Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician known for his spellbinding live performances.


He released his eighth album What If on City Slang in March 2017. In a break from his traditional methodology he created the album by programming parts for self-playing ‘player pianos’ (also known as pianolas), exploiting the speed at which they could play, manipulating the resulting sounds, and building layers to emphasise a composition’s metre.

To coincide with the record he has performed select shows with a triple piano set up and a specially designed visual environment created by digital artist Florence To.

Encompassing haunting melodies, mysterious sounds, pristine ambience, minimalism, frenetic buzz, vintage sci-fi echo, complex patterns and propulsive rhythms What If crowns an extraordinary couple of years for Bertelmann. Since 2014’s Abandoned City he has released a collection of remixes and outtakes (A NDO C Y) as well as a live album (2.11.14). He’s also 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.


Mark Slater


Europe (except GAS)

Tour dates

Cork, IE
Cork Midsummer Festival
Montreux, CH
Montreux Jazz Festival
St Petersburg, RU
Gamma Festival
Into The Great Wide Open