Franz Hautzinger was born in the Austrian province of Burgenland in 1963 and is a Viennese trumpeter, composer, and experimental musician. His work straddles various genres and is as much at home in jazz, improvisation, and electronics as it is in New Music, avant-garde, and world music. Hautzinger studied trumpet and composition in Graz and Vienna, and later developed his own unique technique for playing his instrument after suffering lip paralysis. He moved to Vienna in 1986 and soon found his place in the local jazz scene, playing with the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band and the Striped Roses Octet. In 1995, during a stay of several months in London, he established international contacts with such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, John Russell, and Steve Noble. Since 1989 Franz Hautzinger has held a teaching post for ensemble conducting, composition and arrangement at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. With his quarter-tone trumpet, he creates an entirely new sound language never heard before, defying all conventional musical notions.