Welcome to Gerhard Gruber
composer for film and silent movies
Gerhard Gruber is an Austrian composer and piano player. As accompanist
for silent movies he is travelling around the world and has become the leading authority in Austria since
He has performed for more than 550 different films (Boston, Mexico, Valencia, Kiew, Odessa, Kharkiv 2016, Pune 2015, Tokyo-Antwerp-Zagreb-Pisek-Luxembourg-Oslo 2014, Australia-New Zealand 2013, Los Angeles 2011/12, Washington 2011, Mumbai-Pune 2012, Delhi-Pune-Goa 2011,
Tokyo 2006/ 2007/ 2008, Hobart/ Australia, Rotorua/ New Zealand 2008,
Padova, Motovun Film Festival, Cineconcerts Bordeaux 2005, Filmfestival Pisek/ CZ 2008/ 2011, Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/ CZ, Munich,
Hamburg, Diagonale, Viennale 1999-2004).
As a basic principle he appreciates improvisation for his work, 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
Mexico City March 2016
Tokyo NFC November 2014
Valencia Filmoteca March 2016
|The piano "Red October" (why is the piano yellow?) - Murmansk - Lenin: Icebreaker
Silent Movie Performances in Los Angeles
AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE, AERO THEATRE Los Angeles - 3.Mai 2012 - "CAFE ELEKTRIC"
LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, SABAN THEATRE Los Angeles - 6.Mai 2012 - "MOON OF ISRAEL"
meeting composer Paul Haslinger in May 2012
Silent Movie Performances 2012 in Pune and Mumbai
FILM & TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA, Pune 23.2.12 - NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE OF INDIA, Pune 25.2.12
POONA MUSIC SOCIETY, Pune 27.2.12 - NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Mumbai 29.2.12
Film & Television Institute of India, Pune * National Film Archive of India, Pune
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
KULTURFORUM WASHINGTON USA - "Austrian Short Silent Movie Comedies" 16.November 2011,
"Moon of Israel" 18.November 2011
VILLA AURORA LOS ANGELES USA - "Moon of Israel" 22.November 2011
performance in Washington DC (Foto: Eva Krallinger) * playing the organ of Lion Feuchtwanger, Los Angeles
meeting film director Ivan Passer and his wife Anna at the Pisek Film Festival 2011
"Those who listen to Gerhard Gruber play the piano can once again trust their own breath." -
Author Ilse Aichinger
movie music in the sense Grubers is neither an exaggeration of the
film, nor the “digestible making” of an “old-fashionable” artifact,
neither a vanity nor another simplification of the existing work. It is
always a partnership suggestion; in a partnership, which becomes never
boring as it is guaranteed. An “open relationship” including intimate
bond of trust."
Alexander Horwath, director of the Austrian Filmmuseum
Film score "Cafe Elektric":
"Silent film accompanist Gerhard Gruber provides an excellent piano score on the Austrian DVD edition."