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HK Gruber

HK Gruber Photo © Lucerne Festival
b. 1943

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HK Gruber is the composer of the celebrated 'pandemonium' Frankenstein!!, which has received hundreds of performances and broadcasts worldwide * Music refracts Viennese tradition, both classical and popular, through contemporary lens * His works draw on the cabaret style of the Weimar Republic, often combined with irreverent black humour * Much admired for concertos including two violin concertos for Ernst Kovacic, a Cello Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and a trumpet concerto Aerial for Håkan Hardenberger * Has appeared at many international festivals as featured composer, conductor, chansonnier, and music-theatre performer, including 2006 Lucerne Festival * Recordings on the BIS, Chandos and Largo labels

Works by HK Gruber include:
Frankenstein!! (1977/79) for chansonnier and orchestra or ensemble
Cello Concerto (1989) for cello and ensemble (or small orchestra)
Aerial (1998-99)  Concerto for trumpet and orchestra
Looking Ahead: territorial premieres of his Piano Concerto for Emanuel Ax throughout 2017/18; composer festival devoted to his music in Stockholm (16-24 Nov); featured composer with Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in 17/18 season; 75th birthday in 2018

New Video: View an interview with HK Gruber talking about his life and music.
"...the nostalgic frisson and the ironic surprise are technical means used by Gruber with absolute authority to create forthright masterpieces." — Sunday Times
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