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Bertl Mayer

Head of Improvisation (Music)
Artistic Major(s): Harmonica, Improvisation


  • Music Theory and Study of Harmony at the Prayner Conservatory Vienna 
  • Instrumental Lessons: Bass and Saxophone  
  • Workshops with Michael Mantler and Enrico Rava 

Work Experience

  • Since 1978: Professional engagements playing the chromatic harmonica
  • 1988 - 1993: Collaboration with Karl Ratzer, concerts and performances in clubs in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary 
  • 1993: Founding member of the Alegre Corrêa Group, with 5 CDs produced
  • 1996: Jazzfestival Montreux 
  • 1998: Festival do Brasil in Sanary sur mer, France 
  • 1999: Brasil tour with Sinfonietta Porto Alegre 
  • 1999 - 2008: Guest soloist with the Vienna Art Orchestra, CDs include: All that Strauss 1 & 2 
  • 2001: Latin-Music Festival Milan 
  • 2002: Founding member of the ensemble Zur Eisernen Zeit, 2 CDs produced 
  • 2003: Jazzfest Vienna (Viennese Staatsoper), Brasil tour, concerts at the “Ruhr-Triennale” in Duisburg with Karl Hodina and Trude Mally 
  • 2004: Wiener Konzerthaus – Collaboration with Camerata Salzburg and Christian Muthspiel 
  • 2005: Concerts at the Staatsvertragsjubiläums with Joe Zawinul (Belvedere Palace, Vienna Konzerthaus) 
  • 2007: State Opera House Hannover (Milhaud Programme) 
  • 2008: Jazzfestival "9 Gates" Beijing 
  • 2010: Wiener Festwochen, Rathausplatz 
  • Concerts as a soloist or sideman with: Mark Murphy, Jazzorchestra Zagreb, Hallucination Company, Sandra Pires, Rebekka Bakken, Wolfgang Puschnig, Anna Lauvergnac, a.o.

Teaching & Research

  • JAM MUSIC LAB since 2012 


Publications and Achievements