Gerald Preinfalk,

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Gerald Preinfalk

Gerald Preinfalk was born in Zulissen near Freistadt in Upper Austria. In 1990, he started to study classical saxophone with Oto Vrhovnik and jazz with Wolfgang Puschnig at the University of Music in Vienna, and as a result, pursued saxophone professionally. Scholarships brought him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) and to Paris.

Preinfalk has been a member of Klangforum Wien since 2000. He has toured with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the RSO – Radio-Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and other ensembles for new music in and around Vienna.

He has also performed jazz as a sideman with various big bands such as Nouvelle Cousine, the Vienna Art Orchestra and other ensembles, playing with musicians like Don Byron (NYC), Django Bates (GB), George Garzone (NYC), Elliot Sharp (NYC); Terry Bozzio (USA Frank Zappa drummer), Savina Yannatou (BR), Lucia Pulido (CO), Alegre Corrêa (BR) and Wolfgang and Christian Muthspiel (A).

As a composer of theatre music, he is responsible for the soundtracks to “Peer Gynt,” “Hiob” and “Du bleibst bei mir” – all directed by Michael Sturminger at the Wiener Volkstheater. He has also collaborated with Burgtheater actors such as Nicole Heesters, Martin Schwab, Petra Morzé and Christoph Krutzler. In the commercial sector, he has worked with opera singer Elisabeth Kulmann on the ongoing project “La femme c’est moi” and also with national celebrities such as Willi Resetaruts, Tini Kainrath and Maria Bill (“Bill sings Jacques Brel”; “Bill sings Bill”).

In 2012, Gerald Preinfalk was appointed professor for classical saxophone at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Masterclasses have taken him to Strasbourg, Wroclaw (PL), Szczecinek (PL), Tikushima (JP) and Tianjin (CHN).

"I took the fire truck to the music school."
Gerald Preinfalk