Thomas Hechenberger

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


  • Artistic Diploma in Jazz Guitar with Christian Havel at the Vienna Conservatory (awarded Diploma with distinction) 
  • Studies in journalism/musicology at the University Vienna (awarded with distinction)  
  • Has partaken in various workshops including with Christian Muthspiel and Harri Stojka among others 

Work Experience

  • Thomas Hechenberger is one of the most sought after studio and live guitarists in Austria. Furthermore, he also works as a composer, songwriter and arranger. 
  • Collaborations with:
  • Olly Murs, Mat Bianco, Camo and Krooked, Christina Stürmer, Waldeck, JoyMalcolm, Erwin Kiennast (Kiddy Contest, Filmmusik Universum, Auftragskompositionen), The Horny Funk Brothers, Hubert Tubbs, Betty Semper, Lana Gordon, Christiana Uikiza, Dorretta Carter, Carl Avory, Stella Jones, Felix Bandit, Plexis Solaire, Caroline Vasicek, The Rats are back, Leelah Sky, Celina Ann, Tini Kainrath, The Rounder Girls, Lynne Kieran, Coup de Bam feat. Cloud Tissa & Madita, Grooveheadz Orchestra, Zeebee, Aromabar, Boris Bukowski, Ostbahn Kurti, Anik Kadinski, Andy Baum, Eric Papailaya, Adi Hirschal, Billy Gibson, Big Jay Mc. Neely, Hans Thessink, Andy Lee Lang, Freddie Bell, 5 in Love, Harri Stojka, Johannes Sumpich, Peter Dürr, Karin Kienberger, Wolfgang Lindner Band (Al Bano Carrisi, Claudia Jung, Tony Marshall, Semino Rossi), Uwe Kröger, Pia Douwes, Alexander Goebel among others… 
  • Musical productions in Vienna, Laibach, Trient, Klagenfurt (Time Out with Marianne Mendt & Alfons Haider, Finix, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fantomas, Aida, Camp Rock, Kiss me Kate, and various others) 
  • Theater productions: Einen Jux will er sich machen (Landestheater Niederösterreich St. Pölten, Wiener Neustadt), Romeo und Julia (Vienna Lustspielhaus) 
  • Since 2009: Guitarist at the Burgtheater Vienna (Struwwelpeter with Birgit Minnichmayr, Der Zauberer von Oz, Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind with Cornelius Obonya, Spatz und Engel with Maria Happel and Sona Mc. Donald (guest performance in Italy), In 80 Tagen um die Welt 
  • Promotion: various compositions, arrangements and jobs as a guitarist 

Discography (Abstract)

  • Waldeck : Gran Paradiso Camo and Krooked: Gravitas Leelah Sky: Second Life Zeebee: Be my sailor 5 in Love: Swing what you got Karin Kienberger: Wos is die Liad Maalo: Funk Fellows Anik Kadinski: Playful Grooveheadz: Haide haide hai! 

Teaching & Research

  • 2012 – 2016: Vienna Conservatory, Stiegergasse 15-17, 1150 Vienna, lecturer in Guitar in Popular Music, Didactics of Pop-Guitar, Songwriting, Songwriting und Arrangement. 
  • 2010 – 2012: BRG Ettenreichgasse, Ettenreichgasse 41 – 43, 1100 Vienna, guitar  
  • 1998 – 2000: Diploma Thesis (University of Vienna: Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna): About the Functionality of Music and its reception, tutor.