Born in Vienna, Martin Gellner is a composer, arranger, conductor, and music producer.
Milestones: 2019 Conductor and arranger of the Starmus Festival Opening concert with Brian May, Hans Zimmer, Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman, Chris Hatfiled and the 21st Century Orchestra & Choir in Zurich. Conductor of the first film-music concert the renowned Mozarteum Orchestra & Choir performed at the Grosses Festpielhaus in Salzburg - “Best Of Hollywood “.
2018 conductor of the Max Steiner Award Gala for Hans Zimmer in the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. This concert was recorded for TV and is the official CD of the "The World of Hans Zimmer" tour, whose music supervisor Martin has been since 2017.
In 1987 Martin and his business partner Werner Stranka founded the successful music production company Beat4feet Productions, the record label Diversity Recordings, and Beat4Feet Publishing. The music of Beat4Feet was on the charts worldwide and awarded four gold records.
Martin has worked with diverse artists as Falco, Dave Stewart, Udo Lindenberg, Whoopie Goldberg, Scorpions, Ledisi, Ute Lemper, Adam Lambert, Cheyenne Jackson, Wolfgang Ambros, Jonas Kaufmann, Kristin Lewis, Natalia Ushakova, David Helfgott, and René Pape.
He orchestrated and arranged for renowned composers James Horner, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, Rick Wakeman, BrianMay, and Gabriel Yared.
In music theatre, Martin has been musical director, conductor, and arranger of numerous successful stage productions such as Kiss of the Spiderwomen, Joseph And The Amazing Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Fame, Footloose, Tommy, Aida, Besuch Der Alten Dame, The Wiz and Udo Lindenberg's "Hinterm Horizont”. With his creative partners, Werner Stranka and Kim Duddy, Martin wrote two award-winning musicals: "Carmen Cubana" and "Rockville", which have been translated into several languages and performed throughout Europe.
Martin works as a composer, conductor and orchestrator with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Orchester der Wiener Akademie, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Prague Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kaunas SymphonyOrchestra, the 21st Century Orchestra and Choir, Lithuanian State Choir, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Since 2013 Martin is the music supervisor and arranger of the "Hollywood in Vienna" concert series
Education & Trivia: Martin studied classical guitar, conducting and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he also got a degree in soundengineering and the Mozarteum university in Salzburg.
Martin lives with his wife Kim Duddy in Vienna and Minneapolis.
Lena Fankhauser is a violist born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has received both her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Julliard School in New York City. She moved to Austria for post- graduate studies with viola Professor Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and subsequently played with the Camerata Salzburg. Mrs. Fankhauser has toured worldwide, across numerous genres, and played in many halls including, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Royal Albert Hall in London.As a passionate chamber musician, Lena Fankhauser founded a Chamber Music Festival in Bad Ischl (KMF Bad Ischl)and anassociation for new chambermusic, (CH)AMBER. She has played in many festivals, including the Salzburger Festspiele, Carinthischen Sommer and the Donaufestival and in the orchestras of the Wiener Volksoper, Klangforum Wien and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2013 she is a member of the Koehne Quartet, specializing in contemporary music. Since 2017, she is present on the stage of the Burgtheater, most recently in “Die Bakchen.” She regularly performs with the Munich Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra.