Hauschka is the alias of German pianist composer Volker Bertelmann, who currently resides in Dusseldorf. Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work as Hauschka is based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano - a playfully disruptive intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it.

Clamping wedges of leather, felt or rubber between the strings; preparing the hammers with aluminium paper or rough films; placing crown corks on the strings, weaving guitar strings around the piano’s guts, or pasting them down with gaffa tape - his resulting tracks are composed both originally and charmingly. The results are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm.





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Hauschka - Noise Is Music (The Avant/Garde Diaries session)

Hauschka ‘Noise Is Music’ for ‘The Avant/Garde Diaries session’

2 years ago
Hauschka - The Bristol Proms

Hauschka at The Bristol Proms. By Classic Fm.

2 years ago
Hauschka - Radar (Michael Mayer Remix)

Designed and Directed by Jun Iwakawa
Produced by ticktockrobot

2 years ago
Hauschka – Nairobi Concert (Live)

Hauschka’s very first concert in Africa. Nairobi, May 2012 at the Goethe Institute.

2 years ago
Hauschka – Silver Lake (at Room 205)

Installment 2 of 3.
While on a recent US tour with Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn, celebrated Düsseldorf-born piano composer Hauschka took a time-out to create this very special 3-part performance series with esteemed director Greg Hunt, set designer Tamarra Younis, and sound engineer J. Clark. Employing elements of magical realism, prepared piano, playful improvisation and inspired collaboration, this episode embodies everything we’ve come to love about Room 205.

2 years ago
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