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Personal profile


Johannes is an academic with an active profile as a composer, arranger and musician. He is director of the award winning jazz ensemble the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD), with which he has won two Australian Jazz 'Bell' Awards, an APRA/AMC Art Music Award, two West Australian Music Industry Awards and an APRA Professional Development Award. In addition to the recognition of his musical achievements, Johannes was the recipient of the 2009 Youth Arts West Australian Citizen of the Year for his contributions to the arts community in Western Australia. His creative practice explores collaboration within composition and the intersection and signification of genre in contemporary jazz.

In addition to his work with JLD Johannes has been commissioned by artists such as Decibel new music ensemble, oboist Ben Opie, the WA Youth Jazz orchestra, the WA Youth Orchestra and others. He is also active within musical theatre, having composed the new Australian work Melba with librettist Nicholas Christo, which premiered in 2017 at the Hayes Theatre starring Australian soprano Emma Matthews. 

Research interests

As an active composer, arranger and orchestrator, Johannes is interested in research that impacts these aspects of creative practice. Current research interests include:

  • Collaboration
  • Jazz Composition
  • Musical Arrangement
  • Musical Theatre


Supervision interests

With an active creative practice, Johannes relishes the opportunity to engage with industry partners, in addition to more traditional research. He welcomes a diverse range of research projects within jazz and composition.

Monash teaching commitment

Current teaching commitments at Monash include:

  • ATS2333 Jazz History (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer)
  • ATS1899 Music Theory and Ear Training 1 (Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS1900 Music Theory and Ear Training 2 (Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS2901 Music Theory and Ear Training 3 (Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS2902 Music Theory and Ear Training 4 (Lecturer and Tutor)

Previous teaching commitments include:

  • Acting Convenor of Composition
  • ATS3819 Applied Music (Coordinator)
  • ATS3899 Jazz Arranging (Lecturer)
  • Big Band (Director)
  • Composition tutor
  • Concerts Coordinator 

Community service

Johannes Luebbers' impact and engagement in the community has been significant, including:

  • Australia Council for the Arts Music Board member (2011-2014)
  • Perth Jazz Society - President (2011-2014)
  • Listen/Hear Collective - label co-manager (2010-2016)
  • West Australian Department for Culture and Arts - Arts Funding Panel member (2011-2014)
  • West Australian of the Year Awards - judging panel (2011,2013)
  • APRA/AMC Art Music Awards judge
  • Perth International Jazz Festival - artistic committee member (2012-2014)
  • WA Youth Jazz Orchestra composition workshop mentor (2014-2015)

Education/Academic qualification

Music, BMus (Honours), Edith Cowan University

1 Jan 200630 Dec 2006

Award Date: 30 Dec 2006


Research Output

  • 1 Music Performance
  • 1 Recorded/ Rendered Performance

'Structured Units'

Luebbers, J., 2016

Research output: Non-textual formMusic PerformanceResearch

‘The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven’

Luebbers, J., 2016

Research output: Non-textual formRecorded/ Rendered PerformanceResearch


  • 1 Contribution to conference

2019 Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network Conference: Embodying Jazz and Improvisation: Playing with Ideas and Keeping It Real

Paul Williamson (Invited speaker), & Johannes Luebbers (Invited speaker)

1 Jun 20192 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference