INFOBOXGenre(s): Contemporary Music, Jazz/Improvised Music
From: Upper Austria, Austria
Johannes Berauer – a former student of Jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer – studied composition and Jazz piano at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College in Boston, as well as the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz. Johannes Berauer effortlessly navigates around the limitations of styles such as classical avant-garde, jazz and world music. Since 2015 he holds the position for Jazz Composition at the conservatory of Klagenfurt, Carinthia.
His own project “The Vienna Chamber Diaries” is a unique synthesis of classical chamber music and jazz and features jazz masters Gwilym Simcock, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Klaus Gesing alongside an ensemble of outstanding classical players. Currently he works with Oud master Anouar Brahem as both orchestra arranger and musical director for his last ECM release
“Souvenance”. The program has been performed with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, l’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and l’Orchestre Ilse de France amongst others.
Berauer conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall on his silent movie project “King of Ghosts” – a collaboration with Indian Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta. The project toured in Asia in 2016/17. Further collaborators and performers of Berauer’s music include the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Jazzorchester Vorarlberg, Juniper Chamber Orchestra Perth, Camerata New York, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and artists like Benjamin Schmid, Friedrich Kleinhapl, Paul Gulda, the Eggner Trio and Austrians rock legend Willi Resetarits.
Johannes Berauer received commissions from the Vienna Musikverein, Konzerthaus Wien, Linzer Klangwolke, or the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies. He has appeared on festivals like the Cheltenham music festival, Cully Jazz Festival, ARS Electronica, Bruckner Festival, and recently the Edinburgh MELA and in venues like the Tonhalle Zürich, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Frankfurt Radio Hall, London King’s Place or Festspielhaus Bregenz to name just a few. Amongst his many prizes are the international Gustav Mahler Prize, Scrivere in Jazz, a Fulbright Scholarship and recently the Austrian State Scholarship for composition.