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HK Gruber

  • Composer
  • Conductor


HK Gruber: Composing in his own highly individual style, he has been labelled 'new-Romantic', 'neo-tonal', 'neo-expressionistic' and 'neo-Viennese', but his music remains refreshingly non-doctrinaire - a deceptively simple and darkly ironic idiom which often includes a heavy dose of black humour. Berg, Stravinsky, cabaret and pop music are all influences, but whatever stylistic ingredients he uses in his works, he remains inimitably himself: one of the major talents of post-war music. As such, Gruber was recently awarded Austria's most prestigious cultural prize, the 2002 Greater Austria State Prize (Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis).