Born on March 11, 1963 in Seewinkel, Burgenland, a Hannibal Marvin Peterson concert at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf was the young trumpeter’s “awakening experience”. He studied at the Jazz department of today’s Art University in Graz from 1981 to 1983 until lip palsy forced him to take a six-year total break from trumpeting. After moving to Vienna in 1986 he started to explore the trumpet in his very own and un-academic way in 1989. He became attached to the circles around Christoph Cech and Christian Mühlbacher, played in the big band Nouvelle Cuisine and the octet Striped Roses; the CD Zong of se Boboolink, which he recorded with saxophonist Helge Hinteregger and which was influenced by sampler collages, was the first personal CD statement. His ten-month stay in London provided new ideas and contacts, amongst others Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, John Russel, and Steve Noble. Hautzinger assimilated the stimuli in very different ways: in Regenorchester (Rain Orchestra) with its changing instrumentation, in the quartet with Helge Hinteregger, Oren Marshall and Steve Noble as well as in the trio Speakers’ Corner with guitarist Martin Siewert and drummer Wolfgang Reisinger.