Harald Oberlechner | © Elsa Okazaki

Harald Oberlechner

Harald Oberlechner (*1963 in St. Johann in Tyrol) studied zither with Peter Suitner at the Conservatory of the City of Innsbruck. He teaches zither at the Tyrolean State Conservatory as well as at the Mozarteum University (Department of Music Education Salzburg and Innsbruck). In addition to his teaching activities and performances in the field of folk music, he also takes numerous initiatives to establish the zither as a classical concert instrument. 
In appearances at various festivals and concert series, Harald Oberlechenr plays both classical and jazz as a soloist or together with musicians and ensembles. He has performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania with Isolde Jordan, Kristi Myhling, Peter Lefor, Brigitte Karg, Martin Senfter, Alice Okoh, Florian Bramböck, the Trio Unicum, the Ensemble Psalteria, the ensemble plus, the Tyrolean chamber orchestra InnStrumenti and the Austrian Ensemble for New Music.

He composed and arranged works from the fields of folk music, new music and jazz and transcribed early music for zither (including Bach, Byrd, Dowland, Milan, Sanz and Weiss). His world premieres include works by Günter Andrich, Eduard Giuliani, Vladimir Rosinskij, Manuela Kerer, Gunter Schneider, Franz Baur, Herbert Grassl and Regina Alfery.

He publishes regularly through his own publishing house "Psalteria - Musik für Zither".  He composed and recorded the music for several documentaries, including "Magic Easter", "Die Salzstraße", "1945 - nevertheless child", "Maria Stromberger - Kann do you still believe after Auschwitz?” He also released two CDs: “Zithermusig” (Duo Oberlechner-Jordan, 2000, Alpine folk music) and “Puzzle” (Trio Psalteria, 2002, new music).