Johannes Berauer (*1979) is working as a freelance composer of jazz and contemporary classical music. He completed his M.M. in jazz composition with Bob Brookmeyer and Lee Hyla at the New England Conservatory in Boston/USA with honors, for which he had received a Fulbright scholarship. Previously he had studied at Berklee College of Music and the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz/Austria with Gunter Waldek and Christoph Cech.
In his current project „The Vienna Chamber Diaries“ Berauer combines jazz with classical chamber music. The recently released CD features jazz masters Wolfgang Muthspiel, Klaus Gesing and Gwilym Simcock.
In 2011 he was commissioned to compose a work for the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra, which was premiered at the annual Bruckner Festival under Dennis Russell Davies. Due to its success it was repeat the next year at the Ars Electronica Festival. In 2010 he composed music in memory of the late pianist Friedrich Gulda commissioned by his son Paul Gulda. He conducted the premier of this work in the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2008 he composed the music for the “Linzer Klangwolke 2008”, a multi media open air event, conceived by Werner Pfeffer, which was attended by 95000 people.
His music has been performed in USA, Australia, Japan and Europe at venues like Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus Wien, Festpielhaus Bregenz, Brucknerhaus Linz, hr-Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall Boston or the Hale Auditorium in Perth.
Berauer won many prizes such as the international Gustav Mahler Competition 2000 with his violin concerto, which was premiered by violinist Benjamin Schmid. Other awards include a State Scholarship for Composition 2013, 1st prize at Scrivere in Jazz 2010, Anton Bruckner Stipend 2009, the NEC Piano Trio and Chamber Orchestra Composition Contests 2007 or the Herb Pomeroy Award 2005. He was also finalist in the 2010 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest.
Amongst ensembles and musicians who performed Berauer’s music are the cello virtuoso Friedrich Kleinhapl, Kirill Kobantschenko (member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Willi Resetarits (Austrian rock legend), Eggner Trio, Brillaner Duo, or Paul Gulda, the Brucknerorchester, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Juniper Chamber Orchestra, Camerata New York, NEC Chamber Orchestra, VOEST Wind Orchestra, Millenium Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra Jazz de la Sardegna, Jazzorchester Vorarlberg, Vocale Neuburg, CrossNova Ensemble, Cantus Graz or the Nouvelle Cuisine Bigband.