On the piano we find a man who is one of the most important musicians in the Austrian jazz scene. Fritz Pauer’s career includes the ORF (Austrian Radio) Big Band, Friedrich Gulda, Art Farmer Quintet, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Booker Little, Lee Konitz etc., as well as his own trio. Recent projects include: Bass Encounters, Sheila Cooper/Fritz Pauer Duo, and the Apollon String Quartet. He is also a well known composer and arranger.
Awards: International Competition for Modern Jazz, First Prize Jazz Piano (1966). Goldenes Verdienstzeichen der Republik Österreich. Hans Koller Prize nomination 2004/05.
Mr. Pauer teaches at the University School of Music in Graz.


T. Howard Curtis has been enjoying a multifaceted career as a jazz drummer, multiple percussionist and educator for over twenty five years. He has performed or recorded with many famous jazz artists including John Abercrombie, Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Dave Liebman, Ellis Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Murphy, Andrew White, to name just a few.
Howard Curtis’ international teaching / master classes / clinics: College of William and Mary, University of Richmond, Virginia, Peabody Institute for Music, John Hopkins University, Swiss Jazz School Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Curtis currently serves as Professor of Jazz Drums at the University of Music Graz, Austria.


Kathron Sturrock was twice the winner for the best pianist at the Sofia International Opera Competition. Following these awards she was invited to work for several years with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in her Master Classes throughout Europe. She is a founder member and Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble “The Fibonacci Sequence” and records frequently for BBC Radio 3. As a soloist she has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, making her Proms debut in 1994 and has recorded CDs for Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick, Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz, Guild, Deux-Elles and Hyperion records. She is professor at the Royal College of Music, London since 2004.


Matthias Gerstner studied Piano and Organ at the Augsburg Leopold Mozart Conservatory. He continued his studies with Prof. Michael Keller at the University for Music in Detmold, where he extended his musical development and graduated with honours in 1993. Matthias Gerstner has broad experience in the entire piano solo-repertoire, but concentrates on chamber music and piano accompaniment. He has performed within this field since 1995 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and is highly regarded for his knowledge of the Double Bass repertoire.