Matthias “Titus” Stein
Fiddle, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Matthias Stein, nicknamed Titus, is co-founder (1997) and fiddler of The Pyromantics. He has been playing the violin for 25 years, as well as the mandolin and acoustic guitar. At times he was also active on stage with the banjo, but because of his family (wife, 2 children) and profession, there is no time for it. Titus knows how to play emotional ballads as well as fast-paced solos. Towards the end of the concerts his performance culminates in a sparkling interpretation of the “Fiddle Anthom”, the Orange Blossom Special.
Titus has already accompanied various bands with his fiddle at gigs, in the studio or in sessions. Four times he has been honoured with the award “Musician of the Year” by the members of the ACMF (many thanks!). In addition to his high quality and joy of playing, it is also his attention to detail that makes the cover songs of the Pyromantics sound “really real”. Titus’ motto is “fun through quality”, and with this attitude he wants to continue to give the audience a lot of joy with good country music with his band of the heart, The Pyromantics.
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ACMF Awards (Austrian Country Music Federation):
- Musician of the year 2018
- Musician of the year 2017
- Musician of the year 2014
- Musician of the year 2012/2013
Place of residence: Dornbirn
Year of Construction: 1977
Private: married with Susanne Stein, 2 children (Kilian and Fabian).
Hobbies: Music, reading, sports, information technology, soccer, chess
Favourite bands: BR5-49, Bluegrass Boogiemen, Nugget, Truck Stop, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Clay Walker, Little Texas, Elvis Presley, Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan, Johnny Cash, …
With 6 years one year of recorder training. After that classical violin training until the 9th year, then quit unfortunately. At the age of 17 (1994) picked up the violin again (classical training until 2005, learned fiddling by himself).
Since July 1997 bandleader and fiddler of “The Pyromantics” (founding member). 1998 temporarily lead singer – fortunately not for long. Since January 1998 also acoustic guitar. Plays the mandolin too, since October 2000. Bought a banjo in April 2003 which, after a long time of practice, rarely goes into action on stage.
As studio musician (hitherto: fiddle, mandolin) Titus contributed, besides for The Pyromantics, for renowned bands from Vorarlberg like Welcome and Schellinski, to album productions:
Furthermore Titus, as a guest musician, accompanied famous artists from Vorarlberg in multiple concerts on stage for a cancer charity project (George Nussbaumer, Reinhold Bilgeri, Michael Köhlmeier, Bernie Weber, Walter Schuler, Markus Kreil, Raimund Gritzner, Roman Lorenz, Martina Breznik, Heli Burtscher, Harry Marte, Emil Durot).
Profession: Business Informatics Specialist in an executive position at the Julius Blum GmbH, Höchst, Vorarlberg