Markus Holzer graduated in Pedagogy and concert studies in classical saxophone at the university for music and performing arts Vienna. His teacher was Professor Oto Vrhovnik.
Further studies brought him to Amsterdam, where he graduated in the class of Arno Bornkamp. He attended workshops with Eugene Rousseau, Jean-Marie Londeix, Henk van Twillert and Claude Delangle. Markus Holzer has a diploma in cultural management from the University of music and performing arts Vienna.
Markus Holzer won several prices at Competitions like the Gradus ad Parnassum (Graz, Austria), the Prize of the Club Carinthia (Klagenfurt, Austria), the 2nd price at the Gustav Bumcke (Nuernberg, Germany) Competition and prize-winner at the Pacem in terris (Bayreuth, Germany) Competition.
His artistically highlights were invitations at festivals like „Bregenzer
Festspiele“, „Festwochen Gmunden“, Carinthischer Sommer“, „Musikwochen Millstatt“ and at „Allegro vivo“. Markus Holzer gave solo concerts at the „Wiener Musikverein“, „Konzerthaus Vienna“ and at „Festival Grafenegg“. With his saxophone-quartet „4saxess“ he has toured across Austria, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia and Oman.
Since 2010 he is member of the „Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra“, an orchestra consisting of twelve professional saxophonists. In 2013 they have recorded an international acclaimed CD with works by Grieg, Dukas and contemporary composers like Christian Maurer and Johannes Berauer. The „Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra“ gave concerts in Scotland, France, in Germany and in China.
Markus Holzer is Head of a Saxophone class and Principal of the „Musikschule Region Wagram“ in Lower Austria. His students are studying at several universities or work as musicians and teachers in Austria.
Markus Holzer has recorded several Cds:
„Bach – Vivaldi – Bernstein“ with 4saxess
„Frameless Pictures“ with the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra
„Repertoire for the Young Saxophonist“ with Pianist Stephan Schön