Renate Hornstein

(born in 1982, in Vienna). She is the daughter of two classical musicians in Vienna in 1982. Through the constant presence of music at home-and thanks to her two mother tongues (English and German)-she was inspired early on to compose her first songs.
From the very beginning, the lyrics have  been just as important to her as the music itself. At the age of 12 she began her vocal training (with Kathy Sampson and  Kammersängerin Elfriede Höbarth). She also her expanded her vocal repertoire by attending pop and jazz workshops. Her first trio with Angelika Haas (piano) and Anna Rombach (cello) won the “Award 4 you” in 2000. Working as a duet with Thomas J.Lang (guitar), she played songs they had composed together and released her first album, which was presented at Vienna’s prominent jazz club porgy & Bess. Since 2006 she has worked in a quartet formation with Angelika Haas (piano), Lina Neuer (bass) and Rainer Deixler (drums). This group recorded the new album the very heart of things.
Works: Very heart of Things-once again with original songs/lyrics which appeared on the Extraplatte label in June 2008
Releases Orplid Skies with Thomas J. Lang (cd 2003);The very Heart of Things (cd 2008)

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Rita Hijmans

Rita Hijmans (1948, Netherlands) was raised in a musical family and taught to play oboe, flute and piano. She studied theory of education at Utrecht University and here she joined a cabaret group, called Patati Patata, for which she composed and arranged music. Together with this group she produced a record and subsequently made appearance in a television cabaret special. She participated in a mime and musical improvisations project led by a well-known mime artist, Rob van Rijn, and spent a year in the USA where she played the flute as a member of a Big Band. Later in life she decided to return to her 'roots' and studied music. She then focused on composition and took further lessons from Daan Manneke and Burkhardt Söll. She composes - usually when commissioned - for ensembles and orchestras varying in composition, size and performance level: works for youth orchestra, string orchestra, wind ensemble, wind quintet, string quartet, violin and piano, cello and piano, as well as setting poems to music, both for chorus and solo voice with instrumental accompaniment by bass clarinet and marimba.

Sabina Hank

(born in 1976, in Salzburg). At the age of five she began attending Salzburg’s Mozarteum, and she received instruction in classical piano there for 13 years. From 1994 to 1999 she pursued studies in jazz paino and voice at Anton Bruckner university in Linz. Since 1997 she has pursued an international career as a freelance singer, pianist and composer. She has appeared at international jazz festivals in Denmark, Morocco, Greece, France , Poland, Romania, the USA, Mexico, Turkey, Austria, Germany and elsewhere. Hank has worked together with Bob Mintzer, Benjamin Schmidt, Werner Pirchner, Maria Schneider,
 Wili Resetarits, Leander Haussmann and others. She has composed music for the theater (Schauspiel-hausBichum, Vienna Volkstheater, Salzburg Landestheater  (State Theater), film (orf/3 sat) and various jazz and classical ensembles.

The emphasis of her artistic work lies first and foremost in the linkage of so-called serious music and entertainment music, in tearing down the borders of musical categorization and in the melding of compositional and improvisatory elements. She has released seven CDS so far, and she has had a record contract with Universal Music since 2007.
Publications: inside/nah an mir, released in two languages (cd 2007) 
Live Projects: Abenlieder (with Willi Resetarits) inside/nah an mir. 
Performances: Der Talisman at the Vienna Volkstheater (directed by Michael Schottenberg, 2001)re-generation at Brucknerhaus linz (Sabina Hank orchestra, 2003), Violin Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and Solo Violin, composed for Benjamin Schmdit (in cooperation with the festival “MATTSEER Diabelli Sommer, 2008
Awards:  Kunst & Kulturforderpreis of the city of Salzburg 2004

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