Johannes Berauer – a former student of Jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer – is one of the most productive and diverse young composers of Austria. He effortlessly navigates around the limitations of styles such as classical avant-garde, jazz and world music.


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.


Berauer conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the silent movie project "King of Ghosts" – a collaboration with Indian Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta. The project will be on tour in Asia in 2016/17.


Further collaborators include artists like Benjamin Schmid, Friedrich Kleinhapl, Willi Resetarits, Paul Gulda, the Eggner Trio and orchestras like the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra, Lugano Radio Orchestra, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg or the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.


Johannes 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 prizes are the international Gustav Mahler Prize, Scrivere in Jazz, a Fulbright Scholarship and recently the Austrian State Scholarship for composition.


Berauer studied at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College in Boston, and the A. Bruckner University of Linz. His teachers were inter alia Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Hyla, Christoph Cech and Gunter Waldek.


Since 2015 Johannes Berauer holds the position for Jazz Composition at the conservatory of Klagenfurt / Austria.


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