Preissl Markus

General Information

Date of Birth:  24. December 1977
Place of Birth:  Gmünd
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In his early childhood, Epikus began to take lessons for piano and keyboard. At the age of 16 he also began to practice playing the electric bass, and started his first attempts as a composer. After finishing highschool he began to study jazz piano at the Vienna Conservatory. After one year he decided to switch from jazz to classical music and finished his studies in June 2003. He then continued to study musicology at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his diploma in May 2007.
As a composer and arranger, Epikus has achieved many goals in his young life. Compositions for piano, choir performances, pieces for percussion, ensembles and chamber orchestra are part of his work. He also arranges compositions for international artists, teaches music, and has been playing in several rock bands.
With his outstanding keyboard abilities, Epikus is already planning his next move: the release of progressive pop/rock songs which will shine through the usage of complex structures and high-level arrangements. The audience will be taken by storm, since it is not only the technique that counts in Epikus' music: there will also be beautiful melodies and groovy rhythms which will catch the listener's ear. His special talent makes Epikus a highly exceptional musician, who distinguishes himself from the masses with his music-oriented and uncommercial work.
2002-2007 keyboarder of the progressiven Rock/Metalband GLASSMOON, some years later keyboarder for VIVIAN.


Solo- und guest-performances as well as cooperation with singers such as Wakako Harada (Vienna/Japan, Classical Music), Bettina Mönch (Vienna/Germany, Musical), Emanuel Treu (Vienna, Pop/Jazz), Eva Kazemi (Vienna, Pop/Jazz), Verena Bierbaumer (Vienna, Pop/Jazz), Manfred Hauk (Vienna, Pop/Rock), pianists such as Yuko Sakurai (Vienna/Japan, Classical Music), Deniz Ulcay (Zürich, Jazz/Classical Music) and Frances Zazzara-Bayes (Vienna/USA, Classical Music), the "Kammerchor Gmünd", the "Vienna Conservatory Percussionists", conductor Virginia Martinez Fernandez (Vienna/Spain), bands such as VIVIAN, GLASSMOON, QUADRANT4, sound-engineers such as Mag. Martin Laumann, Mag. Mario Zlatev, Karl Renner, etc.


Influences by:

  • bands/composers: Dream Theater, SymphonyX, Shadow Gallery, Pagans Mind, Enchant, Marillion, Arena, Rhapsody, Death, Sadist, Cradle Of Filth, Rage, Dalis Dilemma, Freak Kitchen, Threshold, Ayreon, Everon, Level42, Toto, Yes, Liquid Tension Experiment, Filmmusik (Klaus Doldinger - Unendliche Geschichte, John Williams - Star Wars, ...), Musik der Rennaissance - Moderne (Claudio Monteverdi, Pierre Luigi da Palestrina, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Holst, Sergej Rachmaninov, Igor Strawinsky, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, ...) and Celtic/Irish folkmuisc by Clannad or by the Chieftains as well as by Ronan Hardiman (Lord Of The Dance), and many more
  • solo-musicians: Kevin Moore, Mike Oldfield, Vitalij Kuprij, Jens Johansson, Steve Vai, Devin Townsend, Simon Philips, Dave Weckl, and many more


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

since then, received the Joseph Haydn scholarship four times


since then, received the culture municipality scholarship four times


2nd place in the European composition competition for piano solo


5th place in the European composition competition for piano and oboe


Emanuel und Sofie Fohn-Scholarship Foundation: scholarship


Windhag-Scholarship Foundation for Lower Austria: scholarship


Description of Style

Alternative, progressive pop/rock, new age, minimalism, groove, always melodious with profound lyrics.


Markus Preissl, 2009

Press Reviews


Markus Preissl who is active as a composer and instrumentalist, belongs to a new generation of musicologists who dare to approach - without prejudice, yet with a scientific claim - topics that do not necessarily correspond to the traditional musicological research field. His book on the subject of virtuosity and modern influence caused by medial-social changes, shows how recent, exciting and profitable (for the reader: musicians, experts, sociologists and music interested layman) any serious concern with such issues could turn out to be. It may be the beginning of a long overdue bridging of research in traditional serious music to the so-called popular music culture and media world we live in.

Musikalische Virtuosität im Wandel - Einfluss der Gesellschafts- und Medienveränderung auf die Popularmusik (Klappentext von Richard Graf)



Already as a composer and musician KWU-graduate Markus Preissl aims to connect serious and light music. In his first book, he now scientifically deals with the topic of virtuosity under the influence of current social and media changes. A refreshingly unprejudiced approach to a subject that otherwise is a rarely research object.