Heinrich von Kalnein

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: July 4, 1960    

Born in Baden-Baden, Germany, Heinrich von Kalnein has lived in Austria for for more than 25 years , where he figures among the most high-profile musical personalities. As saxophonist and flutist open to many stylistic facets he developed his musical profile out of the contemporary jazz tradition. Coming from a melody-orientated concept and never neglecting the importance of a groove he tries to expand his musical range up to worldbeat and electronic music. As far as his music is concerned the word 'jazz' primary means an attitude, - not a style. Since his graduation from the University of Music Graz in 1987 and master classes with David Liebman and Oliver Lake he worked as a free-lance musician, high-profile soloist as well as composer / arranger, producer and professor for Saxophone in Linz at the Anton Brucker Conservatory (A) and Graz...
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1987 Diploma with Honors, University of Music Graz. Art Directors Club First International Exhibition Merit Award 1987
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... with this international group he is able to cross borders, without loosing his impeccable sense for creating melodies. (JAZZTHING/D)

“One of the most polished saxophonists of the Austrian scene, Heinrich von Kalnein knows how to produce both high impact jazz and masterful lines with a lyrical feel. Warmly recommended!...” (Ljubisa Tosic - DER STANDARD/Austria)

... präsentiert er aufregenden, zeitgenössischen Mainstreamjazz europäischer Prägung. Mit technischer Brillianz, der richtigen Balance zwischen Sophistication und Groove und als exzellenter Komponist vermag Heinrich Von Kalnein zu überzeugen...

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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundSince 1989 - 1992 he worked as professor for saxophone at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz / Austria. Since 1995 is is a member of the faculty of the renowned Jazz institute of the University of Music & Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG). Since 2004 he is working as a professor for jazz saxophone and jazz flute (IGP) and conducting his own class. He gave workshops for saxophone and ensembleplaying in Italy, Germany, Austria and Israel (IASJ). He is available for workshops in all jazz-related fields.


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Cannonball BigBell Stone Series Altosaxophone, Paraschos wooden neck, Brancher J25 Metalmouthpc. Selmer MK VI Altosaxophone Selmer MK VI Sopranosaxophone Silver, Francois Louis Silver Mouthpc. Selmer MK VI Tenorsaxophone, Vandoren T75 Metal Mouthpc. YAMAHA 611 Closed-Hole Flute with Sankyo RS1 Headjoint Jupiter Medici Altoflute with straight Headjoint
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