About the artist
on the search for new sounds
Manuela Kerer (*1980 in Brixen, Italy) likes to marvel and is continuously on the search for new sounds, surprises and challenges. She passed her composition studies with distinction in Innsbruck, studied with Alessandro Solbiati in Milan and graduated in violin-instrumental education, law (PhD "'In the name of all artists, art, and social progress': The development of the rights of Composers) and psychology (PhD “Music and dementia”). In her music, she combines all these disciplines.
Manuela Kerer composed for the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop Berlin, Klangforum Wien, die reihe, the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, the Münchener Biennale or Wien Modern and for master musicians like Julius Berger and Maja Ratkje. Her music has been performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Vienna, at Kampnagel Hamburg, at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana und the ACF New York.
Manuela Kerer received several awards, including the Walther-von-der-Vogelweide prize (2009), the SKE Publicity Prize (2011) and the Austrian State Grant for composition (2008, 2011, 2016). In 2009 she was elected one of 100 young creative talents of Europe from the European Committee. In 2012/2013 the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected her for the program “New Austrian Sound of Music”. In 2015 she was awarded the international scholarship “Composer in Residence - Female composers to Frankfurt”. In 2016 she was Composer in Residence at the Festival St.Gallen/Styria, in 2019 at Schlossmediale Werdenberg and Festival "Leicht über Linz". Kerer’s works are published by “Breitkopf & Härtel”. Many of them have been featured on CD, a portrait CD has been published in the ORF-edition “Zeitton”.