updated 7 October 2021
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Bernhard Gander

Austrian composer born in 1969 in Lienz (East Tyrol).

Bernhard Gander was born in Austria in 1969. He studied piano, conducting, and composition at the Tyrolean Provincial Conservatory in Innsbruck and at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, where he took composition courses with Beat Furrer from 2000 to 2004. He also received musical training in electroacoustics at the Studio UPIC in Paris with Julio Estrada and Curtis Roads in 1994-1995, as well as at the Swiss Zentrum für Computermusic in Zurich in 1997.

He was awarded the Musikförderungspreis Composition Prize of the City of Vienna in 2004 as well as a commission-prize from the Erste Bank in 2006, for which he wrote Bunny Games, whose inspiration was at once playful (Bugs Bunny) and historic (Scarlatti), and which was enthusiastically received by critics. In 2007, the Kairos label and Klangforum Wien put out a monographic album of his work.

His compositions have been performed in Zurich, Paris, New York, Seattle, Greece, Japon, and South Korea, as well as in major festivals. Gander has received commissions from the Vienna Konzerthaus for Der Melonenbaum (2000) and from Klangforum Wien, Leim (2004), as well as multiple commission from Ensemble Modern, the musikprotokoll, Wien Modern, and Klangspuren festivals – Horribile dictu (2007) – and Donaueschinger Musiktage, where his Beine und Strümpfe (2007) premiered. In 2010, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra premiered Dirty Angel, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, and the Arditti Quartet premiered Khul in Darmstadt. In May 2011, the Wiener Festwochen festival premiered his melting pot for DJ, rapper, slam poets, break dancers, multivocalist beatboxers, and orchestra. In 2012, his take nine for ensemble was premiered by the Ensemble intercontemporain. Das Leben am Rande der Milchstrasse, a seven-episode opera sitcom with a libretto by Johannes Heide and Christa Salchner premiered at the Bregenzer Festpiele (Austria) in 2015 in a performance by the Phace ensemble. Cold Cadaver with Thirteen Scary Scars for Hammond organ, electric bass, percussion, and ensemble premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2016 in a performance by Steamboat and Klangforum Wien.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2021


  • Lena DRAŽIĆ, « Bernhard Gander — Ein Komponistenporträt in sieben Folgen », in Osterreichische Musikzeitschrift, 2014, vol. 69 n°6, pp. 70-76.
  • Michael ZWENZNER, Blood, « Death and Fluc ’n’ Flex. Bernhard Gander verbindet Metal mit Neuer Musik », dans Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, n° 1, 2017, p. 32-35.

Discographie sélective

  • Bernhard GANDER, Peter Parker, Joonas Ahonen : piano, dans « Charles Ives, Joonas Ahonen, Bernhard Gander », avec des œuvres de Charles Ives, 1 SACD BIS, 2021, BIS-2049 SACD.
  • Bernhard GANDER, Cold Cadaver with Thirteen Scary Scars, Steamboat, Klangforum Wien, avec des œuvres de Rebecca Saunders, Martin Smolka, Franck Bedrossian dans « Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016 », et. al., 2 cd Neos, 2017.
  • Bernhard GANDER, « Take Death! », 1 CD God Records, 2014, GOD 25.
  • Bernhard GANDER, Hukl, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth, direction, avec des œuvres de Martin Smolka, Stefan Prins, Beat Furrr, et. al., dans « Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012 », 3 cd Neos, 2013.
  • Bernhard GANDER, dirty angel ; khul ; schöne worte ; wegda! ; horrible dictu ; lovely monster, dans « Monsters and Angels »1 cd Kairos, 2012, 0013272KAI.
  • Bernhard GANDER, Beine und Strümpfe, Klangforum Wien · Emilio Pomàrico, direction, avec des œuvres de Georges Aperghis, Sead Haddad, Brice Pauset, dans « Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008 », 3 cd Neos, 2009.
  • Bernhard GANDER, « Bunny Games » : Bunny Games ; fluc ‘n‘ flex ; ö ; Peter Parker ; fête.gare,  Hsin-Huei Huang : piano, Krassimir Sterev : accordéon, Klangforum Wien, direction : Emilio Pomárico, Johannes Kalitzke et Sylvain Cambreling, 1 cd Kairos, 2007, 0012682KAI.

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en octobre 2021).