Hannes Dufek, born in 1984 in Vienna (Austria), is a composer, improviser and organiser in the field of new music.
In his work, he confronts the reality and the possibilites of writing and doing music, being and becoming human, exploring and expressing the imagination. Parallel use of different semantic and cross-medial layers, fragmentary or non-hierarchical processes of formation, the deliberate yielding of vital formal or structural decisions to others (the performers, the audience) are important aspects of his composing. Producing sound is a mainly and primarily social and socially emergent form of expression. Music, or organised sound, is both an image and an anticipation of a possible, palpable Utopia.
Various compositions have been performed internationally and received both critical and public recognition, his work has been awarded with prizes, grants and honorary mentions, most recently with one of the first twelve Annual Grants for composition by the City of Vienna department of Cultural Affairs. He holds both Mag. art (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, 2012) and Dr. art. degrees (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, 2019). As of 2023, he is also a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). Hannes Dufek lives and works in Vienna.