Born 1946 in Klagenfurt.
Grew up in Bleiburg (Southern Carinthia) in a musical environment. Later student of the "Realgymnasium" and the Conservatory Klagenfurt, where he studied piano and harmony
Autodidact on the saxophone, the bass and the accordion, playing folk- and dance music and singing in a choir were among his first musical activities.

Miklin mit Alt

1964 - 70

University Graz
Studies in German Philology and History (Mag.phil)

1966 - 70


Student of Jazz-Saxophone at the Academy of Music (Musikhochschule) in Graz (continued in 1973-75), Diploma with highest honors, winner of the "Würdigungspreis" from the Austrian Ministry of Science

1970 - 73
on tour with "Los Argentinos", an Argentinean Show-, Dance- and Jazz group, "learning by doing"
1975 Lectureship at the Jazz department of the "Musikhochschule" Graz


Founds the Karlheinz Miklin Trio with Ewald Oberleitner (b) and Brüning von Alten (d), one of the first Saxophone-trios without chord instrument of the time.
So far nine LP/CD, appearances on all continents except Australia (-> for more see Karlheinz Miklin Trio)


Head of the Jazz department (until 2000), Professor for "Saxophone - Jazz "(O.Univ.Prof.)
Elected Austrian jazz musician of the year ("Jazz Live"- Poll) (again 1984)

TV Festival All Stars Zagreb together with John Lewis, Benny Bailey, Ernie Wilkins...
First Tour with the "Trio Argentina", later extended to the "Quinteto Argentina"
Tours regularly in Europe and South America, so far ten LP/CD/DVD
(->for more see Quinteto Argentina)


TV Jazz Oratorio "The Holy Grail of Jazz and Joy" by George Gruntz, Soloist along side Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson...

Started appearances as band leader with musicians like Albert Mangelsdorff, Art Farmer, Enrico Rava, Horace Parlan, Mel Lewis, Kenny Washington, Barre Phillips, Chuck Israels...and singers like Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey, Michele Hendricks...
Initiator and director of the concert series "Graz Meeting" (until 2002), bringing together international guests with students and teachers of the Jazz Department Graz in over a hundred concerts
Founding of the "Karlheinz Miklin Quartet" with Harry Pepl (g), Ron Mc Clure (b), Billy Hart (d); from 1989 on with Fritz Pauer (p) and occasionally Victor Lewis or Adam Nussbaum (d)
So far three CD ´s, (->for more see Miklin-McClure-Hart)


Film Music "Fegefeuer/Purgatory"


Since then "Associate Jazz Artist" at the Royal Academy, London
Initiator and Artistic Director of the Festival "Graz Meeting" (resigns 1998 because of politico-cultural reasons)

"20 years of Karlheinz Miklin Trio"
tours in USA - Mexico, South Africa, there invited to
Festival All Stars with Herbie Mann... "Standard Bank Jazz Festival" Grahamstown

Karlheinz Miklin - Ron McClure - Billy Hart, so far two CD ´s (-> for more see Miklin-McClure-Hart)
"Großer Josef Krainer Preis" (cultural award of Steiermark/Styria)

2003 Elected President of IASJ (Int. Ass. of School of Jazz) based in The Hague
"25 years of Karlheinz Miklin Trio" tour in Cuba, festivals in Italy, Slovakia, Serbia
2004 Vice-chairman advisory board EYJO (European Youth Jazz Orchestra) based in Copenhagen
"20 years of Qunteto Argentina" CD/DVD "ANIVERSARIO/Sketches of Illyro-Argentina"
2007 "Bundes-Ehrenzeichen der Republik Österreich" - Cultural award of the republic Austria
"Visitante ilustre" - special award of the municipalities of Mar del Plata and
Esteban Eccheverria (Argentina)
2008 "30 years of Karlheinz Miklin Trio" CD "family affair" - Radiorecordings Germany (SR, SWR) and
Poland (PR), Festival Moscow...
Artistic Director IASJ Jazz Meeting Riga
Tours to Brazil and Argentina
2009 "Karl-Boehm-Interpretationspreis des Landes Steiermark"
(Music award of Steiermark/Styria as the first not "classical" musician)
CD "ONDA ALPIN" Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina - "CD of the month" ORF - Austrian TV
First Solo album "Karlheinz Miklin Solo in der Münzgrabenkirche"
First tour Miklin - Kaenzig - Hart
Composer and musical director "Jura Soyfer - Auf uns komm es an", dance theater under the
direction of Hans Kresnik
2010 Trio tours in Belarus, Venezuela, Brazil, Quinteto Argentina tours in Argentina and Europe
2011 CD "Cymbal Symbols" MIKLIN - KAENZIG - HART, extended presentation tour
"Grosses Goldenes Ehrenzeichen des Landes Steiermark" (Grand golden order of the state Styria) -
second highest possible order of Steiermark/Styria

Performed with his own groups at festivals such as: "Umbria Jazz" Perugia, "Belga Jazz" Brussels, "Mostra de Jazz Europeu" Barcelona, "Festa delle musiche d´Europa" Rome, "Euro Jazz" Athens, "Jazz goes Europe" Munich, "Porsche Jazz Festival" Padova, Leeds, "Jazz Peak" Sofia, "Jazz Jamboree" Warsaw, "Jazz at the Hermitage Garden" Moscow, "Jazz under the castle" Trencin (Slovakia), Miskolc (Hungary), "Festival Dom Omladine" Belgrade, "Jazz Fair" Zagreb, Istanbul, Malta, Kiev, "JVC Jazz Festival" New York (Co-Leader), "Yatra Jazz Festival" Bombay and New Delhi, "Standard Bank Jazz Festival" Grahamstown (South Africa), "Tabarka Jazz Festival"(Tunisia), "Patagonia Jazz Festival" (Argentina), "Cachagua Jazz Festival" (Chile), "Jazzfest Wien", "Jazzherbst Salzburg", Wiesen, Saalfelden, Raab, Leibnitz, "Bregenzer Festspiele", "Steirischer Herbst"...

...and in venues such as: "Blues Alley" Washington, "Ryles" Boston, "100 Club" London, "Band on the wall" Manchester, "Domicile" Munich, "Palmengarten" Frankfurt, "Bim Huis" Amsterdam, "De Weerf" Bruges, "St.Louis" Rome, "Cafe Central" Madrid, "Hot Clube de Portugal" Lisbon, "Cankarjev Dom" Ljubljana, "BP Club" Zagreb, "Agartha" Prag, "Juttutuppa" Helsinki, "LIIZE" Riga, "Von Krahl baari" Tallinn, "Art Club 44" Kiev, "Union of Composers Club" Moscow, "Veteranes Palace" Minsk, "Notorius" Buenos Aires, "AO VIVO" Sao Paulo, "San Ildefonso" Mexico City, "Casa del Artista" Caracas, "Carlos Brussa" Montevideo, "Perseguidor" Santiago de Chile, "La Zorra y el Cuervo" Havanna...

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