Florian Bergmann

Altsaxophon, Bassklarinette, Komposition


The composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer Florian Bergmann (born in Berlin in 1984) works at a wide range of present music and music theatre. From 2004 to 2009 he studied at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler and at the University of Arts Berlin.


Florian Bergmann wrote works for numerous ensembles of contemporary music, among them the Trio Transmitter which he founded in 2012 (with Benedikt Bindewald and Alba Gentili-Tedeschi). In 2019 the Trio Transmitter was supported by the Hauptstadtkutlurfonds as well as by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin in 2015. Their current cd camera obscura was released on NEOS Music in 2016.

He composed music for solo instruments, various jazz formations, for children and teenagers, for theatre pieces and for short movies and videos.

In 2020 he was engaged as a co-composer and arranger in the production Dunkel ist die Nacht, Rigoletto!, which was premiered by the Bielefeld Philharmonics at Theater Bielefeld.

In 2017 he developed Klangquadrat (in collaboration with Benedikt Bindewald and Minouche Petrusch), a music theatre piece for children from the age of two which was commissioned by the Theater o.N. and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and was presented at the Augenblick Mal! Festival, at the Berliner Schaufenster, at the Korczak Festioval Warsaw and at the Danish Uden Ord – Teaterfestival.

Since 2011 he works with the sounds of everyday objects as part of his electro-acoustical research project Sonic Essence. This led to the trio composition Schall und Rauch – Version Transmitter, to the quintet composition Schall und Rauch – Version Umlaut, to the interdisciplinary composition paysages façonnés (in collaboration with the photographer Elma Riza), to the music for the dance performance The Wood Project(directed by Felix Bürkle) and to several concerts with improvised music.

He worked as a composer, director and musician/performer in numerous interdisciplinary pieces, a. o. in his own interdisciplinary performance Perspectives for dance, video and two musicians which was premiered at the Ballhaus Ost Berlin.



As a saxophonist and (bass) clarinetist Florian Bergmann played at the Acht Brücken Festival Köln, Festival D’Automne à Paris, Grec Festival Barcelona, Münchener Biennale, Musiktheatertage Wien, Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon, Internationales Jazzfestival Leipzig, World Forum on Music Los Angeles, Unerhörte Musik Berlin, Kontraklang Berlin, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Stuttgarter Saxophonfestival, Favoriten Festival Dortmund, Multiphonic Festival Köln, TFF Rudolstadt, Glatt&Verkehrt Krems, Performance Arts Festival Oldenburg, De Nachten Antwerpen, FRATZ International, Dresdener Jazztage and also in whole Europe, the USA, Brazil, Taiwan and Singapore.

As a member of the alto sax quartet Fo[u]r Alto (with Frank Gratkowski, Leonard Huhn and Christian Weidner) he elaborates extended techniques and microtonal playing for the saxophone. Fo[u]r Alto received funding from the Musikfonds, Berlin Kultursenat and Kulturamt Cologne.

He is a member of the international musicians’ collective and record label Umlaut Records and 2009 host of the annual International Umlaut Festival. Umlaut Berlin was funded by the Impuls Fonds for contemporary music, the Deutsche Musikrat, the Berliner Kultursenat, the Bezirksamt Pankow, Pro Helvetia and the Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk.

He was prize winner of the Hanns-Eisler-Preis for contemporary interpretation 2011.

In 2010 he released his own cd-production Rendez-vous on Umlaut Records, followed by the cd Cobalt Cluster (with Matthias Müller, Antonio Borghini und Hannes Lingens) with free improvisations and compositions for quartet. Further cd-releases on Leo Records, Unit Records, Jazzwerkstatt, WhyPlayJazz, NI VU NI CONNU a.o.


Theatre music

Florian Bergmann worked as a musican and performer at numerous big houses, among them the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berliner Ensemble, the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Nationaltheater Weimar, the Theater o.N., the Teatro della Tosse Genova, the Radialsystem Berlin and the Neuköllner Oper Berlin, in pieces by Robert Wilson, George Tabori, Thomas Langhoff, Matthias Rebstock, Enrico Stolzenburg, Ania Michaelis, Michela Lucenti, Bastian Zimmerman and Neo Hülcker.

Digital in Berlin (on the occasion of our concert Transmitter 2015, in english)
Flexibilität (about the art of improvisation, in german and english )

Florian Bergmann on Wikipedia