Franz Hackl was born in Tyrol, Austria and at the age of eleven he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a trumpet soloist; he bFranz Hackl’s wide variety of expertise as trumpeter, composer, producer, clinician, and brass instrument maker ultimately defines him as an ever-evolving artist.
Franz grew up in the Tyrolean region of Austria and followed in his father’s footsteps as a featured trumpet soloist with traditional Austrian Brass bands. Besides being his first and most important trumpet teacher, his father also masterfully taught him how to make high-end brass instruments in their family business.
Franz is an alumnus of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna and received a Masters Degree in Jazz from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with trumpet legend Lew Soloff, and Lew was the reason Franz moved to New York City.
Franz leads or co-leads ensembles including his IDO Quartet, the Outreach Orchestra, the Brass Trio B3+ (with Dave Taylor on bass trombone and John Clark on french horn) and duo projects with the legendary percussionist Mino Cinelu & pianist Michael Wolff.
IDO means „dialect for everybody“, and combines Tyrolean Folk tunes, the music he grew up with, with the unifying and expanding language of Jazz.
1993 Franz established the internationally acclaimed OUTREACH Music Festival & Academy in his hometown of Schwaz in Austria. Outreach Music is a worldwide trendsetting festival & academy, which inspires musicians on all levels to expand their artistic visions. For more than 25 years now, this creative platform has given audiences and students the opportunity to witness what happens when critically acclaimed virtuosos work together with outstanding young talent in a new artistic context.
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