choirmaster, composer, singer
„a choir – probably the most beautiful instrument on earth.“
Aside from being a choirmaster, composer, and singer, Florian Maierl teaches at the Vienna Diocesan Conservatory for Church Music. Furthermore, he is precentor and organist at the Vienna Votivkirche as well as artistic assistant at the Wiener Singakademie.
Born in 1985 in Leoben, Florian received his first lessons in piano, organ, and choral conducting in Neuhofen/Krems from Welfhard Lauber. In 2003, he was awarded First Prize for composition at the ‘Prima la Musica’ competition in Upper Austria.
In 2003, Maierl took up his studies in Church Music at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts (Choral Conducting: Erwin Ortner and Ingrun Fußenegger; Composition: Wolfgang Sauseng). In 2006, he founded the mixed choir, coro siamo which he has directed in a series of successful concerts in Austria and abroad.
In 2008/09, a student mobility programme led Maierl to Helsinki, Finland, where he sought to refine his choral conducting skills with Matti Hyökki at the Sibelius Academy. Furthermore, he attended several master classes with renowned choirmasters such as Erwin Ortner, Johannes Prinz, Johannes Hiemetsberger, Volker Hempfling, Robert Sund, Jing Ling Tam and Veli-Markus Tapio. In 2010, Maierl graduated with honours – first performing his church opera “Ruut”.
Since 2009, Florian Maierl has been studying Voice and Vocal Pedagogy (Julia Bauer-Huppmann) at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts. As a singer, Maierl has been part oft various national and international ensembles, such as the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Chorus sine nomine, Vienna Chamber Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir and the World Youth Choir.
Compositions and settings by Maierl have been performed by the Vienna Chamber Choir, the Graz University Chamber Choir, the Upper Austria Youth Choir, and the LALÁ Ensemble. In March 2014, Maierl first performed his Mass for mixed choir a-cappella at the Vienna St. Stephen’s cathedral.