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 and educator, Johannes is interested in research that impacts these aspects of creative practice. Current research interests include:

  • Collaboration
  • Jazz Composition
  • Musical Arrangement
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Theory and Ear Training


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:

  • Convenor of Composiiton and Music Technology
  • ATS1046 Composition and Music Technology 1 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS1047 Composition and Music Technology 2 (Coordinator)
  • ATS2127 Composition and Music Technology 3 (Coordinator)
  • ATS2128 Composition and Music Technology 4 (Coordinator)
  • ATS3140 Composition and Music Technology 5 (Coordinator)
  • ATS3141 Composition and Music Technology 6 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS1899 Music Theory and Ear Training 1 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS1900 Music Theory and Ear Training 2 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS2901 Music Theory and Ear Training 3 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS2902 Music Theory and Ear Training 4 (Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor)
  • ATS2333 Jazz History (Lecturer)

Previous teaching commitments include:

  • 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), Transforming Messiaen: the application of elements of the musical language of Olivier Messiaen to the contemporary jazz orchestra, Edith Cowan University

1 Jan 200630 Dec 2006

Award Date: 30 Dec 2006

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