Gerhard Gruber is a worldwide performing silent movie pianist. He is working as an improviser, having performed for more than 550 movies.
As a basic principle Gerhard Gruber appreciates improvisation for his work as a silent movie pianist, which he regards as best way of a direct and always new dialogue between the events on the screen, the music and the audience.
So no performance resembles the others. Gerhard Gruber likes it to be enticed by the films again and again and to pass on these feelings to the audience.
Cit.: ´For me the feeling of being amidst the events of a film story has been undescribable exciting from the first moment and is unchanged until today. This guarantees the liveliness and vibrancy of each performance.
It is always the unity of film, music and audience. And thus each presentation is able to be a special experience.`
The silent movie artist Gerhard Gruber has performed for about 550 different films all over the world
2018 Istanbul, Paris, Boston University, Washington, Mexico City, Madrid, Berlin
2017 Hobart/ Australia, Pathé Paris, Bratislava, Krasnoyarsk Siberia, Shanghai, Beijing
2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival, Filmoteca Valencia, Querétaro, Cineteca Nacional Mexico City, Kiew, Odessa, Kharkiw
2015 3rd Students Film Festival of India FTII Pune, Film Festival Pisek/CZ
2014 National Film Archive Tokyo, Zagreb Film Festival, Antwerpen, Oslo, Luxemburg, Pisek, Grünstadt/BRD
2013 Hobart/ Australia, AUT Auckland/NZ
2012 NCPA Mumbai, FTII Pune/India, Los Angeles
2011 Washington, Los Angeles, Delhi, Pune, Goa, Film Festival Pisek, Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/CZ
2010 Hobart/Australia, Auckland/NZ
2009 Filmfestival Uherske Hradiste/CZ
2008 Tokyo, Pisek/CZ, Hobart/AUS, Rotorua, Auckland/NZ, Padua
2007 Film Festival Motovun/HR, Tokyo, Hobart/AUS
Silent Movie Pianist
Gaumont Projector 1899
Without this projector I probably would not be a silent movie pianist.
It was discovered during the demolition of the "Lifka Cinema" in Linz/ Austria.
The machine has been restored by Mr. Markus Häupl and was presented to the public on June 16th 1988.
This was also my first silent movie performance.
25 years silent movie pianist
A long and Windung road
When I was a child of about 11 years, I saw my first silent movies in a boarding school. On Sunday sometimes we watched Comédies by Ch. Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Laurel&Hardy.
For me the screen was somehow a window to an (at least) inner freedom, escape from not so easy times in a boarding school of the 60ties.
But it took many a years, until I met silent movies again, in an intensive way.
I can say, it was more "forces of nature" on that June 16th 1988, at least for me.
I remember me with a hot red face, falling into the movies with all of my possible enthusiasm, melting with all those motions and emotions, the stories and the great masters of the silent movie.
Meanwhile it is more than 1300 performances,more than 550 silent films. I visited Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Tokyo, Mexico, Hobart, Auckland, Valencia, Kiev, Odessa, Charkiv and many other towns with the silent movie programs.
And the most beautiful thing: since 25 years silent movie my passion has remained, never my performances became routine.
Many thanks to all, who supported me on my way as a silent movie pianist.
I travelled through Austria with METROPOLIS, even a special copy of this famous movie was made.
The next year we showed THE FRESHMAN by Harold Lloyd and made a lot of friends with children and students, again in Austrian schools.
And there is more to come after all that happy silent movie years!
Boston March 2016