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”.
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 more than 40 commissions from individuals and organizations such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2006 and 2015), 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), former Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians Gary Gray (principal clarinet) and Susan Greenberg (flute), the Verdehr Trio & Michigan State University, the Debussy Trio, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Cal State Northridge, Oesterreichische Kammersymphoniker (Austria), Jazz Bigband Graz (Austria), and the Los Angeles based chamber music series Chamber Music Palisades, Pacific Serenades and South Bay Chamber Music Society.
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 Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia), the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester (Germany) and the Symponieorchester Vorarlberg (Austria. 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, the Wiener Festwochen and Wien Modern.
Albany Records has released three CDs of Gernot’s chamber music: PASSING THROUGH (TROY1624, 2016) which was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY® Award in the category Best Classical Compendium, 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 in the 1990s.
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, Texas Tech University, the University of Music in Vienna and the festival Instrumenta Verano in Oaxaca, Mexico. 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 and the State of Tyrol, Austria.
Gernot Wolfgang also works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry. He is currently associate artistic director of “HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers”.
“Every so often, a recording comes along that is really off the beaten path … so far off, in fact, that it seems to create its own genre … Wolfgang’s music is not just jazz music with a little more form, or classical music that swings. He has found a way to completely blend the two types of music in such a way that there is no real delineation between them … a beautiful and deeply moving listening experience.“
- Lynn Rene Bayley, The Art Music Lounge
(on Gernot’s 2016 CD PASSING THROUGH)