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 und 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 me (consisting of music J.S. Bach, his
own compositions and improvisations).
Florian Palier’s compositions 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 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. In 2021, he was the act of the month in the biggest German guitar
magazine “Gitarre und Bass”
Concerts, radio and television recordings have taken him throughout Europe,
Russia, the Middle East, the US, Japan, and Taiwan.
His compositions were performed in Austria, Germany, France, England, Japan,
China, Lebanon, Russia, the USA and South Africa.