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The Austrian multi-percussionist David Christopher Panzl was born in Salzburg and began his percussion training at the age of four under Martin Grubinger. He performed his first solo concerto at the age of 13 together with the Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall. During his school-days, he traveled New York several times in order to study original jazz. In New York, he came into contact with Gene Jackson, Jamey Haddad, Jim Black, Jeff Hirshfield und Justin DiCioccio. In his home town, he continued his studies with Charly Antoliny and Andreas Steiner, a member of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.
Thereafter Panzl moved to Vienna to complete his studies as a concert percussionist at the Conservatory of Vienna Private University under Professor Josef Gumpinger, where he received his bachelor’s degree with top honors in 2010; he further completed his Master of Arts with top honours in 2013 under Anton Mittermayr. Lastly, he studied Marimba in Tokyo at the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Keiko Abe.
He is currently the lecturer for concert percussion at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Varied concert activities developed with orchestras such as the RSO Vienna, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
As a soloist David Christopher Panzl has performed at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Seoul Art Center, the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the opening festivities of the Salzburg Festival. He has collaborated with exceptional artists such as Keiko Abe, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Jeff Queen, Tim Collins and HK Gruber. In addition, he has performed with the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra Salzburg and the German Chamber-Orchestra Berlin. He has played world premieres of the composers Keiko Abe, Shih, Johannes Motschmann, Jorge Sanches Jiong and J. Peter Koene.
David C. Panzl judges in International Competitions and leads master classes worldwide.
He appears under Paraty Records (Harmonia Mundi) and Edel Records Germany
Night Club 1960, Astor Piazzolla / Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, saxophone / David Panzl, percussion
Johannes Motschmann Trio: Headland | NDR Kultur Neo
JJ1 Bruno Hartl