Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2001

Oct, Nov, Dec

Peter Ablinger | Composer

Peter Ablinger © Siegrid Ablinger
Peter Ablinger © Siegrid Ablinger
born in Schwanenstadt, Austria
Studied graphic arts in Linz
Jazz piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Private composition lessons with Gösta Neuwirth, and at the Vienna Conservatory with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati

Peter Ablinger creates musical situations which frequently under-or-overwhelm his audience’s sense of perception to stimulate the spectator’s concentration and perception of reality. Born 1959 in Schwanenstadt, Ablinger studied graphic arts in Linz. He later grew fascinated by free jazz and began studying jazz piano at the Music Academy Graz from 1977-79.  He took private composition lessons with Gösta Neuwirth in Graz and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at the Vienna Conservatory from 1979-1982. He has been living in Berlin since 1982.

Ablinger worked in chamber music ensembles until 1994 and then switched to electro-acoustics and sound installation. He has been working on the oeuvres “White/Whitish”, which deals with various aspects of white noise using various media: instruments, installations, objects, electro-acoustic pieces, note pieces, prose pieces, music without sounds-36 parts in total.

He has held positions as a visiting professor and lecturer at numerous universities, including Columbia University New York City; Bard College; the Manhattan School of Music, and Yale and Harvard/Cambridge. Since 2012, he has been Research Professor at the University of Huddersfield. Ablinger has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin since 2012.