Josef Garai
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Instrument: flute, piano

Garai Josef

General Information

Year of Birth:  1923
Date of Birth:  6. June 1923
Place of Birth:  Baden
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Date of Death:  20. September 1990
Place of Death:  Vienna


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

music theory

lessons with Heinrich Berg


school leaving examination

1945 - 1947

chapel master

1945 - 1947


1946 - 1948

private studies in composition

1946 - 1948

private studies in composition

1946 - 1948

private studies in composition


1942 - 1945

appearances as a pianist with the Wehrmacht quartet and the tour of the grand and German masters in South Tyrol


from this date appearances as a pianist with Hans Kann, Josef Dichler, Friedrich Wildgans, and others


Freien Österreichischen Jugend (FÖJ): leader of the worker's choir


from this date programmer for Kienzle and other companies


Viso Data Computer AG Wien: co-owner

at the insistence of his father almost exclusively clerk in his father's hotel

performances of works by Hanns Eisler

teacher at the hotel school

Performances (Selection)


IGNM concerts


Art Club Vienna

concerts with performers such as Franz Litschauer, Grete and Josef Dichler, Friedrich Wildgans, Paul Kling, among others

Description of Style

Out of all the young Austrian composers during and after the war, Josef Garai seems to me to have been the most talented . He was a strong melodician and applied this ability also on the twelve-tone technique, for example in the "Two Sonatinas" for piano. It is very unfortunate that he gave up composing; he would have certainly become one of the most important figures in today's Austrian music scene. Very important for Garai (as well as for his friends Karl Heinz Füssl and me) was the private study with Josef Polnauer. It provided the basis for analytical thinking and precise formulated compositions.


Paul Kont, 1997