Perger Andreas Paolo

General Information

Date of Birth:  13. April 1970
Place of Birth:  Munich
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Andreas Paolo Perger was born as the son of an Austro-Italian father and a German-Polish mother into a family of musicians and artists with a European migration background. He carries the eight-pointed star from the Val di Non. His Munich grandfather was a poet for the student resistance against National Socialism. After anti-authoritarian pedagogy, piano lessons and free-style painting, he received guitar lessons at the age of seven.After the early loss of his parents, he studied guitar, improvisation and composition in the USA, Germany, Italy and Austria. After a work visit in New York, he was honored as the “Newcomer of the Year" by the Süddeutsche Zeitung in 1997, followed by the release of a series of 11 CDs through Fenn Music (Hamburg). The media and press celebrated his multi-perspective sound language. Concert tours and project funding followed. Studio work for ARD, ORF, and EMI Records. Soundtracks for art videos.


In collaboration with Stevens Custom Guitars and Huber Amps, he developed the 5.1 surround guitar, which was introduced at the music fair in Frankfurt in 1999. In 2002, the first concert with the 5.1 Surround Guitar took place in the t-u-b-e (Munich) and was broadcasted on BR2 Radio. Soon after, he created compositions with new media and the "Internet Series”. World premiere of "o recording - Concert for 5.1 surround guitar" in the ORF Long Night of Museums 2007 for Tonspur_live at MuseumsQuartier (Vienna). Premiere at the Institute Intermédií (Prague) in 2008. Premieres at the Artothek (Munich), Freitagsmusik (Hamburg), Hardcover (Berlin), and the 4th Electric Eclectics Festival (Canada) in 2009.


Phonomontage "Österreich oond dee Velt in 1938" (Lindo Records), a musical memorial to cultural integrity and humanity. Release of the solo album "Relief" (Artist Edition) in 2011. Premiere of "Work for Orchestra 1" at St. Johannes Evangelist Church (Berlin) in 2013. Premiere of "Gravure / Gravure" - improvised compositions for concert guitar at Zionskirche (Berlin) in 2014. World premiere of "Work for Orchestra 2" at St. Johannes Evangelist Church (Berlin) in 2015. Lives and works in Berlin.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

free studies of music and arts

master classes

further master classes with Mike Stern, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, Evan Parker, Frederic Rzewski, Wolfgang Stryi/ Ensemble Modern and Leo Brouwer

studies of the guitar, improvisation and composition

Richard Strauss Conservatory: studies of the guitar, improvisation and composition (Barbara Probst-Polasek)



concerts and performances with musicians from different genres, such as classical music, jazz and experimental music

studio guitarist for cinema and television, soundtracks for art-videos

performances at numerous renowned festivals in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, and Canada: a.o. at the Musicacademy in Wroclaw (Poland), the Transart in Bolzano (Italy), the Bach Night at Zeche Zollverein in Essen (Germany), the Tonspur_live in Vienna, the international festival "Jazz an der Donau" (Germany) etc.


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

"Newcomer of the Year" from the Süddeutsche Zeitung

project-funding e.g. by the Franz Grothe Stiftung, Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Cultural Forum Prague, Verband Aktueller Musik Hamburg, Austrian Cultural Forum Ottawa, Kulturbüro Sophien, Artist Edition etc.

Description of Style

The music of Andreas Paolo Perger is a contemporary pluralistic position between abstraction and narration. A virtuosic atmospheric texture with guitaristic and re-instrumentalized electronic sounds, transitions from sound to noise and hand symbols. The sculptural aspect of sound emphasizes the obviously accepted and accentuates the played tones between the strings.

His improvised compositions consist of playing modules, which are varied and changed during the concert. On the electric guitar he uses the possibilities of amplification through electron tubes (warm dynamic sound, long sustain, distortion, acoustic feedback) and the actively customizable spatial layer (each string is heard in a separate speaker). On the concert guitar his improvised compositions sound like associative time travels with a clear reference to the given space.

In his works for orchestra, he transfers his method to large ensemble. The work series is characterized by the balance of intuition and structure, transformation, authenticity, immediacy, multi-perspective experiencing and empowerment. The orchestral concept is put up for discussion and organic form language is thematized in a musical work series. This causes social sculptures, carried by a considerate, equal togetherness.

Discography, Projects


  • 2011: Relief (Artist Edition)
  • 2008: "Österreich oond dee Velt in 1938" (Sampler / Lindo Records)
  • 2000: Ethnomorphocology (Fenn Music)
  • 1999: Big City (Fenn Music)
  • 1999: Heart Pop (Fenn Music)
  • 1998: Standards (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1998: Visions in Multitrack (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1998: Liebe in den Zeiten der Cola / Love in the age of cola (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1996: Spielt Werke von/ Plays works of Bach, Giuliani, Torroba, Martin (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1996: Konzert für Gitarre und Streichquartett - Kompositionen für Konzertgitarre / Concert for guitar and string quartet - Compositions for concert guitar (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1996: Seelenmann/ Soul Man (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1996: Happiness is a warm gun (Academica / Fenn Music)
  • 1996: Frühe Bänder/ Early Tapes (Academica / Fenn Music)



  • 2015: Work for Orchestra 2 by Carlos Bustamante (47 min, Künstlerausgabe / Artist Edition)
  • 2013: Work for Orchestra 1 by Carlos Bustamante (1.12 h, Künstlerausgabe / Artist Edition)
  • 2005: Europäische Originale / European Originals - Rome / London / Paris / Vienna (4 x 50 min)
  • 2003: Isarufer im Herbst / Isar-bank in autumn (50 min)
  • 2002: Dynamic Video 1-10 (50 min)

Contact, Links

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