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Martin Koller

Artistic Major(s): Guitar


  • Studies in Guitar at the Conservatory of Klagenfurt
  • Studies in Guitar at the Berklee College of Music, Diploma with Summa Cum Laude
  • Recipient of the William Leavitt Memorial Scholarship at the Berklee College Of Music, 1994

Work Experience 

  • Martin Koller is one of the internationally renowned guitarists in the field of modern jazz 
  • Performances at many international Jazz festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, London Jazzfestival and numerous others 
  • Two-time recipient of the Hans Koller Preis (Newcomer Of The Year '99 & CD Of The Year '99)
  • Collaboration (live and/or studio): Vienna Art Orchestra (from 2000 to 2008), Nils Petter Molvaer, Jojo Mayer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Will Calhoun, Roli Mosimann, Rebekka Bakken, Matt Garrison, George Garzone, Jamey Haddad, Tim Lefebvre, Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra (feat. Thomas Gansch), Markus Geiselhart Orchestra, Robyn Schulkovsky, Wolfgang Puschnig, Peter Herbert, Gerald Preinfalk, Johannes Barthelmes, Wolfgang Haffner, Bernie Mallinger, Dhafer Youssef, Delia Mayer and many more

Discography (Abstract)

  • Martin Koller’s Third Movement - Right Now (Traumton Records, "Best Album of the Year, Hans Koller Preis 1999)
  • Vienna Art Orchestra: Centenary Journey, Swing & Affairs, "3", Big Band Poesie
  • Nil Petter Molvaer - Remakes (Universal Records)
  • Wolfgang Haffner - Zooming (Skip Records)
  • Delia Mayer - These Days (Delox Records)

Teaching & Research

  • JAM MUSIC LAB since 2014
  • Lecturer at various jazz workshops domestically and abroad


Publications and Achievements