Matthias Kranebitter was born 1980 in Vienna, Austria. He studied electro-acoustic composition with Dieter Kaufmann and German Toro-Perez, film and media composition with Klaus-Peter Sattler and piano with Christiane Karajeva at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He continued his studies with a postgraduate course at the Conservatory van Amsterdam as well as at the University of Graz with Alexander Stankovski and Beat Furrer.
“My music is characterized by carnevalistic aspects: a post-modern relativisation of musical aesthetics of the past, a dense accumulation and mash-up from everyday life’s trash sounds to a flittering-colourful and hyper-heterogenic sound flood, a comic-like, grotesque distortion of clichéd musical gestures with an ironic ambivalence, aiming for a realisation of a culture-liberated Art brut in music.”
His works received awards such as 1st Prize Gustav Mahler Composition Competition 2006, 2nd Prize Zurich Jazz Orchestra Competition or the 1st Prize Project Young Composers Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam 2009. In 2011 he was commissioned to write a chamber opera for the SireneOperntheater Wien and in 2012 the Jeunesse and the Austrian Broadcasting Association ORF organized a portrait concert of his music in the Radiokulturhaus Wien. He represented Austria at the ISCM World New Music Days 2012 in Belgium and was also one of the 4 winners of the International Composition Competition Impuls Academy in Graz 2013. For 2015 he is one of the selected composers at the MATA Festival New York, where his music will be performed by TALEA Ensemble.
Recently he has been awarded with the Publicity Prize of the SKE Austro Mechana 2013 and the Förderungspreis of the City of Vienna 2014.