Gerd Hermann Ortler was born in 1983 in South Tyrol (Italy).
He studied saxophone at the "Konservatorium Wien Private University" and jazz composition at the "University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz" with Ed Partyka. He also received composition lessons from Bob Brookmeyer.
Ortler lives in Vienna and works as a composer, conductor and arranger for various ensembles and institutions in the international jazz and classical music field.
He worked with the Wiener KammerOrchester, HR Big Band, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Metropole Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers, Paolo Fresu, Jim Black, Hamilton de Holanda, Gary Lucas, Wolfgang Puschnig, Wiener Posaunenensemble, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Phil-Blech, Wiener Konzerthaus, Jazzwerkstatt Vienna, Südtirol Jazz Festival, Transart Festival, Orchestra of the United Stages Vienna, Swiss Jazz Orchestra and many more.
Gerd Hermann Ortler is the founder and conductor of the GHO Orchestra, which performs his compositions and consists of musicians from the international jazz scene, as well as musicians from major classical orchestras. The debut album "Hermannology" was released in 2011. Furthermore, in 2011 the GHO Orchestra was the stage band of the Viennese "Jazz & Music Club Porgy & Bess".
Ortler's newest work, the symphony "And The Moon And The Stars And The World" commissioned by the "Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg" and the "Jazzorchester Vorarlberg", was premiered in 2017 at the Festspielhaus Bregenz and at the Montforthaus Feldkirch.
Gerd Hermann Ortler is a winner of the "DownBeat Student Music Award" awarded by the U.S. DownBeat Magazine (2010 Winner / 2012 Outstanding Performance). In 2010 he was the only European musician to receive this prize.
In addition, he also received a talent scholarship from the City of Graz, the State Scholarship for Composition by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (2011) and the "Förderungspreis der Stadt Wien" by the City of Vienna (2017).
Since 2012 Ortler teaches composition, arrangement and ensemble conducting at the "University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna“.
In his compositions Ortler especially focuses on the development and processing of images and textures, which he sets via a cross-genre of musical language into a narrative context, in order to break up sector-specific associations and expectations by bringing elements of contemporary music and jazz together.