New album A Different Forest is released on Sony Classical in February 2018 and is his first record of unprepared piano compositions. To coincide with this he is preparing a new, unadorned live show which will be premiered in Spring 2019.
Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is an Oscar-nominated composer, songwriter and experimental musician known for his spellbinding live performances.
A Different Forest follows the release of his eighth album What If in March 2017 and 2014’s Abandoned City, both on City Slang. Meanwhile he has toured the world, contributed to dance performances and worked with a variety of musicians and ensembles including the violinist Hilary Hahn with whom he recorded Silfra for Deutsche Gramaphon. His collaboration with Amsterdam’s Alma Quartet was performed as part of The New Romantics, a concert series he curated at 2016’s Schumannfest in Düsseldorf, while Lost, a piece written for cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, received its UK premiere at London’s Kings Place in Spring 2017.
Furthermore, Bertelmann has been in increasing demands as a soundtrack composer, working on scores for a number of documentaries and feature films, not least James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle and, alongside Dustin O’Halloran, Lion, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe.