composer for silent movies, theatre and film music
"Gerhard Gruber is considered one of the world's leading silent film pianists" (NCPA Mumbai)
Gerhard Gruber is an Austrian composer and piano player. As accompanist for silent movies he has become the leading authority in Austria since 1988.
As a basic principle he appreciates improvisation for his work as a silent movie pianist, which he regards as best way of a direct and always new dialogue between the events on the screen, the music and the audience.
So no performance resembles the others. Gerhard Gruber likes it to be enticed by the films again and again and to pass on these feelings to the audience.
Cit.: ´For me the feeling of being amidst the events of a film story has been undescribable exciting from the first moment and is unchanged until today. This guarantees the liveliness and vibrancy of each performance.
It is always the unity of film, music and audience. And thus each presentation is able to be a special experience.`
2018 Istanbul, Paris, Boston University, Washington, Mexico City, Madrid, Berlin
2017 Hobart/ Australia, Bratislava/ SK, Fondation Pathé Paris, Krasnoyarsk/ Siberia, Shanghai, Peking
2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival, Filmoteca Valencia, Querétaro, Cineteca Nacional Mexico City, Kiew, Odessa, Kharkiv
2015 3rd Students Film Festival of India FTII Pune, Film Festival Pisek
2014 National Film Archive Tokyo, Zagreb Film Festival, Antwerpen, Oslo, Luxemburg, Pisek, Grünstadt
2013 Hobart/ Australia, AUT Auckland/NZ
2012 NCPA Mumbai, FTII Pune, Los Angeles
2011 Washington, Los Angeles, Delhi, Pune, Goa, Film Festival Pisek, Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/CZ
2010 Hobart/ Australia, Auckland/NZ
2009 Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste
2008 Tokyo, Pisek/CZ, Hobart/AUS, Rotorua, Auckland/NZ, Padua
2007 Film Festival Motovun/HR, Tokyo, Hobart/AUS
Viennale, Diagonale, Hamburg, Filmarchiv Austria, Österr. Filmmuseum, Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Natschlag/AT …
Repertoire: 600 movies
1983 - 2011 composer and musician for theatre.
Awards: 2006: "Nestroypreis", 2008: "Landeskulturpreis Upper Austria"
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Film score "Cafe Elektric":
"Silent film accompanist Gerhard Gruber provides an excellent piano score on the Austrian DVD edition."
EVENTS German Version Silent Movie