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 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 members Joanne Pearce Martin (principal keyboard) as well as former principals Michele Zukovsky (clarinet) and David Breidenthal (bassoon), the Verdehr Trio & Michigan State University, the Debussy Trio, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Cal State Northridge 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, TrevCo, Fatrock Ink and Vine Street International Publishing, have been presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphon