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BIOGRAPHY

„…not only is Reinhold a wonderful drummer,

but a first rate arranger & composer

with a first rate jazz orchestra…“ 

​Michael Abene (USA)

Grammy winning Arranger/Composer,

Producer, Pianist, Educator

„...Reini makes (his) music sound natural by playing

on his drum set in a beautiful way, so that the other players can sound even greater...“

Martijn Vink (NL)

Drummer, Composer

Biography - textformat
Reinhold "Reini" Schmölzer

Reinhold Schmölzer was born in November 1983. Raised up in Radenthein, he began his musical education at the local music school of Spittal/Drau, where he could gain experience in symphonic string orchestras, brass bands, big bands and smaller classical as well as jazz bands. His former teachers where the ones who sparked Reinhold´s interest in music, whereupon he delved into his jazz studies in Klagenfurt (Carinthian State Conservatory), Graz (University for music and dramatic arts Graz) and Berlin (Jazzinstitute Berlin).

He toured around Europe and did studio productions, shared stage or arranged/composed with/for artists and bands like David Helbock Trio, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, HR-Bigband Frankfurt, Michael Erian, Rob Bargad, Jaka Kopac, Jazzdock Orchestra (Prag - Tschechien), Wayne Darling, Julian Argüelles, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. Dave Liebman (Aarhus - Denmark), NDR-Big Band (Hamburg - Germany), Graz Composers Orchestra, Nina „Fiva“ Sonnenberg, Jazzwerkstatt Graz Composers Ensemble, Jakob Karlzon, Jazz Orchester Regensburg, Oliver Kent, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra feat. Lau Højen, Don Menza, Tobias Hoffmann Jazz Orchestra, Malte Schiller, onQ Large Ensemble (Vienna- Austria), RTV Bigband Slovenija (Ljubljana - Slovenia), Bastian Stein, Tonc Feinig, Spielvereinigung Süd (Leipzig - Germany), Berndt Luef, Morten Ramsbøl, Lungau Big Band (Salzburg-Austria), Jure Pukl, Primus Sitter, Notes&Tones Jazzorchestra (Vienna-Austria), Andreas Tausch, Daniel Nösig, Kelag Bigband (Villach - Austria), Karen Asatrian, Àngela Tröndle & Mosaik, Ralph Mothwurf Orchestra (Vienna-Austria), Ewald Oberleitner, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (Switzerland), „Metropole Orchestra Arranger Workshop 2013“ (cond.Vince Mendoza,feat.Richard Bona) and many more...

„Reini“ Schmölzer has released two Jazz Orchestra albums:

„Miraculous Loss Of Signal“ - Reinhold Schmölzer & orchest•ra•conteur (UNIT Records 2012)

„Aerial Image“ - Reinhold Schmölzer & orchest•ra•conteur (UNIT Records 2016)

Since 2019 Reinhold Schmölzer is teaching „Jazz Arrangement/ Komposition“ at the „Gustav Mahler Privatuniversität Klagenfurt“ (GMPU) in the south of Austria.

In 2002 he was invited to “1st Austrian Drums & Percussion-Youth-Contest 2002” (Feldkirch/Vbg.), where he won 1st award in category solo-drums. In the same year Reinhold became the scholarship “L’Encourangement 2002“ of Kiwanis Club Spittal/Drau. In 2006 „University of music and daramtic arts“ granted him a support scholarship, which made it possible to stay in New York City. In spring 2012 Reinhold was awarded with the prestigious „DOWNBEAT Student Music Awards“ for his arrangement of „Lotus Flower“ (Radiohead), which can also be found on his Debut Album „Miraculous Loss Of Signal“, released in November 2012 on UNIT Records. Reinhold was also supported by Federal State Carinthia (Music Support Grant 2014) and by The Austrian Federal Chancellery (Outstanding Artist Award 2017).

In February 2013 Reinhold was invited to participate at „Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop“ (NL), which was led by Vince Mendoza. There he got chance to arrange one song of featured solist Richard Bona.

Curriculum Vitae
Reinhold "Reini" Schmölzer

born in November 1983

 

Shared stage/studio productions/arrangements&compositions:

David Helbock Trio, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, HR-Bigband Frankfurt, Michael Erian, Rob Bargad, Jaka Kopac, Jazzdock Orchestra (Prag - Tschechien), Wayne Darling, Julian Argüelles, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. Dave Liebman (Aarhus - Denmark), NDR-Big Band (Hamburg - Germany), Graz Composers Orchestra, Nina „Fiva“ Sonnenberg, Jazzwerkstatt Graz Composers Ensemble, Jakob Karlzon, Jazz Orchester Regensburg, Oliver Kent, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra feat. Lau Højen, Don Menza, Tobias Hoffmann Jazz Orchestra, Malte Schiller, onQ Large Ensemble (Vienna- Austria), RTV Bigband Slovenija (Ljubljana - Slovenia), Bastian Stein, Tonc Feinig, Spielvereinigung Süd (Leipzig - Germany), Berndt Luef, Morten Ramsbøl, Lungau Big Band (Salzburg-Austria), Jure Pukl, Primus Sitter, Notes&Tones Jazzorchestra (Vienna-Austria), Andreas Tausch, Daniel Nösig, Kelag Bigband (Villach - Austria), Karen Asatrian, Àngela Tröndle & Mosaik, Ralph Mothwurf Orchestra (Vienna-Austria), Ewald Oberleitner, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (Switzerland), „Metropole Orchestra Arranger Workshop 2013“ (cond.Vince Mendoza,feat.Richard Bona) and many more...

„Reini“ Schmölzer has released two Jazz Orchestra albums:
„Miraculous Loss Of Signal“ - Reinhold Schmölzer & orchest•ra•conteur (UNIT Records 2012)
„Aerial Image“ - Reinhold Schmölzer & orchest•ra•conteur (UNIT Records 2016)

Since 2019 Reinhold Schmölzer is teaching „Jazz Arrangement/ Komposition“ at the „Gustav Mahler Privatuniversität Klagenfurt“ (GMPU) in the south of Austria.

Education:

⦁ studies of composition with Ed Partyka

⦁ 2008-2009 Jazzinstitute Berlin - Master of Music

   (John Hollenbeck, David  Friedman)

⦁ 2005-2008 University of Music & Dramatic Arts Graz - Bachelor of Arts (Howard Curtis)

⦁ 2003-2006 Carinthian State Conservatory - IGP (Erich Bachträgl)

⦁ 1990-2002 Music School Spittal/Drau (Karl Unterkofler)

 

Awards and Scholarships:

⦁ 2017 "Outstanding Artist Award" by The Austrian Federal Chancellery

⦁ 2014 „Music Support Grant" by Federal State Carinthia

⦁ 2013 „Metropole Orchestra Arranger Workshop“

            (cond.Vince Mendoza,feat.Richard Bona)

⦁ 2012 „DOWNBEAT Student Music Awards“ category arrangement Large Ensemble

⦁ 2011 Winner of „Jazzverk“, composition competition for Big Band (Luleå - Sweden)

⦁ 2009 „Outstanding Performance Award“ at „Kodolányi Jazz Compet.“

            (Siófok-Hungary)

⦁ 2002 „L´Encourangement“, Scholarship of Kiwanis Club Spittal/Drau

⦁ 2002 „1st Austrian Drums & Percussion-Youth-Contest“,

   Feldkirch/Vrlbg (1st award)