Born: May 16, 1970
Born in Austria in 1970, Otmar Binder is a pianist, singer-songwriter and composer, educated at the Vienna Hochschule (between 1978 and 1986) and later at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.
He began working as a musician in Vienna in 1988, mainly as an accompanist for singers and actors. Touring work has led him to London, Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, New York, Los Angeles, Prague, and major cities in Germany and Switzerland and to venues such as, amongst others, the Konzerthaus, Burgtheater, Volkstheater, Theater in der Josefstadt, and Ronacher (all in Vienna). His latest CD might be seen as something of a departure, given the theatrical, piano- pop and chanson repertoire Otmar Binder is usually associated with...
Meade Lux Lewis and Jay McShann would be astounded and delighted — Boogie Woogie piano from Vienna, Austria... George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon
Piano blues albums sometimes get criticised for being samey – this is anything but. Norman Darwen, www.bluesandrhythm.co.uk
In a time when this style of music is becoming something of a rarity, it is a welcome turn of events to find the spirit of the music alive and well in an unexpected place...