Andre, Mark (Composition)

Born 1964 in Paris/France. After his studies in France, including those at the Paris Conservatory with Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey, Mark Andre found a new musical home in Germany. He describes the encounter with the music of Helmut Lachenmann, the score of whose piano concerto Ausklang he came upon rather accidentally, as having been a revelation. He subsequently went through extensive composition studies with Lachenmann at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart, and studied musical electronics with André Richard at the experimental studio of Southwest German Radio, in the meantime moving the focus of his life from France to Germany. Here he soon received grants and prizes, such as the Kranichsteiner Music Prize at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (1996), first prize at the Stuttgart International Composers Competition (1997), and the composition prize from Frankfurt Opera (2001). In 1998, he received his first invitation to teach at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. In 2002, he received the Advancement Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


Particular interest was aroused by the 2004 premiere of Mark Andre’s tripartite music theatre work …22, 13… at the Munich Biennale. This work’s title refers to a passage in the Apocalypse of St. John. His orchestral triptych …auf… that he completed in 2007 and whose final section was premiered in Donaueschingen, received the prize from the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and similarly refers to a religious theme. Here Mark Andre explored the aspects of transition present and latent in the resurrection of Christ. Andre, who now resides in Berlin, has a soft spot for German prepositions, the grammatical elements with the function of transition, as illustrated in numerous other work titles, such as those of the four chamber music works written between 2001 and 2005: …durch…, …zu…, …in…, and …als….
E 2 for cello and double bass was premiered by the Scharoun Ensemble at the Salzburg Festival in 2013. wunderzaichen, under the musical direction of Sylvain Cambreling, became one of the highlights of the 2013/14 season at the Stuttgart Opera, which also commissioned the piece. Composed over a period of seven years, the opera tells the story of the first German humanist Johannes Ruechlin, a fifteenth-century Hebrew scholar, whose present-day alter ego is sent on a trip to Israel. In May 2015, Carolin Widmann performed the world premiere of Mark Andre’s new violin concerto an at the ACHT BRÜCKEN festival in Cologne.


In the 2015/16 season Jörg Widmann and the SWR Symphony Orchestra have premiered Andre's clarinet concerto as part of  Donaueschinger Musiktage; to celebrate Helmut Lachenmann’s 80th birthday Mark Andre is writing a percussion solo for Christian Dierstein, as well as a new work for  Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Furthermore, he is working on a trilogy of ensemble works, the first of which – Riss – was premiered by the Ensemble Modern at the Musikfest Frankfurt in 2014 to critical acclaim. The second work will follow in spring 2016, performed by the musikFabrik Cologne.


Mark Andre is a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts as well as of the Saxon Academy of the Arts, and was honoured with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. He teaches composition at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg and at the Academy of Music in Dresden.

 

2016 will be Mark Andre's fifth stint as composition tutor at the Darmstadt Summer Course.

Mark Andre 2006 in Darmstadt, Photo: Günther Jockel

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Born 1964 in Paris/France. After his studies in France, including those at the Paris Conservatory with Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey, Mark Andre found a new musical home in Germany. He describes the encounter with the music of Helmut Lachenmann, the score of whose piano concerto Ausklang he came upon rather accidentally, as having been a revelation. He subsequently went through extensive composition studies with Lachenmann at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart, and studied musical electronics with André Richard at the experimental studio of Southwest German Radio, in the meantime moving the focus of his life from France to Germany. Here he soon received grants and prizes, such as the Kranichsteiner Music Prize at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (1996), first prize at the Stuttgart International Composers Competition (1997), and the composition prize from Frankfurt Opera (2001). In 1998, he received his first invitation to teach at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. In 2002, he received the Advancement Award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

Mark Andre 2006 in Darmstadt, Photo: Günther Jockel