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Alois Eberl - Trombone (Austria)

The trombonist, accordionist and composer Alois Eberl was born in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1986, where he grew up surrounded by Austrian folk music and classical music. He started playing music together with his father and in the local marching band. At the age of 14, he continued his previous classical training in trombone and accordion at the Tyrolean Music Conservatory and there he discovered his passion for jazz and improvised music. In 2009 Alois completed his studies in Jazz Trombone and classical accordion at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. Further in 2012 he completed his second bachelor´s degree and in 2016 his master´s degree in classical trombone at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Among his instructors and mentors were Christian Radovan, Alfred Melichar, Dany Bonvin, Christoph Cech, Dejan Pecenko, Dave Taylor (Workshop) and Elliot Mason (New York City visit). With Sinfonia de Carnaval, Alois Eberl presents together with Anna Lang a further highlight to their extensive and diversified programme. They were nominated for the BAWAG P.S.K. Next Generation Award 2015 and were chosen as one of the five best bands in the Jazz Category for the “New Austrian Sound of Music Programm 2018/19” by the Austrian Federal Ministry and Sinfonia De Carnaval are one of the seven selected austrian Bands for “FOCUS ACTS 2019” – The international springboard and top funding of the Federal Chancellery. Sinfonia De Carnaval are guests in Switzerland, England, Iran, Kasachstan, Tajikistan, Croatia, France, Israel, Palestine and Germany. Alois Eberl performed in international venues like Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Wien, Domplatz Salzburg, Music Theatre Linz, Brucknerhaus, Porgy&Bess Wien, B-Flat Berlin, ACF Teheran, ACF London, Saalfelden Jazzfestival, Burghausen Jazzfestival, Jazzcafé London, Cathedral of Reims, Jazzit Salzburg, Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic. Besides Sinfonia de Carnaval he also did musical collaborations together with Ray Anderson, James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, Michel Camilo, Wycliffe Gordon, Chuck Findley, Manu Delago, Dave Taylor, Gary Smulyan, Dave Liebman, Thomas Gansch, Martin Grubinger, just to name a few.

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Anna Lang - Piano and Cello (Austria)

Born in Salzburg, Anna Lang grew up in a family of artists in Upper Austria on Lake Traunsee. At the age of 15 she began her musical studies and is a graduate of the University Mozarteum in Salzburg (Piano Pedagogy), the Music University of Vienna (Master of Arts in Cello) and the Anton Bruckner Private University (Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Jazz and Improvisation). Among her instructors were Prof. Tobias Kühne (Cello) and Andy Schreiber (Improvisation).

Anna Lang is a free-lance musician, performing with the cello and piano, composer and is a instrumental educator in Vienna and Upper Austria.

She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, radio productions on Ö1/”On Stage” or WDR, engagements as a composer and musical interpreter in productions at the new Linz Music Theatre. Additionally, Anna Lang has performed in concert evenings at internationally renowned stages.

Anna Lang’s compositions may be heard on “The Dancing Gams” and “Mondgeister” with Pianofortebrass, on “La Folía – Lärmende Lustbarkeit” with the WoodAirQuartet and on “Figuras de baíle” with Sinfonia De Cranaval. Furthermore, the Pianofortebrass Chamberjazzquartet and the WoodAirQuartet  has been selected as an ensemble of the Jeunesse Österreich.

With Sinfonia De Carnaval, Anna Lang presents together with Alois Eberl a further highlight to their extensive and diversified programme. They were nominated for the BAWAG P.S.K. Next Generation Award 2015 and were chosen as one of the five best bands in the Jazz Category for the “New Austrian Sound of Music Programm 2018/19” by the Austrian Federal Ministry and Sinfonia De Carnaval are one of the seven selected austrian Bands for “FOCUS ACTS 2019” – The international springboard and top funding of the Federal Chancellery. Sinfonia De Carnaval are guests in Switzerland, England, Iran, Kasachstan, Tajikistan, Croatia, France, Israel, Palestine and Germany.

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Kostas Siskos - French Horn (Greece)

He was born in Corfu. He studied in Athens, first at the Raymondi Conservatory and then at the Orfeio of Athens, where he received his diploma in 1994, with Spiros Kessaris and Vangelis Skouras as professors. In 2000, he was admitted to the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz for postgraduate studies with Hector McDonald, where, apart from modern French horn, he studied the Vienna and the natural horn. As a soloist, he has collaborated in Greece with the Chamber Orchestra of the Greek National Opera, the Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestra of Patras, the Camerata – Friends of Music Orchestra and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in works by Haydn, Mozart, Hübler, Antoniou and C. Hatzis, and in Austria with the Orchestra of the Graz University in the Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 by R. Strauss. He has collaborated in Greece with the Greek National Opera, Camerata, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Patras, in Austria with Vienna Symphony, Concentus Musicus and Wiener Konzertverein, in Constantinople with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Borusan, in the Czech Republic with the Orchestra of the Prague State Opera, under the direction of internationally-renowned masters such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, Ádám Fischer, etc.

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Maria Fotia - French Horn . Piano (Greece)

Maria Fotia was born in Athens and at the age of 7 had her first piano lessons. She went on to continue studying the piano and in 2001 she gave the Diploma exams at Diethnes Odeion of Athens under Eirini Karatza. A few years before concluding her studies in the piano, in 1997, she began playing the French horn, as a tribute to her great grandfather, who was also a horn player. She concluded her studies in 2005 with Kostas Siskos at Diethnes Odeion of Athens and of course went on to attend masterclasses like those of Hector McDonald, Hermann Baumann, etc. Throughout the years Mrs.Fotia has joined, choirs, marching bands, played in all Greek Orchestras (Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, National Opera Orchestra, Athens Municipality Orchestra, Athens Phirharmonic, Academica, etc) with both the modern and the natural horn (Armonia Atenea), played as a soloist (Friedrich Witt concerto per due corni principali in F with Kostas Siskos and the Athens State Orchestra) but has never forgotten that her roots have always been in the piano. That is why in every possible opportunity she gets, she plays the piano, preferably with friends, or people close to her and music.

Betim Krasniqi - Trombone (Kosovo)

Born in Prishtina – Kosova. Since 2002 Principal Trombone at the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, Wind Orchestra of the Kosovo Security Forces – KSF and first trombone in the BIG BAND Radio Television of Kosova. Professor of Trombone and Chamber Music at the University of Prishtina – Faculty of Arts. He has performed as a soloist, member of chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, England, USA. Founder of Brass ensembles in Kosovo, Trombone Quartet and Trombone Ensemble, Prishtina Brass Quintet, Kosova Brass Orchestra and the International Kosova Brass Festival.

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