steff kotter graz
steff kotter graz


Music is ingrained in Steff from birth, and the stage personality was already embedded in his paternal genes. Since his youth, he has been artistically involved in various formations. From the beginning, he has been characterized by curiosity, passion, and a high standard of quality in his performance. In addition to his self-taught education, the dedicated musician and organizer with artistic sensibility can also draw on his academic training. Steff is the strategic mastermind and bandleader of KILL SCOVILLE.



is a collective of passionate musicians. The company, founded in 2012, represents a wide range of musical genres in its repertoire. Professionalism stemming from over 20 years of stage experience and musical creativity in developing individual music concepts go hand in hand here.

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Modern acoustic pop & jazz in vintage style


The band, comprised of legendary musicians and voices, combines skill with enthusiasm. A dash of vintage, a pinch of pop, and a whole lot of groove: KILL SCOVILLE from Graz effortlessly weaves their way through modern acoustic jazz, soul, and swing, captivating the rhythm center of the soul with their fine nuances. The regular formation in quartet with musicians Steff Kotter (piano & vocals), Predo Peric (drums & vocals), Tobias Melcher (bass) and singer Maria Gebhart (vocals).


In the XL formation, everything that the music spectrum has to offer is delivered. Ideal as a show act for large-scale events and music festivals. The musical master class in full lineup: Steff Kotter (piano & vocals), Predo Peric (drums & vocals), Tobias Melcher (bass), vocalist Maria Gebhart, Gernot Strebl (saxophone & clarinet), and guest musicians.


Music Team Band & DJ

Predrag Perić | Drums/Vocals

Predro comes from a musical family. At the age of ten, he picked up drumsticks for the first time and hasn’t let go of them since. He eventually moved to Graz and began studying jazz at the University of Art in Graz. He played with musical greats such as George Benson, Murk Murphy, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Renato Chico among many others. For KILL SCOVILLE, he brings his remarkable musical range from jazz to soul disco classics to the stage. Predro has more than 15 years of stage experience with Steff.

Tobias Melcher | Bass

Tobias – our youngest addition to KILL SCOVILLE – has been in touch with music of various genres since early childhood. After studying jazz double bass at the Kunstuni Graz, another station followed in Basel/CH, where he completed his master’s degree. Back in Graz Tobias lives as a freelance musician. With KILL SCOVILLE he gives the audience the right groove with the low frequencies and his Carinthian Schmäh.

Maria Gebhart | Vocals

Music is in her blood. With her extraordinary talent, Maria delivers a powerful-voiced and emotionally intoxicating vocal performance on stage. She enriches KILL SCOVILLE with her unique vocal interpretations, her special expression and her remarkable vocal volume. She moves the audience with her stirring performance and soulful sounds. Their endless passion for music is transmitted to the listeners and provides unforgettable impressions and touching moments. Whoever hears them takes them to their heart and wishes that the evening may never end.

Gernot Strebl | Saxophone/Clarinet

Emotional, smooth and at the same time incredibly energetic – Gernot reaches for the saxophone or the clarinet, worlds of sound emerge that inspire. Gernot lives for music. When he starts to solo, he develops an inimitable presence. The tones are right and the groove is captivating. A well-known figure on the local jazz scene and a teacher, he inspires audiences and young musicians alike.

Kolja Radenkovic | Guitar/Trumpet/Vocals

The Serbian-born musician is one of the most versatile all-rounders in Austria. He graduated from the University of Arts in Graz with a diploma in jazz trumpet, but he is still much more often on the stages between Graz and Belgrade on the one hand and Graz and Berlin on the other hand as an excellent guitarist. To list his projects would be like trying to write a book. It captivates with its great joie de vivre and musical diversity.

Franz Steiner | Piano/Bass

Franz Steiner – friends and musically connected with Steff for over 25 years – appears again and again in the extended version KILL SCOVILLE both as pianist and bassist. After more than ten years of freelance work as a pianist and keyboardist, he landed back in Carinthia, where he teaches at the Musikgymnasium Viktring.

Philipp Kopmajer | Drums/Vocals

Born in Schladming and living in Graz, drummer and percussionist Philipp Kopmajer began his artistic career with early international competition successes, which were soon followed by lively concert activity. Studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
With his unique groove he always supports KILL SCOVILLE at various gigs.

Back Office

Ursula Trnoska-Boehm | Office


Ursula is our key player in the back office. Whether wishes, suggestions, requests for appointments or feedback – she always ensures a smooth process with Steff Kotter MUSIC.