Biography[ edit ] Cerha was born in Vienna. Already there he participated in resistance actions. There he took a thrust of blank signed sign orders and deserted. After some time in which he managed to be undetected within the German territory with the help of his march papers, he was reintegrated into a military unit, as a Russian Army reached Pomerania. Later he descended a second time and made his way to the west of Austria.
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Works there as cabin keeper and mountain guide. Return to Vienna in November. In the following years, contact with young composers including Paul Kont , painters and poets, who later joined together to form the Art-Club and became part of the Austrian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music ISCM. Analysis of works of the Viennese School with Josef Polnauer. Extensive work as a concert violinist. Start of work as music educator at Vienna Mittelschulen.
In the years , work in developing and leading school orchestras. Further numerous concerts as violinist. First concerts of "die reihe". Composition of Mouvements and Fasce. Editions of early music. Start of increased activity as a conductor ensemble, orchestra, opera at leading institutions in the promotion of contemporary music, and at leading festivals and opera houses.
First extensive tour with "die reihe" including Relazioni fragili throughout Germany and to Paris. First Cerha Portrait at the Wiener Festwochen. Composed Prize of the City of Vienna. Performances of the entire Spiegel cycle at the Venice Biennale.
Exhibit at the Austrian National Library: the childhood of a composer in Vienna. After leaving the conservatory, increased activity as composer and conductor. Member of the European Academy of Sciences. Start of work on interpretations of the Viennese School with the Klangforum Wien.
President of the Klangforum Wien. Numerous concerts on the occasion of his 70th birthday in Austria and beyond. Composer-in-residence at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Composition of the Rhapsodie pour violon et piano, commissioned by the Jacques Thibaud competition, Paris.