ELIAS PRAXMARER is an Austrian organist, pianist, and composer. His musical interest is focused on everything from the earliest repertoires to the music of the high romantics, especially Max Reger, and to contemporary music.
He was taught piano, organ and composition at the universities in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich by the highly qualified teachers Bernhard Haas, Andreas Liebig, Michael Schöch, Sebastian Euler and Franz Baur.
Among others, he received further impulses and inspiration by taking lessons with Pieter van Dijk, Reinhard Jaud, Thomas Daniel Schlee and Wolfgang Zerer.
His artistic work is characterised equally by his performances as a music performer and artist and his compositions.
As a soloist he performs at various series of concerts and organ festivals, playing the important historical organs of Europe. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by renowned soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Since 2023 his work is being published by “Helbling Verlag”.
Elias Praxmarer has been awarded several scholarships and prizes, including the “Richard Wagner scholarship” and the „Hilde Zach Award of Composition” (Austria). Recently, he won the first prize of the Austrian Competition of up-coming composers in Tyrol (Austria) and was one of the finalists at the International Competition of the „Anton Bruckner-Haus“ in Linz as well as the “International Music Award” of Gasteig Munich.
In 2018 he became organist at “Stift Stams”, a well-known monastery with an ancient music tradition in Western Austria, and artistic director of the local organ festival. Since 2022 Elias Praxmarer is director of the “International Paul Hofhaimer-Organ Competition” in Innsbruck.