Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2020

Genre: World

Instrument/voice type: Percussion

Location: London


Bernhard Schimpelsberger composes genre - defying music that features a unique palette of percussion instruments from all around the world.
Bernhard grew up in Austria, deeply rooted in Jazz and Western classical music, but it was his studies in India that shaped his innovative approach to rhythm and music.
Inspired by his countless travels, he explores rhythm as a universal language which creates cinematic textures that are in high by artists across many genres. His original compositions have been commissioned for the Beethovenfest Bonn (2018), the opening ceremony of the Rowing World Cup Championships (2019) or Norrdans Sweden (2017) to name a few. He also regularly scores for contemporary dance and art galleries. Amongst his previous musical collaborators are Anoushka Shankar (sitar), Akram Khan (dance), Nitin Sawhney (music) or Gwilym Simcock (Piano).
Help musicians supported me on study trip to Brazil. With their help I could travel to Salvador and take classes with the master drummers of the Candomble tradition.Being right at the centre of Afro- Brazilian rhythm I could expand my knowledge of rhythm as a universal language.I am grateful for the their generous support.