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Stefan Schwarzenberger

The Next Step, Austria
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Stefan Schwarzenberger was born in Innsbruck, Tirol. 

He graduated from the Konservatorium Innsbruck in 1996 under Norbert Rabanser and Mag. Gunnar Fras, in 2001 he studied at Drummers Collective in New York.

Currently, Stefan is the Artistic Director of the Percussionfestival Telfs, leader of the next step percussion group , leader of Panergy steelorchestra, drummer of the rock band Pusher and in the board of Percussion Creative.

As a student he played in diverse youth orchestras like Junge Philharmonie Österreich, Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, European Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also worked with  Salzburger Festspiele, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg,

Tiroler Sinfonieorchester, Wiener Sinfonieorchester, Kammerorchester Litauen, Rigas Kammermuziki, Windkraft Tirol, Vienna Brass, Franui, Estonian radio choir,

Andrea Bocelli, Marcello Viotti, Dennis Russel Davies, Kroumata, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtag, Georg Friedrich Haas, DJ Spooky, Jarrod Cagwin, Wolfgang Mitterer.

He is teaching at Musikschule Telfs, composing for young percussion ensembles and gives workshops all over Austria.

The next step won "Artist of the Year 2007“ – Austrian broadcast company.

Stefan was honored with the "Arthur Haidl Price“ of Innsbruck in the same year.