Work

I enjoy working in all aspects of music - on stage and off - and collaborating with other artists. Whether performing as a chamber musician, as a soloist, in an orchestra or coordinating an ensemble, I embrace the creative process and relish the different challenges that vastly different genres from contemporary, jazz, classical and theatre present.

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Film

Having played the viola in numerous film and TV recording sessions, I’ve come to appreciate and know the finer points of the trade from the inside out.  Managing and contracting the Big Island Orchestra, I draw on these experiences to help create a great environment for excellent musicians to superb results.

Film Highlights

  • Ali – "Fallin" with Alicia Keys

  • Music by Karwan Marouf-Austrian composer

  • Fuchs im Bau

  • Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch

  • Die Letzte Party deines Lebens

  • Kaviar

  • Die Migrantigen

  • Nelly

  • Africa Race – TV Series documentary

  • Everyday Rebellion- Documentary

 

Big Island Orchestra

  • Borat – The Subsequent Moviefilm

  • Riverdance – The Animated Film

  • Das Schaurige Haus

 
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Theatre

I am fascinated by the tapestry of musical language and text, and theatre that employs music as an integral element to convey the work’s message. I feel privileged to have been part of several Burgtheater productions including seminal works like "Die Bakchen".

Theatre Highlights

Broadway

  • Into the Woods

  • Kiss me, Kate

Burgtheater

  • Die Marquise von O

  • Spatz und Engel

  • Liebesgeschichten und Heiratssachen

  • Die Bakchen

 
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Jazz/

Electronic

Happy to play music not necessarily associated with the viola, I have collaborated with a host of musicians in the realm of jazz, electronic, DJ and experimental music.

Jazz/Electronic Highlights

Collaborations with artists such as Joe Lovano, Bob Belden, Jan Lundgren, Wolfgang Puschnig, Manu Delago, Max Nagl, Simon Zöchbauer, Monika Ballwein, Matthias Jakisic, Martin Ptak, 5/8 in Ehr’n, DJ Funkionist, Carl Craig.

 
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Chamber

Music

I love playing chamber music. Whether classical or contemporary, Haydn or Haas, I relish the permanent sense of discovery, the surprise and the music making with colleagues and composers at festivals around the world. I have enjoyed being a member of the Koehne Quartet since 2013.

Ensembles

  • Koehne Quartet

  • Ensemble 5

  • Schoenberg Trio Wien

  • Classic Alpin

  • Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

 
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Fashion

As a classical musician living in Vienna, I was inspired to find a way to connect the African designs of fashionista Barbara Alli with the world of classical music. Made to visually represent diversity in the arts and specifically with musicians in mind, the accessories and masks are suited for anyone who wants to enhance an outfit with a dash of color. The result is Classical Edition, a sublabel I created for Handmade Story by Barbara Alli.

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Classical Edition

Handmade Story

 

Lena Fankhauser