Mag. art. Wolfgang Rainer
was born in 1977 in Innsbruck, Austria. After taking first musical steps on the piano he started to play the drums at the age of 13. He studied at the local music school and the Conservatory of Innsbruck. Besides his activities in classical orchestras and marching bands he also played in a rockband. After finishing Highschool he moved to Graz in 1999, where he applied at the University For Music And Performing Arts (KUG). In 2004 he was sent to the IASJ Meeting in Freiburg to represent the KUG. In 2005 he finished his studies summa cum laude. Therefore he received the principal’s appreciation award wich made it possible to progress his studies in the USA. In 2006/07 he lived, studied and worked in New York City for six months. He took lessons with Ari Hoenig, John Hollenbeck, Ian Froman and Guy Licata.
Besides his work as a sideman Wolfi Rainer appears as the leader of his electronically orientated band Cosmonique and the Wolfi Rainer Band. He performed at music festivals in Austria, Germany, Ex-Jugoslavia, the USA and Japan. At the moment he lives as freelance musician in Vienna. Amongst others he performed with:
Marc Abrams, Gail Anderson, Ray Anderson, Karin Bachner, Florian Bramböck, Gregor Bloeb Showband, Mino Cinelu, Concert Jazz Orchester Vienna, Stephan Costa, Ulrich Drechsler, Clemens Ebenbichler, Eddie Friel, George Garzone, Greentown Jazzband, Franz Hackl, Stefan Heckl, Roland Heinz, Loris Holland, Adam Holzman, Michael Hornek, Tone Jansa, Jazzwerkstatt Wien, Andre Jeanquartier, Katzenreich, Andreij Kitaev, Erich Kleinschuster, Andy Mckee, Harry Neuwirth, Martin Nitsch, Ewald Oberleitner, Richard Oesterreicher, Ed Partyka –Flip Philipp Dectet, Robert Bachner Big Band, Karl Ratzer, Snow Owl, Studio Percussion Graz, Armend Xhaferi,...