Gerhard Gruber

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Gerhard Gruber (born May 6, 1951 in Aigen im Mühlkreis) is an Austrian composer and piano player. As accompanist for silent movies he has become the leading authority in Austria since 1988.

He has performed for about 450 different films (Los Angeles 2012, Mumbai-Pune 2012, Washington-Los Angeles 2011, Delhi-Pune-Goa/India 2011, Tokyo 2006/2007/2008, Hobart/Australia 2007-09, Rotorua/New Zealand 2008/2010, Padova, Motovun Film Festival 2007, Cineconcerts Bordeaux 2005, Filmfestival Pisek/CZ 2008/2011, Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste 2009/2011, Viennale 1999-2004/2012, Munich, Hamburg, Diagonale). He composed the music for Café Elektric.

Since 1983 Gerhard Gruber is working and performing as a composer and musician for theatre.

He was featured in Ilse Aichinger's Subtexte as "the one who first makes each film possible and, at the same time, unnecessary. Those who have seen his hands move on the illuminated keys might even risk forgetting Chaplin"[1]

Gruber was awarded the Nestroy-Theaterpreis in 2006 and the Bühnenkunstpreis des Landes Oberösterreich in 2008.

Gerhard Gruber, Silent Movie Pianist
Gerhard Gruber and Ichiro Kataoka, Filmfestival Motovun, 2007
Award Landeskulturpreis on March 25, 2008
Gerhard Gruber with Moata McNamara, organizer of the Silent Film Festival Rotorua, 2008

Performances for Silent Movies (out of 450)[edit]

Venues[edit]

  • Auckland University of Technology 2013
  • State Cinema Hobart 100th anniversary 2013
  • Lenin (nuclear icebreaker) - Film music recordings 2013
  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2012
  • Los Angeles American Cinematheque/ Aero Theatre 2012
  • Pune-Mumbai/ 2nd India Silent Movie Tour 2012
  • Washington-Los Angeles/ USA Silent Movie Tour 2011
  • Delhi-Pune-Goa/ India Silent Movie Tour 2011
  • Silence! Silent Movie Festival Rotorua, Neuseeland 2008
  • Motovun Film Festival 2007
  • Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien 2007/2010
  • Austria Japan Silent Film Duo Project, Tokyo
  • State Cinema Hobart/ Australien 2007/2008/2010
  • International Student Film Festival Písek 2008/2011
  • Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/CZ 2009/2011
  • Silent Movie at Amici della musica di Padova 2008
  • Cinéconcerts Bordeaux 2005
  • Breitenseer Lichtspiele Wien
  • Viennale
  • Metrokino / Filmarchiv Austria
  • Österreichisches Filmmuseum
  • Filmmuseum München
  • Diagonale
  • Prater Filmfestival 2005/2006

Theatre Works (Selection)[edit]

  • Das Nibelungenlied - Justus Neumann - 2010
  • Die 39 Stufen - Schauspielhaus Salzburg - 2010/2011
  • Hennir - Isabel Karajan - 2009
  • Bettleroper - Projekttheater Vorarlberg - 2009
  • How much, Schatzi? - Projekttheater Vorarlberg - 2006
  • Automatenbüfett - Theater in der Josefstadt Wien - 2004
  • Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind - Theater in der Josefstadt Wien - 2004
  • Mann, Frau, Kind - Theater in der Josefstadt Wien - 2003
  • Das Dschungelbuch - Theater der Jugend Wien - 2002
  • Der Zerrissene - Volkstheater Wien - 1997
  • Die letzten Tage der Menschheit - Donaufestival Krems - 1994
  • Mir soll ins Herz gestochen werden - Theater Narrnkastl Wien - 1985
  • Mozarella - Zwischen den Zeilen Theater Zürich - 1983

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aichinger, Ilse (2006) Subtexte: Der Filmerzieher. Wien: Edition Korrespondenzen. ISBN 3-902113-46-4

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