Born in Lienz in 1969, Austrian composer Bernhard Gander studied piano, musical composition and conducting at the Tyrolean Provincial Conservatoire as well as composition with Beat Furrer in Graz. Later, he began to specialise in electro-acoustic music at Studio UPIC in Paris and SZCM (Swiss Centre for Computer Music) in Zurich. He has worked with numerous ensembles and orchestras that include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Intégrales, Talea Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble PHACE, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, RSO Vienna, DSO Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, SWR Symphonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester, hr-Sinfonieorchester and Tonkünstler-Orchester. Bernhard Gander’s compositions were inter alia performed at Vienna Konzerthaus, Wiener Festwochen, steirischer herbst, Klangspuren, Transart Bozen, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien modern, Musica Strasbourg, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik or Munich Biennale. He is the recipient of the 2004 Music Sponsorship Prize of the City of Vienna for Composition, of the 2005 Erste Bank Composition Award and of the 2009 SKE Publicity Prize and was awarded the Austrian State Scholarship for Composition. For melting pot, premiered at Wiener Festwochen in 2012, Bernhard Gander received the Ernst Krenek Prize.