Ingrid Schmoliner

The pianist and vocal artist Ingrid Schmoliner lives and works as a freelance musician, composer, curator and pedagogue in Vienna.

Starting even before and during her classical education at the Carinthian State Conservatory in Klagenfurth (AT) where she majored in piano, Ingrid Schmoliners music has been influenced by her interest in improvised, experimental and contemporary music.

Due to her manifold education and specialization in the fields of vocal training, overtone singing, jazz vocals and yodeling she was invited to sing as guest soloist at the opera in Graz (AT) in collaboration with the South-Tyrolean composer Hannes Kerschbaumer in the contemporary opera “BUIO”.

In the choir composition „MUATA ERDN“ for 8 choir groups, 3 conductors, percussion, und alto solo under the  direction of Franz Jochum the Styrian composer Denovaire wrote the alto solo for Ingrid Schmoliner.

Artistically she moves in the genres of new music, experimental-improvised music, avant-garde music, free jazz, folk fusion and folk music.

A further focus of her work is on the interdisciplinary collaboration with dancers, choreographers, and video artists.

Ingrid Schmoliner initiated projects such as:

+ Luíss together with the dancer_choreographer_video artist Riikka Theresa Innanen (FL)

and the musicians Elena Kakaliagou (GR), Matthias Erian (AT).

+ with the dancer_choreographer Enikö Buday (HU) and the film maker Sara Scerhalmi (HU)

+ the „Kollektiv –TARO“ together with the musicians Matthias Erian (AT), Martin Schönlieb (AT),

Joachim Badenhorst (BE); their CD „Flaechten“ was released 2009 under the Ostblock label

+ PARA- Trio together with the musicians Thomas Stempkowski (AT), Elena Kakaliagou (GR)

CD _release planned for 2012

+ Duo - bist biss together with the musician and composer Pia Palme (A)

+ Duo together with the musician Petr Vrba (CZ)

As a curator and co-founder:

_2010_ Festival „New-Adits“ an annual festival for contemporary music in Carinthia

_2011_ monthly concert series in the performance space Raum_4 presenting contemporary music in the chamber

_2010 „Association Flechtwerk“ Association for the promotion of art and communication

_2012 Association „Raum_4“ Association for the promotion of networks in the field of art.

Collaboration with the cinematography artists Michael und Natalie Zimmerman (USA) contributing the film music for the documentary movie „close the eyes“

2011 Starters grant from the State Ministry for Art and Culture

She concerted with musicians such as Don Robinson (USA), Xu Fengxia (CN), Clayton Thomas (AU), Thomas Berghammer (A), Marco Eneidi (USA), Susanna Gartmayer (A), Peter Kutin (A), Sophie Reyer (A), Iren Kepl (A), Pamela Kurstin (USA), Diego Mune (AR), Christian Rainer (A), Frantz Loriot (FR), Pascal Niggenkemper (GE), etc.

Photographs © by Elvira Faltermeier



Ingrid Schmoliner

is an Austrian pianist with prepared piano, singer with multiple techniques ranging from traditional Austrian Yodeling to opera, and arranger of events such as Raum_4 concerts and New Addits festival. She is based in Vienna, Austria and plays solo and with groups such as PARA. She released her album Watussi in 2013.

Link to Ingrid's Website


„...In every moment the audience is offered unexpected qualities of experience and enchantingly foreign acoustic signals which invite to attentive listening:

An excitingly lustful journey to often unknown musical horizons for non-judging and unprejudiced ears which nonetheless are always liable for our heads…“

                                                                Renald Deppe


„...(they) and Schmoliner are incredible listeners building with an uncanny precision on the other one's ideas.

These young musicians belong the new generation of artists that goes beyond form, delving deep into human emotions thanks to their broad and open-minded skills on their instruments, yet staying away from speed and shock effects, and staying away from cheap sentimentalism on the other end of the spectrum.“