Matthias Pichler, born 1981, studied classical double bass at the Conservatory in Innsbruck, and jazz bass at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. He received the Hans-Koller Award in 2004, which included a travel grant for a New York residence where he took lessons with John Patitucci, Larry Grenadier and Marc Johnson. In 2006, he gained the Hans-Koller Award in the category “Sideman of the year”, and was also nominated for the HK "Newcomer" Award the same year. In 2010, he won the first prize in the Jazz Competition of the international Double Bass Congress "Bass2010" in Berlin.
In 2014 and 2015 he was finalist of the New German Jazz Award. Matthias was a member of the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio for 8 years, and played with many more internationally renowned musicians. Concerts with these artists brought him to over 30 countries all over the world. Matthias spent the last 3 years living in New York City and just moved back to Berlin. He is part of various formations with a broad range of musical styles.
At the moment Matthias is teaching at the wonderful Muho-Mannheim (Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts). It's an inspiring place with great teachers and students!