“His innovative compositions are frequently compared to the work of Eric Satie and John Cage.” The Guardian

Celebrated experimental German pianist Volker Bertelmann, known best these days as Hauschka is not necessarily what you’d expect. Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work as Hauschka is based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano – a playfully disruptive intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it.

Hauschka is recognised today as one of 21st century’s greatest proponents of prepared piano, although he was barely aware of the ‘prepare’ piano champions like John Cage when he first began his experiments. The results are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful enthusiasm.

Hauschka’s New York debut has been described as “a transporting, ecstatic experience.”

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with The Goethe-Institut Australia.


German composer makes astonishing sounds simply by modifying the internal workings of his piano, to haunting results.

His extraordinary palette of noises gives the ol’ Joanna a new life, resulting in a delicious percussive sound. To achieve this he modifies or “prepares” the instrument by clamping wedges of felt, leather and rubber between the strings, covering the hammers with aluminium paper and dropping in ping pong balls, corks and, er, bedroom toys.