Hans Glawischnig was born in Graz, Austria on October 22,1970 and developed an early interest in music from his father, a respected pianist, big band leader and educator. Hans began playing the electric bass in 1983 and the double bass in 1986, which was to become his main musical voice. From 1986 to 1988 he studied at the Jazz Department of the Academy of Music in Graz with renowned American bassist Wayne Darling, and later relocated to the United States to accept a scholarship at Berklee School of Music. He has also studied with bassist Bruce Gertz, played and recorded with Berklee faculty members Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, and Greg Hopkins, and accompanied several visiting clinicians, including drummers Steve Smith and Casey Scheuerell.
In 1992, Hans moved to New York to join the M.A. program at Manhattan School of Music on scholarship. While performing around the New York area after graduating, he was invited to play with Ray Barretto’s renowned New World Spirit ensemble, touring extensively and recording two albums, Contact! for Blue Note Records and Live in Europe. Further engagements with Paquito D’Riviera, Dave Samuels, Bobby Sanabria, Rick Margitza, Garry Dial, Billy Harper, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Joe Locke, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Steffon Harris, Claudio Roditi, Billy Drewes, Jamey Haddad, Brian Lynch, Phil Woods, and Claudia Acuna soon followed.
In 1998, Hans was invited to join David Sanchez’ Melaza Sextet. The group toured the globe and recorded two albums for Columbia – Melaza and Travesia – which pushed the envelope of Latin Jazz to its limits and brought the group great critical acclaim, as well as two Grammy Award nominations.
In 2001, Hans recorded a number of his own compositions, which were released as Common Ground on the Spanish label Fresh Sounds/New Talent. With Miguel Zenón, Hans participated in the making of four critically acclaimed recordings: Ceremonial, Jibaro, Awake, and the Grammy-nominated Esta Plena, which draws inspiration from the now endangered Puerto Rican folkloric music form Plena. Hans also participated in the James Moody recording Homage for Savoy records and performed with Chick Corea across Europe. In 2008 Hans recorded Panorama, which features exclusively his own compositions and highlights his longtime colleagues, Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo, as well as including appearances by Johnathan Blake, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, and Rich Perry. To date Hans has participated in over 50 recordings and continues to perform throughout the world, as well as giving master classes and teaching privately.