus Dickbauer and Christian Maurer)

professor at and head of the Department of Popular Music

compositions for film and theater productions at home and abroad

focus on traditional East Asian music and its synthesis with Western improvised music

works as guest musician for international projects

founder of several ensembles, eg. Air Mail, Pat Brothers, AM4 etc.

coperation with the vocal-ensemble "schnittpuktvokal"


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Hans-Koller-Award in the category "Musician of the Year"


award for extraordinary artistic activity


awarded an honorary doctorate

Discography, Projects

Discography (selection):

  • 2013: For The Love Of It (Col legno)
  • 2008: Alpine Aspects - Hommage to O.C. (Emarcy Records)
  • 2007: Things Change - The 50th Anniversary Box (Universal Records)
  • 2006: Late Night Show Pt. I + II (Quinton Records)
  • 2002: 3 & 4 Ob'n Unt'n / Austrian Songs (Emarcy Records)
  • 2001: Chants (Quinton Records)
  • 2000: Aspects (PAO Records)
  • 1997: Roots & Fruits (Amadeo)
  • 1995: Mixed Metaphors (Verve)
  • 1991: Alpine Aspects (Amadeo)
  • 1988: Pieces of a Dream (PolyGram)

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