Bio

 

 

Florian Klinger was born in 1991 in Hollabrunn near Vienna, Austria. From 1997 until 2007 he studied with Leopold Wilfinger, Christian Grobauer and Manfred Radner at the local music school Hollabrunn and had his first musical experiences with the local wind orchestra.

 

He also received lessons in Tuba from his father Herbert Klinger, who is a well known Tuba player and conductor (orchestra of the Viennese police). Florian continues to play the tuba as a hobby.

 

In 2010 he graduated from the Musikgymnasium Vienna and since 2007 he has been studying classical percussion with Prof. Gerhard Windbacher (Principal Timpanist RSO Vienna) and Anton Mittermayr (Principal Timpanist Vienna Philharmonic) at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He also had lessons with David Friedman and Franck Tortiller on jazz vibraphone.

 

Since 2011 he is percussionist at the Vienna Volksopera.

 

Florian graduated in 2014 from JAM Music Lab University Vienna with a degree in jazz-vibraphone education. During his time at the university he studied with Paul Urbanek and Danny Grissett, and now teaches there as Austria’s first jazz- vibraphone teacher. 2016-2017 he studied with Stefon Harris in New York City and at the William Paterson University NJ with Kevin Norton, Bill Charlap, Aaron Goldberg, etc. Florian was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program 2017, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where he worked with Jason Moran, Carmen Lundy, Reuben Rodgers, Mark Shim, etc.

Florian has also played in orchestras, bands, and ensembles of different music styles with artists such as Benny Golson, Dick Hyman, Fabio Luisi, Bob Mintzer,

 Danny Grissett, Daniel Hope, Elina Garanca, Jose Carreras, Diana Damrau, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott, Christian Kolonovits, Thomas Gansch, Lylit, Mario Gonzi, Michael Wimberly, Georg Breinschmid, Matthias Schorn, Lorenz Raab, Sigrid Hauser, Vienna State Opera, RSO Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchester NÖ, Opernballorchester Vienna, and many more.

 

His career as a soloist has brought him to venues like the Konzerthaus Vienna, Porgy & Bess, Odeon Vienna, and many more concert venues all over the world.

 

In 2013 he founded the performance group “Louie’s Cage Percussion” with other aspiring percussionists, and the group is an up-and-coming ensemble in the international music scene.