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), 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, 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, Austria), 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 (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 Academy, the Shanghai New Music Week International Masterclass, 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 (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, Klaus Lang, and Yann Robin.
2018 sees Jakob working with artists Phoebe Green, Ben Opie, Kupka’s Piano, Ensemble Offspring (Hatched), the Horsley & Williams duo, Forest Collective, and attending the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music and Académie Voix Nouvelles.
When not writing music, Jakob loves history, collects books and tends to his many plants daily.