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Paul Urbanek

Univ.-Prof. for Piano (Faculty of Music)
Head of Institute for Keyboard Instruments (Faculty of Music)
Artistic Major(s): Piano, Composition and Music Theory, Improvisation

- on sabbatical leave - 

Artistic or pedagogical education

  • Autodidact Teacher Certification since 1986

Teaching & Research

  • Lecturer at the JAM MUSIC LAB Private University for Jazz and Popular Music & at the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (AMP) since 2013.
  • University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) - Lecturer since 1996, Senior Lecturer since 2002
  • MDW-Ipop : Pop&Jazz band project 01+02 (master ensemble), piano minor, 
  • computer practical course 2
  • MDW sound master department: "Keyboards 1-8
  • Various seminars (compulsory training) for the Lower Austrian
  • Music School Management on the topics: Jazz piano for classical teachers, recording, blues and funk.
  • Music seminars: Scheibbs, Viktring, Gleisdorf-each piano and ensemble


CDs with Gast-features

  • Alegre Correa Sextett feat. Hermeto Pasqual - “Negro Coracao” - piano,producer
  • Wolfgang Schalk Bandett feat. Michael Brecker-“The 2nd 3d man” - piano
  • S.F.Powerstation feat.Enrico Rava-“Voyeur,Voyeur” - piano
  • Wolfgang Puschnig „For the love of it“ -Mix, Master and Postproduction (feat.Mike Richmond,Marc Feldman,Bernarda Fink)


  • SAXOFOUR-“Adventcalendar“
  • WOLFGANG PUSCHNIG-“Visual Inflictions“
  • PATRICE HERAL-“Meine Wiener Schule“ (2-DVD-Box)


  • Concerts and festivals in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Brazil, South Korea, France, Lithuania, Poland...
  • Jazzfest Wien
  • Festival do Brasil (Sanary sur Mer-Frankreich)
  • B&W Music Festival in Montreux
  • Jazzfestival Ingolstadt
  • Montreux Music Festival
  • Jazzfestival Leverkusen
  • Florianopolis in Jazz (Brasilien)
  • Womad-Festival
  • Pomigliano Jazzestival
  • Wiener Konzerthaus (Neuer Saal, Mozartsaal, Großer Saal)
  • Jazzherbst Salzburg
  • Jazzfestival Vilnius
  • Clari-Arte

Founder of the record label " Skylarkproduction", with partners Wolfgang Puschnig and Patrice Heral. 12 CD releases since 2015

Further work experience

Worked as pianist/keyboardist and/or composer/arranger/producer for about 100 CDs with musicians such as: Wolfgang Puschnig, Hans Koller, Alegre Corea, Alexander Machacek, Izabel Padovani, Kim Dok Soo(samul nori), Maria Pia De Vito, Sainkho Namchylak, Linda Sharrock, Orchestre National Des Jazz, Jamalaadeen Tacuma, Ornette Coleman, David Murray, Simone Kopmajer, Terry Meyers

Prices, awards, miscellaneous 

  • Hans Koller Award 2001-CD of the year: "The Hans Koller Concept", following his Reverse Composing Method