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Markus Geiselhart

Artistic Major(s): Composition and Music Theory, Trombone


  • 1999 to 2004: Studied Jazz trombone at the University of Music in Würzburg
  • 2000 to 2004: Member of the Landesjugend-Jazzorchester Bayern
  • 2001 to 2003: member of the Bundesjugend-Jazzorchester (BuJazzO) lead by Peter Herbolzheimer

Work Experience

  • Has been living in Vienna as a freelance trombonist, composer, arranger and band leader since 2006
  • Own current projects as a band leader, composer, arranger: Markus Geiselhart Orchestra (MGO), Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra feat. Thomas Gansch
  • Own current projects as a trombonist: Markus Geiselhart Quintett, Markus Geiselhart Quartett - "The Beatles Project", Doris Windhager (voc) - Markus Geiselhart (tb) Duo, Simon Plötzeneder / Markus Geiselhart Quintett - The Music of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer, Alois Eberl / Markus Geiselhart Quintett - The Music of J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding
  • Collaborations, concert performances and projects with: Jiggs Whigham, Don Menza, Mathias Rüegg, Herbert Joos, Thomas Gansch, Peter Herbolzheimer, Jon Sass, Peter Tuscher, Trio ELF, Jazzwerkstatt Wien, Rainer Tempel Big Band, Summit Jazz Orchestra, BR Rundfunkorchester and numerous others
  • Participation with various TV and radio production companies: BR, SWR, WDR, NDR, ZDF, ORF, DRS
  • Compositions and arrangements for own ensembles as well as for the big band of the Volksoper Vienna as part of the the production HR Big Band feat. Jon Sass; others include Art of Brass Vienna, the Kufsteiner Operettensommer, the Teddy Ehrenreich Big Band, Carole Alston and many more

Teaching & Research

  • Since 2012: JAM MUSIC LAB
  • Since 2013: Teaching as a big band leader at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Institute for Popular Music
  • Lecturer at various Jazz and big band workshops, e.g. with the Landesjugend-Jazzorchester Bavaria 


Publications and Achievements