Gerd Hermann Ortler
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Instrument: saxophone

Photo © Rania Moslam

Ortler Gerd Hermann

General Information

Year of Birth:  1983
Country of Birth: 

Gerd Hermann Ortler was born in 1983 in South Tyrol.
He studied saxophone at the "Konservatorium Wien Private University" and jazz composition at the "University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz." He also received composition lessons from Bob Brookmeyer.
Ortler lives in Vienna and works as a composer and arranger for various ensembles and institutions in the international jazz and classical music field. Thus, numerous works were composed for example for the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (A), HR Big Band (D), Metropole Orchestra (NL), Südtirol Jazz Festival (I), Vienna Trombone Ensemble (A), Partyka Brass (D), Jazzwerkstatt Vienna (A), Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (CH), Phil-Blech (A), Transart Festival (I), United Stages Bolzano (I), and many more
Ortler is a lecturer of composition at the "Vienna Music Institute Conservatory" and will teach composition and arrangement at the "University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna" in the study year 2012/13.
Gerd Hermann Ortler is the founder and conductor of the GHO Orchestra , which performs his compositions and consists of musicians from the international jazz scene, as well as musicians from major classical orchestras. The debut album "Hermannology" was released in 2011. Furthermore, in 2011 the GHO Orchestra was the stage band of the Viennese "Jazz & Music Club Porgy & Bess".

 

In his compositions Ortler especially focuses on the development and processing of images and textures, which he sets via a cross-genre musical language into a narrative context, in order to break up sector-specific associations and expectations, and to bring elements of contemporary music and jazz together.
Gerd Hermann Ortler is a two times winner of the "Down Beat Student Music Awards" awarded by the U.S. Downbeat Magazine (2010 Winner/2012 Outstanding Performance). In 2010 he was the only European musician to receive this prize. In addition, he also received a talent scholarship from the City of Graz (2008) and the State Scholarship for Composition (2011) by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

jazz composition

composition lessons by Bob Brookmeyer

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
2012

lecturer for composition, arrangement and ensemble conducting

composer and arranger for various ensembles and institutions in the international jazz and classical field

lecturer in composition

founder and director

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
2011

performances with the GHO-Orchestra as stage band

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

numerous works for example for the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (A), HR Big Band (D), Metropole Orchestra (NL), Südtirol Jazz Festival (I), Vienna Trombone Ensemble (A), Partyka Brass (D), Jazzwerkstatt Vienna (A), Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (CH), Phil-Blech (A), Transart Festival (I), United Stages Bolzano (I), and many more

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
2008

talent scholarship

2010

winner of the "Down Beat Student Music Award", awarded by the U.S. Downbeat Magazine

2011

state scholarship for composition

2012

winner of the "Down Beat Student Music Award", awarded by the U.S. Downbeat Magazine

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • 2011: Hermannology (sessionworkrecords)