Bernhard Schimpelsberger is an Austrian musician based in London. Primarily a percussionist, his search for collaborators, musics and rhythms from the most far-flung geographies has taken him across the world, and his ongoing Rhythm Diaries project of artistic exchange has included workshops in Cuba, South Africa and Brazil. Within his ever-growing catalogue are original compositions for film, dance and installations, including a commission for the opening ceremony of the Rowing World Championships 2019, and new work Quartet of Peace, performed in South Africa for string quartet and traditional African drumming. He regularly collaborates with iconic choreographers Akram Khan and Israel Galván.
Equally elegant and eloquent as driving and impassioned, Schimpelsberger’s compositions could yield comparisons to giants of the field: Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi, Ryuichi Sakamoto (especially his compositions for The Revenant), but offers a hugely varied palette, considerably wider than easy reference points.