Bernhard Gander, born in Lienz in 1969, is an award-winning Austrian composer. He studied piano, composition and conducting at the State Conservatory in Tyrol and composition with Beat Furrer in Graz. His education as a composer was also influenced by sojourns at Studio UPIC in Paris and at the Swiss Centre for Computer Music in Zurich, where he studied electro-acoustic music. In 2004 Gander received the Music Encouragement Award of the City of Vienna for composition. Further awards followed: in 2005 he received the Composition Award of the Erste Bank, in 2005 and 2007 he received a State Scholarship for Composition, in 2009 he won the SKE Publicity Prize and in 2012 the Ernst Krenek Prize for his work »melting pot«.
Bernhard Gander works with numerous ensembles, including Klangforum Vienna, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Intégrales, the Talea Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Phace, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, RSO Vienna, DSO Berlin, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lowe Austria.
His works have been performed on numerous stages and as part of renowned festivals, such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Steirischer Herbst, ORF, Klangspuren Schwaz, Transart Bolzano, Donaueschingen Music Days, Vienna Festwochen, Wien Modern, Musica Strassbourg, Witten Days of New Chamber Music and the Munich Biennial.