Thomas Gansch

Thomas Gansch was born on December 31st 1975 in St Pölten, Lower Austria. He was raised in Melk, where he first learned to play the trumpet from his father Johann Gansch. In his attempt to follow the footsteps of his half brother Hans, who, at the time, occupied the solo trumpet chair in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he studied classical trumpet in Vienna for 6 years with two different teachers. After having subbed in all opera houses, classical orchestras and contemporary ensembles in Vienna, he came to the most important conclusion in 1997: To do his own thing. He dropped out of music university and went on to become a freelance player with "Mnozil Brass“, which he founded in 1992 and „Gansch and Roses“ in 2000 and is a regular composer for these bands. Gansch also was a member of the famous „Vienna Art Orchestra“ for eight years. Together with Austrian manufacturer Schagerl, he designed a special rotary trumpet called the „Ganschhorn“ and a Flugelhorn of the same kind called „Killer Queen“.

Leonhard Paul

Leonhard Paul was born on April 16, 1967 in Vienna. From 1986 to 1990 he studied instrumental pedagogy and trombone at the University of Music Vienna (mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), graduating with honors in 1990. In the years 1989-1993 he continued to study trombone concert at the university, in 1993 he passed the first diploma exam with honors. From 1990 to 1994 he studied jazz trombone at the Vienna Conservatory with Erich Kleinschuster, which he also graduated with honors. Since 1992, Leonhard Paul has taught at music schools in Mürzzuschlag and Tulln. Since 2005, Paul has been a teacher of chamber music for brass, baroque trombone and popular music - trombone at the Vienna University of Music (mdw), where in 2019 he took over the directorate of the Joseph Haydn Institute - chamber and new music at the Vienna University of Music (mdw). . Among other things, Leonhard Paul holds the honors of the musicians of the city of Kusel in Germany. As a baroque trombone player, Leonhard Paul is a member of the "Concentus Musicus Wien" and "Tonus" ensembles. As a composer and arranger of stage music, he worked in the production of "Der Zerrissene" at the Burgtheater in Vienna. In addition, he plays in the "Salon Alhambra" and the ensemble "Die Eiserne Zeit". Leonhard Paul is a member of the "Mnozil Brass" group, which he founded in 1992 with his colleagues. With "Mnozil Brass" he performs as an arranger, trombonist and bass trumpet player in renowned concert halls practically all over the world, in addition to the USA, Japan, the whole of Europe and others, he has also given concerts at the Rudolfinum in Prague. Leonhard Paul plays in the ensemble "Schlagertherapie", since 2015 he has performed with his colleagues Albert Wieder and Thomas Gansch in the trio "Wieder / Gansch / Paul".

Albert Wieder

Albert Wieder first learned to play the tuba from his father, who was a trombonist. At the age of 14 he was accepted into the class of Josef Maierhofer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, branch Oberschützen. At this time he was already giving solo concerts under Yehudi Menuhin and with the Graz University Orchestra Oberschützen. Then he began studying instrumental and vocal pedagogy and concert tuba there until 2007. From 2001 to 2003 he also studied tuba with Paul Halwax at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. In 2000, at the age of 19, he became tuba player in the stage orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and also founded the brass ensemble da Blechhauf'n. Since 2006, Wieder has been a member of the Vienna Trombone Ensemble. From 2015 to 2017 he also played the tuba with the group Mnozil Brass and was involved in their album Yes! Yes! Yes!. With two members of this ensemble - trumpeter Thomas Gansch and trombonist Leonhard Paul - he forms the trio "Wieder, Gansch & Paul", with which they were nominated at the Amadeus Awards 2020 in the Jazz/World/Blues category. In 2017 he also worked with the German trumpeter Christoph Moschberger. Albert Wieder has been a professor of tuba at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory of the Province of Burgenland in Eisenstadt since September 2012.

Marek Zvolánek

Marek Zvolanek was born in 1974 in Prague. He started playing trumpet at seven in the Music School of Prague and continued his studies at the Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Antonin Vaigl. He drew attention to himself early and often throughout his studies with his skill and early successes. He decided to expand his talent by studying with well know European luminaries such as Professor Hans Ganch of the Salzburg Mozarteum and Konradin Groth of the Berlin Music Academy.

At 18, Mr. Zvolanek joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which at that time was conducted by Václav Neumann. He repeatedly featured as a soloist on important stages and at internationally recognized events such as the Prague Spring, Smetana Litomysl, and Janacek May. He has performed with Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martin Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Talich Chamber Orchestra, NeueLausitzer Philharmonie and more. Since 2006 he has been a member of the prestigious Ten of the Best, which is comprised of ten world class trumpeters selected from across the globe. In 2004 he led a masterclass in Osaka, Japan. That same year Mr Zvolanek participated in the Christmas concert broadcast live by Euroradio Ebu.

He has been recorded on many albums. A few examples are Concerto Number 2 (1997) for the U.S. label Crystal records, and a CD (2002) which he made with the Prague Brass Soloists ensemble of which he had been a member since 1997. His solo activity is best represented by the disk Baroque Concert (2003), released on the classic label Bohemia Cube including Zvolanek’s performances of M. Haydn and F.X. Richter. To this day Baroque Concert remains Bohemia Cube’s best-selling album. A review at the time stated of Zvolanek’s performance "All this creates an almost perfect backdrop for an extraordinary listening experience even in a global comparison… I think with his Baroque Concerto CD, M. Zvolánek has a great chance to enhance musical awareness on an international scale" – Harmonie, January, 2007.

In 1998 he began to work with the Smecky music studio to record music for films, documentaries, and more recently computer games. Today, Mr. Zvolanek has contributed to the soundtracks and scores of around 250 films and TV series internationally. He regularly works with world renowned directors such as George Lucas, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Tom Cruise, Silvester Stallone, Rachel Portman, Elmer Bernstain, Carl Davis and many others. He is currently employed as solo trumpeter for Prague Symphony Orchestra.