A seven-Piece ensemble that redefines woodwind-band music. Utterly incredible skills meetthe necessary youthful and charming freshness in playing, musical arrangements.

© Maria Frodl

“Creativity, spontaneity and joy is high on the members of the brass-band ensemble Federspiel’s list of priorities. In 2005 seven young musicians, all students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna or rather Konservatorium Vienna, joined together to form the ensemble Federspiel. Folk music from Austria, neighbouring countries and beyond is the starting point for their concerts. The musicians work on the melodies, improvise over them and let them sound new in their very specific tone – always with a splash of humor and self-irony.” (A. Wolowiec) 

The group Federspiel was founded 2004 in Krems at the Danube. Crucial impulses came from Rudi Pietsch, who rehearsed from the beginning, especially arranged, for the cast, original folk music. Federspiels particular style is defined by the origins and backgrounds of each individual musician and creates the unique sound of the band. Due to this part of Federspiel`s music are therefore self-penned compositions with pop-elements as well as arrangements of traditional Mexican music or the zither as a solo instrument. Therefore their type or genre of music doesn’t exist as they are unable to be placed within the parameters of existing genres like “folk”, “world”, “traditional” music. So the style of the Ensembles is described best by it’s own name: Federspiel (feather game ).




Concert tours bring the ensemble to many European countries, Scandinavia, USA, and Canada at many of the world’s most renowned Festivals as well as concert halls such as the opening of Vienna Festival, Carinthian Summer Music Festival, The Woodstock Brass Music, Grafenegg Summer concert series, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Brucknerhaus Linz, Treibhaus Innsbruck, WOMAD Festival (UK), Alpentöne (CH), Davos Festival & Kongresszentrum (CH), KKL Luzern (CH), Theater casino Zug (CH), Internationales Donaufest Ulm (DE), TFF Rudolstadt (DE), the Prince Regent Theatre, Munich (DE),  Philharmonie Berlin (DE),  EXPO Milano (IT), Runkelsteiner Klangfeste (IT),  Suoni delle Dolomiti (IT),  Valley of Arts Festival (HU),  WOMEX Showcase (HU), Palace of Arts Budapest (HU), Gooikoorts Festival (BE),  Førde Festival (NOR), Kaustinen Festival (FIN), G-Festival (Färöer-Inseln / DK)

Media Profile

BBC radio 3 recorded the complete FEDERSPIEL- showcase concert at WOMEX 2015 and broadcast 20 mins plus interview to finish their two hour special WOMEX edition on “World on 3” (October 2015), Latest TV-appearance on Austrian SERVUS TV “Pixners BACKstage” (October 2015),  WDR/ Live radio broadcastof their appearance at TFF Rudolstadt (Germany), Ö1 / ORF Klassiktreffpunkt 2014,  Portrait of the group on 3-Sat at the broadcast "Kulturzeit" (November 2015),  FEDERSPIEL-Report on ORF at the broadcast “Kulturmontag”(Februar 2016),  Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) opening consert Live on ORF and 3-Sat,  Multiple appearances on Austrian and Bavarian TV and radio (ORF, BR, Servus TV)


  • German Record Critics Award - Winner of listed albums 1/2017 in the categories "Grenzgänge" and "Traditionelle ethnische Musik"
  • Album "Smaragd" CD OF THE MONTH December 2016 - BR Klassik U21
  • Winner of the EISENER EVERSTEINER 2016 - only Folk Music Award in Germany ("Folkherbst Plauen")
  • Winner of the AUSTRIAN WORLD MUSIC AWARD 2015 
  • Winner of the AUSTRIAN WORLD MUSIC audience AWARD 2011
  • Winner of the FREIBURGER LEITER 2015 / Kulturbörse Freiburg - Award for the best music performance voted by the audience
  • PASTICCIO ALBUM AWARD august 2012 by radio Ö1/ORF and daily newspaper DER STANDARD
  • Award of the German album reviewers - Nominated in listed albums 4/2012 in the category "folk"
  • Participants of THE NEW AUSTRIAN SOUND OF MUSIC, a support program by the Austrian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs, whereby the selected musicians, who are presenting the variety of what is Austrian culture abroad, get tour support.

© Maria Frodl

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