Johannes Berauer 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 CD 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.
Recently he has worked with Oud master Anouar Brahem, arranging a string orchestra for his new project "Souvenance" on ECM. He has also collaborated with Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta on a silent movie project, which was commissioned by the Edinburgh MELA festival. Johannes conducted the performances of the piece with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Further collaborators include artists like Benjamin Schmid, Friedrich Kleinhapl, Willi Resetarits, Paul Gulda, the Eggner Trio and orchestras like the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, l'Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, 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, ARS Electronica, Bruckner Festival, Cully Jazz Festival and now the Edinburgh MELA and in venues like the Tonhalle Zurich, 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 is Professor for Jazz Composition at the conservatory of Klagenfurt / Austria.