Winner of the 2011 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards) and the 2011 Jazz Work of the Year (APRA/AMC Art Music Awards), Johannes Luebbers has emerged as one of Australia’s next generation of young composers. Graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006, Luebbers studied arranging with Graeme Lyall, piano with Graham Wood and Tom O’Halloran and was awarded the Bob Wylie Scholarship for the most outstanding graduate. Throughout his short career he has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the 2009 Youth Arts WA Citizen of the Year, 2009 Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year (Bell Awards), 2008 Jazz Song of the Year (WA Music Industry Awards) and the 2006 APRA Professional Development Award for jazz. He has also release two albums with his own award winning ensemble, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD).
In addition to his work with the JLD, Johannes Luebbers has written music for Orchestra Victoria (with Sinead O’Connor and Dan Sultan), the WA Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Rock Symphony (with the Baby Animals and The Divinyls), the Logie Awards, Mark Vincent (2009 Australia’s Got Talent winner), Jay Laga’aia (Playschool), the Victorian State School Spectacular, the Mace Francis Orchestra, the WA Youth Orchestra, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, ‘Fused’ new music ensemble and the NSW Waratahs (Rugby Union). He has also performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, the York Jazz Festival and was a featured performer at the 2011 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.
From 2007-2014 Johannes taught at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, lecturing in jazz arranging, aural, composition and ensemble. In 2015 he joined the school of music at ANU in Canberra, where he currently lectures. In addition to his teaching work Johannes is currently a PhD candidate at WAAPA, researching in collaboration and composition. He was also president of the Perth Jazz Society from 2011-14, a panel member for the Australian Council for the Arts from 2011-14, an ‘Associate Artist’ with the Australian Music Centre and is co-founder of the independent new music label Listen/Hear Collective.
‘[Johannes Luebbers’s music] is music of great substance and should be heard by all who want more from music than an instant hit and not much else. In a word, it is exceptional.’ (Tony Gould AM)