Volker Bertelmann

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Biography

The impressive creative career of Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) started when his piano teacher told him at the age of 14 that there was nothing more he could teach his student – after only five years of lessons. It is difficult to describe what Bertelmann can get out of his ‘prepared piano’ – one has to hear it to understand it.

Exploring the possibilities of the piano eventually brought Bertelmann to alter the sounds of his piano by attaching various materials such as pieces of paper, marbles, drumsticks and others to its strings in order to create non-piano-like sounds. He released a number of solo and collaboration albums, the latest being Abandoned City (2014). It received outstanding reviews, but Bertelmann was ready for new challenges and accepted a position as Composer in Residence for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk orchestra in Leipzig.

The composer also has a prolific side line writing scores for films, having contributed to the soundtracks of Craig Macneill’s The Boy (2015), Karim Ainouz’ Praia du Futuro (2014) and Yael Reuveny’s Farewell, Herr Scharz (2015). Showing no signs of slowing down, the father of three continues to compose, score and tour, spreading his musical visions.

In 2017, Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran created the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated score for the internationally acclaimed feature film Lion. His current projects include further feature films 1000 Arten, Hotel Mumbai and The Current War, a new collaboration with O’Halloran. He is also working on the scores for the TV series' Gunpowder, a BBC production starring Kit Harrington and Liv Tyler, and the Benedict Cumberbatch programme Melrose, which will be broadcast on Sky.

Always unpredictable, Bertelmann continues to offer only one certainty: that the next step he takes will be as unexpected as the direction from which he has come.

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  • Congratulations on the Oscar nomination, Volker Bertelmann!
  • Music + Sound Award 2020 Winners

    Music + Sound Award 2020 Winners

    29th July 2020

    The Music + Sound Awards 2020 winners were announced last week, and we are delighted to say a Wise Music Creative project won! 'Nature Fights Back' by Hauschka featured in Apple At Work - The Underdogs was awarded Best Sync In Online...

  • Music+Sound Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

    Music+Sound Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

    13th July 2020

    The Music+Sound Awards 2020 finalists have been announced and we are delighted to say three Wise Music tracks have been nominated in two categories: Best Sync In Online, Viral + Ambient Advertising: 'Nature Fights Back' by Hauschka...

  • Volker Bertelmann Scores Upcoming BBC Drama Dublin Murders

    Volker Bertelmann Scores Upcoming BBC Drama Dublin Murders

    9th October 2019

    Volker Bertelmann has wirtten the score to the upcoming BBC Crime series Dublin Murders. Beginning on Monday 14th October, the eight-part drama follows a psychological murder investigation set in Ireland, and will be released two episodes...

  • Volker Bertelmann Re-Signs To Music Sales

    Volker Bertelmann Re-Signs To Music Sales

    30th September 2019

    We are thrilled to announce Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) has extended his world-wide agreement with Music Sales. The composer, pianist and experimental musician received an Academy Award nomination for his and Dustin O’Halloran’s...