Felix Pöchhacker

 

Felix Pöchhacker was born in Vienna in 1994. He started learning guitar at the age of five and was soon taken into the scholarship program for outstanding pupils of the Vienna Municipal Music Schools. At the age of 14 he won 3rd Prize in the International Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Gorizia, Italy. This was followed by a 3rd prize in the International Competition in Zruc, Czech Republic and 1st Prize in the Austrian Competition „Prima la musica“ both in 2012 and in 2013.

He has performed in venues like the MuTh Vienna, Liszt Akademie Budapest or the annual festival of the International Chopin Society in Gaming. Since 2015 he is holding the „Live Music Now“ scholarship of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Currently he is studying guitar with Michael Langer at the MUK (former Conservatory of Vienna). He attended masterclasses with Alvarro Pierri, Jorgos Panetsos or Walter Würdinger.

Pöchhacker is engaged in modern music as a composer and performer. He worked with composers like Mathias Kranebitter, Alessandro Baticci, Julian Gamisch, Alireza Toghyani, Florijan Lörnitzo or Timur Sijaric. In 2014 he wrote and produced the music for the play “Geister” by the Theatre Group “Junger Salon”. In 2015 he founded the Duo “Miley Cyrus” together with the media artist Arik Kofranek with whom he is producing and staging audiovisual performances. Furthermore he is working with the interdisciplinary performance group „501 Stars far away“ of composer Julian Gamisch who works with „Soundpainting“, a sign language to coordinate Improvisation.

Beyond the world of classical music, Felix Pöchhacker has also been active in the field of popular music. In 2011 his former band „Dinky-Di“ was among the top six finalists in the „International Live Award“ out of some 1000 contestants. In the same year the band also won Second Prize in the competition „podium.rock.pop“. In May 2015 he played in the Orchestra of the MUK at Vienna City Hall on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest.

He joined the black page orchestra in 2016.