Walter Fischbacher
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Pianist Walter Fischbacher is a multi-hyphenate artist based in New York City. Piano is his first discipline, and as a pianist Fischbacher has been busy touring the world. His most recent album titled “Moments” is his first solo effort in an illustrious career as band leader, sideman, and duo partner. 

Hailing from Austria, Mr. Fischbacher has been a New Yorker by choice since 1994. After classical and jazz piano studies in Vienna he decided that he needed to go deeper, to get to the source of jazz and relocated to New York. Years of touring with his trio Phishbacher and multiple CDs followed, most notably his debut as a leader “Chillin” (2003, Lofish Music), book-ended by his most celebrated CD “Dreamcatcher” (2014, Lofish Music). In 2000, Fischbacher added “recording studio owner” to his resume when he founded Lofish Studios together with his wife, jazz vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger. As a mixing and mastering engineer he grew an impressive client list that included artists such as renowned jazz pianist Michael Kanan, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, bassist Neal Miner, guitarist Greg Ruggerio, and jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan. The studio closed its doors in 2015 after 15 successful years in business. 

In recent years Fischbacher has mounted multiple tours as music director/pianist/sound engineer, presenting American jazz vocalists in Europe. 

His solo program is described as “simple melodies embedded in virtuoso piano playing, a collage of musical styles from classical music to jazz to funk” (press release). Walter Fischbacher's style and repertoire have matured throughout the decades, telling of a life lived in dedication to music, uncompromising and authentic, just like the man himself.


DE - Die 2014 erschienene CD "Dreamcatcher" (Jazzsick) des New Yorker Pianisten und Keyboarders Walter Fischbacher wurde international von der Fachpresse als "inspired" und von "hohem musikalischem Anspruch" bezeichnet. Fischbacher, der mit Jazzgrössen wie Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Ingrid Jensen, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Chico Freeman, Tim Lefebvre, Joel Rosenblatt und dem Vienna Art Orchestra gearbeitet hat, stammt ursprünglich aus Österreich. In Wien studierte er von 1985 - 90 Klassisches Piano und 1990 -'94 Jazzpiano und Komposition am Konservatorium der Stadt Wien. 1994 verlegte er seinen Wohnsitz nach New York, wo er neben seiner Arbeit als Musiker ein eigenes Tonstudio leitet und sein Bandprojekt “Phishbacher” vorantreibt. Walter Fischbacher bringt seinen enormen musikalischen Hintergrund, der sich vom klassischen Klavierrepertoire bis zur Musik von Jazz Größen wie Herbie Hancock und Chick Corea erstreckt, in sein Klavierspiel und seine Kompositionen ein.

FR - Depuis de son début le printemps passé, "Dreamcatcher" (Jazzsick), le plus récent CD du pianist new yorkais Walter Fischbacher est devenu internationalement avéré par la presse spécialisée comme "inspiré" et "super funky." Fischbacher, qui a travaillé avec musiciens comme Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Ingrid Jensen, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Chico Freeman, Tim Lefebvre, Joel Rosenblatt et le Vienna Art Orchestra, est originaire de l'Autriche. À Vienne, il a étudié piano classique de 1985 à 90 et piano jazz et la composition de 1990 - '94 au Conservatoire de musique de Vienne. En 1994, Fischbacher transféra sa résidence à New York, où il travaille actuellement comme musicien, posède et gère son propre studio d'enregistrement, et mène son groupe, “Phishbacher”. Walter Fischbacher apporte son vast expérience musicale que comprend le répertoire classique ainsi que la musique des géants du jazz piano comme Herbie Hancock et Chick Corea à la musique de Phishbacher avec son jeu et sa composition.