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Heinrich von Kalnein

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. In addition to touring with his own ensembles since 2003 he is co-leading the Jazz Bigband Graz with trumpeter / composer Horst - Michael Schaffer. Heinrich von Kalnein performs regularly in Austria and abroad and has given guest performances in the USA and the Far East. He has been a curator for the well-known Vienna jazz club Porgy & Bess and works as producer and director for recordings. Since 2004 he is working as a professor for jazz saxophone and jazz flute (IGP) at the renowned Jazz institute of the University of Music & Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG)

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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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Since 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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