photo by Thomas Lieser



Vincent Pongracz is a clarinet player, composer and videographer born 1985 in Korneuburg, Austria. He is currently living and working in Vienna.





2005 high school diploma at (art oriented high school)

2009 and 2011 Impuls Masterclasses with Ernesto Molinari, Uli Fussenegger and Beat Furrer

2011 Composition Classes with Mathias Rüegg

2012 Erasmus exchange at the Academy of Music and Drama Gothenburg (

2013 Bachelor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna ( with Klaus Dickbauer 

2016 Master in Music Performance at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory Copenhagen (





2013 Start Stipendium (Federal Chancellery of Austria)

2014 SKE Publicity Price

2020 Staatsstipendium (Federal Chancellery of Austria)

2020 German Record Critics Award for “Pickedem” 

2022 Composition Scholarship Cultural Department City of Vienna

2022 Indie House Film Festival „Best Music Video“ for „Synesthetic4 – Tuuth“

2022 Matrix Film Festival „Best Music Video“ for „Synesthetic4 – Tuuth“

2022 Official Selection of Vagrant Film Festival „Synesthetic4 – Tuuth“

2023 Official Selection of Cannes Independent Film Festival „Synesthetic4 – Skipping (short film)“





26.03.2023 Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal // SYNESTHETIC OCTET 

29.12.2022 Porgy & Bess, Vienna // LEELAH

28.12.2022 Spielboden, Dornbirn // LEELAH

04.11.2022 Jazzfestival Berlin // SYNESTHETIC4

12.07.2022 Maribor // MASH

02.07.2022 Alto Adige Jazz Festival // SYNESTHETIC4 

01.07.2022 Schwere Reiter,  München // SYNESTHETIC4

14.05.2022 Gemischter Satz, Wiener Konzerthaus // SYNESTHETIC4

12.05.2022 Jazz Fest Trondheim // SYNESTHETIC4

16.03.2022 Wiener Konzerthaus, Klangforum // HY COTYL

14.03.2022 Porgy & Bess, Wien // SYNESTHETIC IVO

11.09.2021 Opus Jazz Club, Budapest // MASH

24.08.2021 Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Komposition "Hy Cotyl", Alpbach  // KLANGFORUM WIEN

29.04.2021 Jazzahead, Bremen // SYNESTHETIC4

07.10.2020  Porgy & Bess, Wien // SYNESTHETIC4

20.11.2019  Konzerthaus, Wien, CD RELEASE! // SYNESTHETIC4

31.10.2019  Vortex, London, UK //ROM / PONGRACZ

05.07.2019  JiGG, Lissabon // SYNESTHETIC4

03.07.2019  Sajeta Art & Music Festival, Tolmin // SYNESTHETIC4

19.06.2019  Ljubljana Jazz Festival // SYNESTHETIC4

27.04.2019  April Jazz, Espoo, Finnland // SYNESTHETIC4

08.02.2019  Budapest Music Center // SYNESTHETIC4 

29.11.2018  Harringtons, Kapstadt // SYNESTHETIC4

23.11.2018  Orbit Jazz Club, Johannesburg // SYNESTHETIC4 

25.08.2018  Jazz Festival Saalfelden // SYNESTHETIC4

02.03.2018  Jazzwerkstatt Bern // SYNESTHETIC4

01.11.2016  JazzLab, Hamburg // SYNESTHETIC4

27.10.2016  B-Flat, Berlin // SYNESTHETIC4

28.07.2016  Wellenklänge, Lunz am See // SYNESTHETIC OCTET

05.03.2014  Jazzwerkstatt Wien ZOOM! Festival // SYNESTHETIC OCTET

2011 / 2012 Porgy & Bess Stage Band





2023 Workshop about artistic development for the We:Create program of the Wellenklänge Festival

2019 „Music Creation“ workshop at Intertonale Scheibbs for 6 days

Artistic direction of the concert series Synesthetic Wednesday since 2018 at Rhiz Vienna






„Pongrácz is a young arranger and composer that must be taken seriously.

He fortunately also plays his instrument very well.“

(Mathias Rüegg)


" (The Synesthetic Octet is) kind of an All-Star-Ensemble

of the progressive young scene…”



„Lucky is the band leader that presents

such a mature debut!“

(Wiener Zeitung)


„...a truly extraordinary achievement of a

great arranger and composer. Chapeau!“



“…the great discovery of the Festival…”

(Tom Gsteiger, Der Bund, 03/2018)