Pianist and Composer Martin Reiter was born in Vienna in 1978. He spent his childhood in Upper Austria where he grew up with piano and saxophone lessons as the son of enthusiastic amateur musicians. In 1996, Reiter began studying jazz piano at first in Linz and a year later he switched to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
When Reiter was given an Austrian scholarship to study at a foreign college of art in 2001, he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag studying with Rob van Kreefeld. In 2002, Reiter received the “Austrian Young Lions“ award --- a prize for a talented young musician who would then be sent on a European tour. As a result, Reiter played in his early years at nine major jazz festivals including Montreux, Perugia, Pori, Molde, etc.
In the same year he was awarded the HANS KOLLER PRIZE in the category “NYC-Scholarship.“ Reiter flew to NYC, where he met musicians, went to sessions and took private lessons with prominent jazzers like Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth or Fred Hersch. All of the compositions on his debut album Chez es Saada sprung from this highly inspired period in NYC in 2003.
Back in Vienna, Reiter recorded his Debut-Album and 2005 stood entirely in the glow of the release of Chez es Saada --- the album attracted wide interest not only in Austria and opened some doors for Reiter. In the same year, he was awarded yet again the HANS KOLLER PRIZE, this time in the category Newcomer of the Year.
In 2006, he could finally conclude his music studies with a master degree and was then able to devote himself entirely to his activities as a freelance artist. Meanwhile the preparations for recording his new album Alma were in full swing. 2007 he finished the recordings and released his second album at Material Records, the label of well known guitar player Wolfgang Muthspiel. At the moment Reiter is touring with his new Band feat. Brazilian Singer Ana Paula da Silva and if he is not playing concerts then he devotes himself to his arranging and composing, as at the moment for the Austrian actress and singer Marianne Mendt, e.g.