Paxos Festival

Florian Palier

The Austrian guitarist, Florian Palier, grew up in a family of musicians, discovering his passion and love for music at a very early age. He first studied with his father, Johann Palier, later with Macro Diaz Tamayo and finally, with Álvaro Pierri at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna where he graduated with distinction in 2015. As an interpreter, composer and improviser it is his special passion to combine different musical worlds – his biggest influences are Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu and Allan Holdsworth. ​

He is regularly invited to play concerts as a soloist and in various chamber music groups all around the world. He thrills the audiences with his performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez (p.e.  Luxemburg Phliharmonic), his solo program Poetry and Colours (consisting of music by Dowland, Berkeley, his own compositions and improvisations), and his program “Bach and I” (consisting of music by J.S. Bach, his own compositions and improvisations).

Florian Palier’s compositions are published by the Bergmann Edition and have received top critics. Dusan Bogdanovic wrote about his Sonatina: “your Sonatina (…) is very nice – it’s new and follows new paths. It’s harmonically and formally sophisticated. Congratulations!“

He is currently teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as assistant of Álvaro Pierri and at his own class at the Conservatory of Music in Graz. He is regularly invited to teach master classes at renowned institutions such as the Taipei National University and the Tokyo Conservatory; and at festivals such as the Guitar Art Festival (Belgrade).

Palier has won more than 20 first prizes at competitions in Austria and abroad, including the „Anna Amalia Competition“ in Weimar (Germany), the international Kutna Hora competition (Czech Republic) and the „Twents Guitar Festival“ in the Netherlands.

Concerts, radio and television recordings have taken him throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, USA, Japan, and Taiwan.