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Jakob Bragg : Associate Artist

Jakob’s works have a raw quality where ornamentation, microtonality, the ritualised, and virtuosic collide.

Photo of Jakob Bragg

Photo: Anna Moretó

Artist website: http://jakobbragg.com/

Jakob Bragg (b. 1990) has developed a compositional practice that engages in unconventional approaches to acoustic instruments, nurtures ongoing artistic relationships, and navigates the exploratory and ritualised. Based in Huddersfield (UK), Jakob works primarily with new music specialists and collaborators in which ideas of virtuosity, ornamentation, multiculturalism, and drama are explored.

Recent works include the political "At least so far…" for voice +, harnessing the use and misuse of language by politicians; the exploratory Fourteen transcriptions from across the plane [plain] for solo piano, a surveying of the geography of the piano across a unique x-y axis notational model; the ritualised Through Gates Unseen for orchestra, a congregation of towering chords, smearing drones, and a ceremonial staff; and a host of works composed for somewhat unusual instruments including Uilleann pipes and recorders (Between giants), double-bell trombone and ondomo (Displaced bodies, weapons of action), the Babel Table (Three folk songs for Productions Totem Contemporain), and objects as varied as bearing balls, saucepans, and vibrators.

Jakob has been fortunate to work with artists and orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), ELISION Ensemble (AU), Arditti Quartet (UK), International Contemporary Ensemble (US), Cikada (NO), Quatuor Tana (FR), Meitar Ensemble (IL), Zöllner-Roche Duo (UK/DE), BRON (NL), eventuell.Duo (CH), panSonus (US), Australia's Ossicle Duo, Rubiks Collective, Kupka's Piano, Syzygy Ensemble, Kurilpa String Quartet, The Song Company, Horsley & Williams Duo, Amber Evans, Alex Raineri, Phoebe Green, Ben Opie, Callum G'Froerer. the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, and the Queensland Philharmonia.

His works have been featured across the globe including: China (Shanghai New Music Week), Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, France (Festival de Royaymont), Austria, Germany (Darmstadt), Italy, the Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and throughout Australia (Metropolis New Music Week, Brisbane Music Festival).

Jakob has participated in composer development programmes such as the 49th Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (DE), Impuls Academie (AT), Académie Voix Nouvelles Royaumont (FR), Bilkent Composition Academy (TR), International Masterclass Shanghai New Music Week (CN), the London Philharmonic Young Composers Programme (UK), Australia's TSO Composers' School, Ensemble Offspring's Hatched Academy, Melbourne Arts Centre's 5x5x5, Tilde Academy Festival, AYO's National Music Camp, and has participated in workshops with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Voices.

Jakob is currently undertaking his PhD under the supervision of Aaron Cassidy, Bryn Harrison, and Mary Bellamy at CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield, with the generous support of the Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship and the Welsford Smithers Memorial Scholarship. He has previously studied at the University of Melbourne with Elliott Gyger and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Gerard Brophy. He has been closely mentored by composer Liza Lim and had additional lessons with Enno Poppe, Simon Steen-Anderson, Wieland Hoban, Pierluigi Billone, Rebecca Saunders, Yann Robin, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Philippe Hurel, Noriko Baba, and Mauro Lanza.

Jakob Bragg — current to November 2023

Studied with

Gerard Brophy (2011 - 2014)

Elliott Gyger (2016 - 2018)

Liza Lim


Collaborated with

Kupka's Piano (2013 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Passacaglia (violin with percussion) (2021) International Contemporary Ensemble (USA)
Digital sheet music sample Subdue : for solo clarinet (2019) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble for performance by Carl Rosman.
Digital sheet music sample Dust, dew : for clarinet and percussion (2018) Commissioned by Kupka's Piano.
Digital sheet music sample Unravelling Graphite : string quartet (2014) Commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University as part of the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize 2014