Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone

Gerald Preinfalk was born in Freistadt, Upper Austria. At the age of nine, he started his musical education. By the time he commenced his training at the University of Music in Vienna in 1990, studying with Otto Vhrovnik and Wolfgang Puschnig, music had become his vocation.

In 1993, a scholarship took him to the Berklee College of Music where he worked with Jazz icon George Garzone and, in 1998, to Paris, where he studied classical saxophone with Serge Bertocchi. Back in Vienna, these two genres constitute - sometimes more, sometimes less balanced - his main field of activity.

Preinfalk became a member of Klangforum Wien in 2000. Guest appearances include performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the RSO Wien, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz and various ensembles for contemporary music such as die reihe, the Ensemble XX. Jahrhundert, and Ensemble Kontrapunkte. He also appeared as soloist with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart. As jazz musician, Gerald Preinfalk has been part of many projects, playing with Big-Bands such as Nouvelle Cuisine and the Vienna Art Orchestra as well as in formations with Django Bates, Peter Madsen, Don Byron, George Garzone, Christian Muthspiel, Terry Bozzio, Alex Machacek, Savina Yannatou, Lucia Pulido, Georg Breinschmid, Harri Stojka i.a. In 2001, Gerald Preinfalk was awarded the coveted “Hans-Koller-Jazz-Prize” as “Newcomer of the Year”. Bernhard Lang wrote a solo concerto for the saxophonist which he performed accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker. Roland Freisitzer and Norbert Sterk dedicated ensemble pieces to him.

In addition to his arrangements of Jewish songs, setting to music texts of poets which were murdered under the Stalin regime in 1952 („Moscow 52“, „BUKOVINA II“), Gerald Preinfalk has also been successful as composer of incidental music for the theatre – for instance in productions of “Peer Gynt”, “Hiob” and “Du bleibst bei mir” at the Vienna Volkstheater, all directed by Michael Sturminger, as well as collaborating with actress Maria Bill in the production “Maria Bill sings Jacques Brel”. He worked at the Vienna Burgtheater and has featured in literary events, accompanying readings of renowned actors such as Nicole Heesters, Martin Schwab and Petra Morzé with musical improvisations. Some musical projects of his own were the “Paier/Preinfalk Project” in 2000, “More than Tango” and “Saison” in 2004, “Tangogo” in 2003 and Giuffre Zone” in 2006.

In 2007 he started his collaboration with the Brasilian guitarist Alegre Correa with whom he performs as a duo; over the years, a great number of other musicians have joined them for special projects. In 2011 Gerald Preinfalk became university professor for classical saxophone at the University of Music, Graz.