Monika Ciernia Sorondo

Composition and Music Theory (Jazz & Popular Music)/ Saxophone (Jazz & Popular Music)

- currently on maternity leave -

Artistic & Pedagogical Education

  • Currently: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: PhD Studies in the Development and Management of Music Schools
  • Media Composition, MDW Vienna:
  • IGP Popular Music, Saxophone, MDW Vienna:
  • Jazz Saxophone, Musikhochschule Munich: Diploma

Teaching Experience

  • Since 2016: JAM MUSIC LAB - Conservatory for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna
  • Since 2016: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: PhD Studies with research in culture management, title of Thesis: “Development and Management of Music Schools”
  • 2012-2016: Vienna Conservatory, department of Pop Music (Lecturer for songwriting, ear training, solfeggio and didactics)
  • 2005-2006: Music School Ohrwurm / Jazzschool, Munich (Saxophone teacher)

Concerts & Performances

  • Composition & arrangement for: Erwin Schrott (Orchestra, Munich 2016 Opernfestspiele) / Stefanie Werger & Wolfgang Ambros (Orchestra, City Hall 2013) / composition assistant to Christian Kolonovits (2013) / Hollywood in Vienna (Vienna, 2016) / Der Film Deines Lebens (Munich, 2010) / Marienhof - ARD Series (Germany, 2006-2010) / Abgebrannt (Short film, directed by Paul Ploberger, 2014) / ASO Orchestra Vienna (Vienna, 2013) / Nouvelle Cuisine BigBand (Vienna, 2013) / Trumpets in Concert (Austria, 2014-2015) / The Cat Pack (since 2015) / Melotronic (since 2013) / various concerts for chamber ensembles
  • Collaboration as saxophonist with artists including: Erwin Kiennast, Max Steiner Orchestra, Swedish House Mafia, Christian Elsässer, Gus Backus, Peter Kraus, Betty Semper, Stella Jones, Rita Movsesian, Don Menza, BR Radio Orchestra, Jay Ashby, Melinda Stoika, Melotronic, AlbertinaPassage Allstars, Lana Janjanin, Iris Camaa, Chiheb, DJ Ben Santo, Holter & Mogyoro, Chris Kisielewsky, Bella Wagner, Rudi Stäger, Hepi Kohlich, BandIt, Jimmy Kresic, and various others  
  • Own Projects: The Cat Pack (Jazz & Cabaret), Melotronic (Elektronic), Funky Ladies (Pop), Saxophisticated (Saxophone Quartett), Lana & Monika (Jazz & Soul), Chris Kisielewsky Quartett (Jazz), Gemini (Crossover), Rita Movsesian (World Music), Vivienne (Alternative), Sebastian Grandits & Band (Songwriter), Drums On Earth (World / Crossover), Teddy & die Lollipops (Rock’n’Roll)
  • Since 2015: CEO of the artists agency, ArtSonic
  • 2005-2006: Editor and author at the Bavarian radio station, Radio Bayern 4 Klassik
  • 2012: Assistant booker with NuCoast Entertainment for acts including Elton John, Bryan Adams, Il Divo, and numerous others


  • She’s Got My Love, Frank Bülow (Germany - 2016)
  • Get On The Phone, Melotronic (Austria - klangdichter, 2016)
  • Es kummt wia’s kummt, Sebastian Grandits Band (Austria - sumpich records, 2015)
  • Muzika, Marko Govorcin (Croatia - 2014)
  • Algerian Way, Chiheb (Algeria - edition dounia, 2014)
  • “Der Bleicheren Nachtlied”, from: Konzert des ASO Wien (Austria - 2013)
  • Orange, Chris Kisielewsky Quartett (Austria - home base records, 2013)
  • Der Film Deines Lebens - Soundtrack (Germany - klangdichter, 2010)
  • Aber wie kann man sich küssen, Teddy und die Lollipops (Germany - artists and acts, 2006)
  • PhD Thesis, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (since 2016)
  • Die dreisten Drei - Trio fort wo trumpets and trombone - Publisher Doblinger (2017)
  • Jazz in the Context of Orchestration – Research of selected work from Bert Boris, Daniel Schnyder and John Williams (2014)
  • Elements and Influences of Polish Folk Music in Frederic Chopin’s Works (2003)
  • Dramaturgy and Instrumentation in Film Music, Using Examples of John William's Music from the Harry Potter Films Series (2009)