Wilfer Rudi

General Information

Year of Birth:  1936
Date of Birth:  14. September 1936
Place of Birth:  Salzburg
Country of Birth: 


Rudi Wilfer, born in Salzburg and raised in Vienna, is now one of the most important and most prolific Austrian musicians of international standing. His versatile creativity as an artist made Rudi Wilfer a legend in his generation, and he is also an important stimulus for the musically active jazz youth.



Rudi Wilfer Trio: foundation in the 1960s


member of the "L. Wright und Carmell Jones Quintett"


ever since professor for jazz piano

collaborations with Fatty George, Leo Wright, Slide Hampton, Joe Zawinul, Friedrich Gulda, Aladar Pege, Carl Drewo, Oskar Klein, Uzzi Förster, Hans Salomon und Lee Harper, weiters mit Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Luis Armstrong, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Jimmy Heath, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton

accompanied international great jazz-musicians such as Slide Hampton (trombone), Billy Mitchel (tenor-saxophone), Harold Jones (drums), Art Farmer (trumpet), Oliver Nelson (arranger and saxophonist) and etc.

performances with top-soloists in the Austrian scene such as the American trumpeter Lee Harper, the guitarists Harry Stojka and Karl Ratzer, the Hungarian bass-virtuoso Aladár Pege and the saxophonist Karl Drewo

numerous radio- and TV-productions and many successful, international tours, among others with established great US-jazz-musicians such as the tenor-saxophonists Bud Freeman and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Performances (Selection)


Don Bosco Church: premiere of the first great sacral composition "Sankt Michaeler Messe"


St. Augustin: premiere of the organ-concert "Tropfsteine"


premiere of "Für den Frieden singen"


Salzburger Jazz-Herbst: "Sankt Michaeler Messe"


Salzburger Jazz-Herbst: premiere of "Lungauer Blues Messe"


Salzburger Jazz-Herbst: premiere of "Requiem für Joe Zawinul"


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

International Jazz Composition Contest of Monaco: award for "For Joe"


Golden Cross of Merit


Honorary Cross for Science and Art

Discography, Projects


  • 2017: Somewhere (Gramola)
  • 2014: Solo (Crazy Music)
  • 2013: wilfer & wilfer live im Odeion (Gramola)
  • 2007: Allein (Gramola)
  • 1998: Rudi Wilfer / Harri Stojka - Kunst im Grauen Haus 1998 (RST Records)
  • 1996: What now my Love, Solo Piano (RST Records)
  • 1996: Rudi Wilfer Trio - Trio (RST Records)
  • 1980: Rudi Wilfer Trio feat Lee Harper - Take Off (Hit Record)
  • 1979: Rudi Wilfer Trio - For Us (Hit Record)
  • 1970: Rudi Wilfer Trio - Concerto of Love (7''; Fontana)

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