Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka)

Hauschka is the artistic moniker of German pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann, who is widely acclaimed for his experimentations with the prepared piano.

Having first made a name for himself as one half of ‘90s hip-hop duo, God’s Favorite Dog, Bertelmann’s debut as Hauschka came in 2004 with the release of his Substantial album. His relentless work ethic has since spawned over a dozen full-length records and almost as many film scores.

A frequent collaborator, Hauschka paired up with renowned American violinist, Hilary Hahn, on an improvised album in 2012, Silfra, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon. In 2016, he collaborated with fellow Redbird artist Dustin O’Halloran on the score for Garth Davis’ Lion, which was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Original Score.

Beyond his work as a recording artist, Hauschka is also prominent in the world of theatre and took up an artistic residency at the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he partnered up on an orchestral piece with experimental pop band Múm.