Critics describe GRAMMY® nominated Gernot Wolfgang as a “master composer with important things to communicate to his listeners” (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare) and a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone), while jazz legend Dave Brubeck characterized Gernot’s music as being of “unconventional beauty”. In his review on icareifyoulisten.com, Don Clark portrays the compositions on Gernot’s 2016 CD Passing Through as “substantial, provocative, entertaining examples of the now and future of chamber music.”
Born in Bad Gastein, Austria in 1957, Gernot Wolfgang currently resides in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the program “Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV” at USC, and holds degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Music in Graz, Austria.
Gernot has so far received 40 commissions from individuals and organizations such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Festival of the European Broadcasting Union, Los Angeles Philharmonic principals Michele Zukovsky (clarinet), Joanne Pearce Martin (keyboard) and David Breidenthal (bassoon), the Verdehr Trio & Michigan State University, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Cal State Northridge, Music from Salem (NY), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra flutist Susan Greenberg, Oesterreichische Kammersymphoniker (Austria), Tiroler Kammerorchester InnStrumenti (Austria) , Jazz Bigband Graz (Austria), and the Los Angeles based chamber music series Pacific Serenades, South Bay Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Palisades.
His concert works, which are published by Doblinger and Fatrock Ink Music Publishers, have been presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester (Germany), the Symponieorchester Vorarlberg (Austria) and the Oesterreichische Kammersymphoniker. They have been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna and at festivals such as the New York Chamber Music Festival, the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico and the Wiener Festwochen.
Albany Records has released two CDs of Gernot’s chamber music: “Short Stories” (TROY1248, 2011) and “Common Ground” (TROY854, 2006) . His music can also be heard on the Polygram, Universal, Koch, Navona, Crystal Records, Yarlung, Capstone, Centaur and Extraplatte labels.
As a guitarist with the Austrian jazz ensemble “The QuARTet” he has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs for Extraplatte and toured extensively throughout Europe.
From 1990-93 Gernot was a lecturer for Jazz Composition and Harmony at the University of Music in Graz. He has guest lectured and held masterclasses at UCLA, the University of Music in Vienna, the festival Instrumenta Verano in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, VA. Gernot has received awards, grants and scholarships from the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, the Austrian Ministry for Education and the Arts, the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research, Austro Mechana, Berklee College of Music, Billboard Magazine, BMI, the Fulbright Commission, Global Music Awards and the State of Tyrol, Austria.
Gernot Wolfgang is active in the film and TV music industry as a composer and orchestrator. He is currently associate artistic director of “HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers” and artistic advisor to the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. Together with fellow composers Bevan Manson, Ed Neumeister and Michael Patterson he produces the concert series “Improvisatory Minds: Chamber Music composed by Jazz Musicians” at various venues.