Jakob Bragg (b. 1990) is an Australian composer residing in Melbourne.
Creating highly detailed, excessively ornamental, microtonal works, Jakob has worked primarily with new music specialists. Ensembles and artists including Quatuor Tana (FR), Meitar Ensemble (IL), BRON (NL), eventuell.Duo (CH), Amber Evans (US/AU), Australia’s Kupka’s Piano (with whom he is an associate artist), Syzygy Ensemble, Kurilpa String Quartet, The Song Company, Horsley & Williams Duo, Alex Raineri, Phoebe Green, Ben Opie, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, and Queensland Philharmonia have performed his work. These have been featured across festivals such as Shanghai New Music Week, Impuls Festival (Graz), Festival de Royaumont (France), Metropolis New Music Week (Melbourne), Brisbane Experimental Arts Festival, 2high Festival (Brisbane), and the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference (Sydney).
His music has been performed across the Eastern Australian states, throughout Asia (China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar), Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands), and in the United States; featured on CutCommon, Partial Durations, Making Waves, and heard on ABC Radio National and 3MBS Fine Music.
Jakob has participated in composer development programmes such as the Impuls Academie, Darmstadt Summer Course, Académie Voix Nouvelles, the TSO Composers’ School, Melbourne Arts Centre’s 5x5x5, Tilde Academy Festival, AYO’s National Music Camp, and has participated in workshops with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Voices. He has received awards including the Adolph Spivakovsky Prize for Composition, AE Floyd Memorial Scholarship (VCA/MCM), Sydney Eisteddfod Open Composition Section, Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Prize, Silver Harris and Jeff Peck prize, the A.G. Francis Prize (QCGU), and an Australian Postgraduate Award.
Originally beginning studies in economics, Jakob almost completed a degree at the QUT Business School before making the peculiar change to study composition full time. He has since completed a Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Elliott Gyger, having previously studied with Liza Lim, and at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Gerard Brophy. Other composition mentors have included Enno Poppe, Simon Steen-Anderson, Wieland Hoban, Pierluigi Billone, Rebecca Saunders, Yann Robin, Philippe Hurel, Noriko Baba, and Mauro Lanza.
Looking ahead, Jakob will be working with Kupka’s Piano, Ensemble Offspring (Hatched), the Horsley & Williams duo, Forest Collective, and Amber Evans.
When not writing music, Jakob loves history, collects books, and tends to his many plants daily.