Jakob Bragg (b. 1990) is an Australian composer, born and raised in the subtropics, he now resides in the temperate south of Melbourne.
Creating highly detailed, excessively ornamental and microtonal works, with confined pitch material juxtaposed with a fluidity of movement, Jakob has worked primarily with new music specialists. Ensembles such as Kupka’s Piano, Syzygy Ensemble, Kurilpa String Quartet, Quatuor Tana (FR), BRON Quartet (NL), The Song Company, Halfsound, eventuell.Duo (CH), Queensland’s Conservatorium New Music Ensemble and Saxophone Orchestra, the 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 Festival (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, Netherlands, Italy), the USA, and featured on CutCommon, Partial Durations, Making Waves, and heard on ABC Radio National and 3MBS.
Jakob has been selected to participate in composer development programmes including the IMPULS Academy (Austria), Symphony Australia’s TSO Composers’ School, the Melbourne Arts Centre’s 5x5x5, Tilde Festival Academy, 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), Glen Johnston Commissions Project, 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 dramatic leap to study composition full time. He is currently undertaking a Masters 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-Andersen, Klaus Lang, Chris Dench, and Stuart Greenbaum.
2018 sees Jakob working with soloists including Phoebe Green, Ben Opie, Tamara Kohler, Kaylie Melville, Kupka’s Piano, and the Horsley & Williams duo.
When not writing music, Jakob loves history, collects books and tends to his many plants daily.