As the first female member of the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band Cologne, Karolina Strassmayer was voted among the top five alto saxophonists by readers of Downbeat Magazine two years in a row. Her artistic journey has led her from Austria to the jazz clubs and concert halls of New York City, to the European stages and recording studios where she now performs. While in New York, she performed with artists such as Chico Hamilton, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Five Play and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and played on five Grammy-nominated recordings. She was also a featured soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. To learn more about Karolina Strassmayer, visit