Photographer: Markus Roessle ©

Hank Sabina

General Information

Year of Birth:  1976
Date of Birth:  2. May 1976
Place of Birth:  Salzburg
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Hank was born in Salzburg. In 1976 – at the age of five – she began attending Salzburg's Mozarteum, and she received instruction in classical piano there for 13 years. From 1994 to 1999 she pursued studies in jazz piano and voice at Anton Bruckner University in Linz. Since 1997 she has pursued an international career as a freelance singer, pianist and composer. She has performed at international jazz festivals in Denmark, Morocco, Greece, France, Poland, Romania, the U.S., Mexico, Turkey, Austria, Germany, etc.
Hank has collaborated with Bob Mintzer, Benjamin Schmid, Werner Pirchner, Maria Schneider, Willi Resetarits, Leander Haussmann and others.
She has composed music for the theater (Schauspielhaus Bochum, Vienna Volkstheater, Salzburg Landes­theater [State Theater]), film (orf/3sat) and various jazz and classical ensembles.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1981 - 1994

studies

1994 - 1999

jazz singing and jazz piano studies (unfinished)

2003

Speech Level Singing

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1982

first studio recordings

1992 - 2001

work in the directing team at "Jedermann"

1997

internationally active as a freelance musician

2003 - 2007

member

2005 - 2009

board member

2007

record contract ever since

2009

founder of the record label „meander records“

collaborated with Willi Resetarits, Hubert von Goisern, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Garry Dial, Werner Pirchner, Andy Baum, Dick Oatts, Beni Schmid, Albie Donelly (Supercharge), Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa) etc.

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1997

La Vilette Jazzfestival Paris

2000

European Vocal Summit Festival Prag & Bratislava

2001

Jazzherbst Salzburg

2002

Jazzfestival Sibiu

2003

Jazzfestival Copenhagen

2003

Jazzfestival Mexico City

2003

Jazzfestival Rabat

2003

Jazzfestival San Luis Potosi

2003

Novi Sad Jazzfestival

2004
2004
2004

Jazzfestival Izmir & Ankara

2005

Jazzfestival Warsaw & Kalisz

2007

Midem Cannes

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1998

Schauspielhaus Bochum: composition for "Carmen"

2001

composition for "Regeneration"

2001

composition for "Talisman"

2002

composition for "Nachtmusik"

2002

composition for the documentary "Ausgangspunkt Österreich. Zum 100. Geburtstag von Sir Karl Popper"

2006

composition for the opening of the Salzburg Musikum

2007

15-minute violin concert for string chamber orchestra and solo violin

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1990

award winner at the Steinway Competition

1998

first prize of the composition scholarship

2004

Best Jazz Artist National

2004

arts and culture award

2010

Amadeus Austrian Music Award (Jazz/World/Blues)

multiple awards

Description of Style

The emphasis of her artistic work lies first and foremost in the linkage of so-called serious music and entertainment music, in tearing down the borders of musical categorization and in the melding of compositional and improvisatory elements.

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • 2011: Liebesfarben (CD, meander records)
  • 2009: Focus On Infinity (CD, meander records)
  • 2008: Abendlieder (Willi Resetarits - Sabina Hank; CD, Universal Music)
  • 2007: Nah An Mir & Inside (CD, Universal Music)
  • 2004: Music in a Mirror (feat. Bob Mintzer; CD, Quinton Records)
  • 2001: Blue Moments (CD, Quinton Records)
  • 2000: Softly Spoken (CD)
  • 1998: Carmen - music by Sabina Hank (Schauspielhaus Bochum, reg. Leander Hausmann)
  • 1997: Uncovered Soul (feat. Benjamin Schmid)


Live-projects:

  • Sabina Hank & Band: "Liebesfarben" (produced by Hubert von Goisern)
  • Sabina Hank & Willi Resetarits: "Abendlieder"
  • Benjamin Schmid plays Gulda & Hank (mit Streichorchester "Camerata Academica Salzburg" & "Jazz 4tet")
  • Sabina Hank &Herb Berger: "Since we met"