Katharina Ernst • drummer, artist, composer

Berlin-based artist Katharina Ernst started playing the drums at age nine, with an early focus on polymetric, odd and chaotic structures. She studied abstract painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and simultaneously started touring worldwide with projects in the music and performance context. She spent eight years living mainly in France before she finally moved to Germany.

Katharina has already put out a number of records with different projects. The list of her collaborations is long and diverse, lately including composing for New Music ensembles (Black Page Orchestra, 2020), dance companies (Kate McIntosh, 2020/21) and theatre (Deutsches Theater, 2021).
In her own work, she puts emphasis on transgressing the fields of music, fine arts and choreography, celebrating a hybrid notion of the term „composition“.


Katharina Ernst / le temps, CD / EP, Trost Records / Ventil Records, 2021

ALSO / Live in Celovec, CD / LP, Trost Records, 2020

Katharina Ernst / EXTRAMETRIC, CD / LP, Ventil Records, 2018

ALSO / ALSO, CD, Trost Records, 2016

VENTIL / VENTIL, LP, Ventil Records, 2015

Awards • Residencies • Curation


- Staatsstipendium für Komposition 

- Artist in Residence, Jazzfestival Saalfelden



- SHAPE Artist 2019



- START Scholarship of the Austrian Federal Chancellary

- Artist Residency GCC, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

- Curation of 4 events at MusikRaumGarage, a cooperation of dieAngewandte, departure and Wipark, Vienna


- Nomination for Overall Winner of the Performance Section of Arte Laguna Prize 13.14

- Special Mention for a : z_3 Figures at the awarding ceremony of Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice

- Nomination for the winner of Danse Elargie at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, with a : z_approximate symmetries

- DAR Druskininkai Artist Residency, Lithuania

- Co-curation of Der Blöde Dritte Mittwoch, a monthly series for experimental art, performance and music in Vienna (ongoing)



- Winner of it's liquid - International Art Competition for ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- Honorary Prize of the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna for ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- Werkstück Residency, Tanzquartier Wien, with ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)

- CADHAME Residency at La Halle Verrière, Meisenthal, France with ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z)