Photo by Eckhart Derschmidt

Werner Zangerle lives in Vienna and is active as a freelance musician, composer and educator. After his studies in Linz, which he completed with distinction in 2007, he moved to Vienna in 2009. During his studies, he spent a year in Berlin to broaden his artistic horizons.

For more than 20 years he has been active as a soloist but also as an ensemble member in formations ranging from duo to big band. Stylistically he spans a wide range: From contemporary jazz (Memplex, Little Rosies Kindergarten, Sweet & Lovely) to freely improvised and new music (singer zangerle, Wenzl Dnatek, Trio ZaVoCC) and performance to the use of electronics and effect devices, he feels very comfortable between the chairs.

As a composer and flexible musician he has made a name for himself with collaborations with writers such as Felix Mitterer (Der Patriot) and Bodo Hell and visual artists such as Götz Bury and Anton Thiel.

His concert activities have taken him to the USA, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Latvia and the Czech Republic. As a leader and sideman he can be heard on over 20 recordings.

In 2012 he founded the record label Listen Closely.
In 2013 he initiated the “hoerthoert – festival for listening culture”.

In 2016, he received the Startstipendium of the Bundeskanzleramt Austria.
In 2022 he received the Jahresstipendium für Musik of the province of Salzburg