Florian Klinger was born in 1991 in Hollabrunn near Vienna, Austria.
2007-2013 Florian was studying classical percussion with Prof. Gerhard Windbacher (RSO Vienna) and Anton Mittermayr (Vienna Philharmonic) at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He also had lessons with David Friedman and Franck Tortiller on jazz vibraphone.
In 2011 he was selected as a percussionist for the Volksopera Vienna.
Florian graduated in 2014 from the JAM Music Lab University Vienna with a degree in jazz-vibraphone education. During his time at the university he studied with Paul Urbanek and Danny Grissett, and now teaches there as Austria’s first jazz-vibraphone teacher. 2016-2017 he studied with Stefon Harris in New York City and at the William Paterson University NJ with Kevin Norton, Bill Charlap, Aaron Goldberg, etc. Florian was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program 2017, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where he worked with Jason Moran, Carmen Lundy, Reuben Rodgers, Mark Shim, etc.
Florian has also played in orchestras, bands, and ensembles of different music styles with artists such as Benny Golson, Dick Hyman, Fabio Luisi, Bob Mintzer, Danny Grissett, Daniel Hope, Elina Garanca, Jose Carreras, Diana Damrau, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott, Christian Kolonovits, Thomas Gansch, Lylit, Mario Gonzi, Michael Wimberly, Georg Breinschmid, Matthias Schorn, Lorenz Raab, Sigrid Hauser, RSO Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchester NÖ, Opernballorchester Vienna, and many more.
His career as a soloist has brought him to venues like the Konzerthaus Vienna, Porgy & Bess, Odeon Vienna, and many more concert venues all over the world.
In 2013 he founded the performance group “Louie’s Cage Percussion” with other aspiring percussionists, and the group is an up-and-coming ensemble in the international music scene.
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