Amaral, Heloisa

Brazilian pianist Heloisa Amaral has studied piano, historical keyboards and conducting in Freiburg (DE) and Oslo (NO). Her early interest for contemporary music has led to collaborations with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Spahlinger, Simon Steen-Andersen, Johannes Kreidler, Øyvind Torvund, Alvin Lucier, Phil Niblock, Erik Daehlin and Marina Rosenfeld. A former member of ensemble asamisimasa (2003-09), Heloisa works currently as a freelance, performing mainly as a soloist, with Duo Hellqvist/Amaral (vln/pn) or Ensemble neoN. Recent performances (2016) include concerts at Klang Festival (DK), Mata Festival New York (US) and Seoul Arts Center (KO).  In addition, Heloisa is active as teacher, curator and researcher, with special interest for the political and philosophical aspects of contemporary music practice. Between 2012-15 she was Head of Education at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and curator of Ultima Academy. Combining her interest in musical  performance, curatorial practices and music theatre, Heloisa pursues a PhD in artistic research at the Orpheus Institute (BE) since 2015 on the topic "More Fetish Objects to Haunt Us, or what to do with musical works from the past".

Heloisa Amaral 2012 in Darmstadt

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.

Mark Andre 2006 in Darmstadt, Photo: Günther Jockel

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Aperghis, Georges (Composition)

Born 1945 in Athens/Greece. He lives and works in Paris since 1963. His pieces are notably characterized by a questioning about languages and the meaning. His compositions, wether instrumental, vocal or for stage, explore the borders of the intelligible, he likes to create twisted tracks which allow him to keep active the listener (stories emerge but are suddenly refuted). Aperghis' music is not strictly linked to any dominant musical aesthetics of the contemporary musical creation but follows on his century by a dialogue with other forms of art and an extreme open-mindedness to intellectual, scientific and social fields. This „otherness" is combined with innovation when he includes electronics, video, machines, automatons or robots to his performances. 


Berweck, Sebastian (Electronics Atelier)

With over 220 premieres to his name, Sebastian Berweck is one of the most sought- after interpreters of experimental contemporary music. He has appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ultraschall, Maerzmusik, Inventionen, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and has participated at several ISCM World New Music Days, the pgnm festival Bremen, the piano+ festival at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Klangwerkstatt Berlin and Klangwerktage Hamburg, Spring in Heidelberg, Nous Sons Festival Barcelona, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses, and other major festivals for contemporary music.


Blaauw, Marco (Brass Academy - Trumpet)

Born in 1965. Studied first at the Sweelinck Konservatorium in Amsterdam and continued his studies later with Pierre Thibaud and Markus Stockhausen.
Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Germany.
He works in close collaboration with both established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Marco Blaauw, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg  Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm and Rebecca Saunders.

Since 1998 Marco Blaauw worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s MICHAELs REISE. He presented the premier of HARMONIES for trumpet for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has premiered many solo roles from the opera cycle LICHT.

Photo: Jose Verhaegh

Website Marco Blaauw

Chapman, Christine (Brass Academy – French Horn)

Raised in the coastline woods of western Michigan, Christine Chapman has traveled far and wide to pursue her passion for music. In 1990, after finishing her musical studies at the University of Michigan and Indiana University, she broke out of the rural heartland of America for an orchestra job on the still fresh border between East and West Germany. The desire to gain a bit of work experience before returning to the States has since turned into a quarter of a century of exploration and adventure.


Ciciliani, Marko (Composition)

Born 1970 in Croatia. Ciciliani's main interest combines performative electronic music – often in combination with instruments, and audiovisually extended means of laser-design, light-design or live-video. It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom which offers connection points for visual elements. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality. Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, computer music and media-art play tightly together.


Czernowin, Chaya (Composition)

Born 1957 in Haifa, is a composer of operas orchestral and chamber works which have been played worldwide. She was composer in residence in Salzburg festival, and Lucerne Festival. She is Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and was a Professor for Composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna Austria and the university of  California San Diego.

Czernowin works imaginatively and analytically with metaphors as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar and is never taken for granted attempting to give a voice to what is internally hidden from one’s view. Main pieces: the opera Pnima, the orchestral piece Maim (50’), and HIDDEN (45') for quartet and electronics.

Chaya Czernowin, Photo: Zvia Fridman
Website Chaya Czernowin

De Vega, Mario (Electronics Atelier)

Mario de Vega was born 1979 in Mexico City. Through site-specific interventions, sound, sculpture, actions and publications in diverse formats, his research explores the value of failure, vulnerability and simulation. De Vega has lead seminars, workshops and talks at Universität der Künste Berlin, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Technische Universität Berlin, Centro de Diseno, Cine d y Televisión, Braunschweig University of Art, KW Institut for Contemporary Art Berlin, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Goucher College, ArtPlay Center, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, between others. De Vega holds over 10 publications, in which stands out Atrás, the first retrospective of his works with texts by Guillermo Santamaria, Michel Blancsubé, Andrés Oriard and Björn Gottstein. His work has been exhibited in different contexts throughout Mexiko, North America, South Afrika, India, Russia, Japan und in Europe. He lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.

Mario de Vega 2012 with Splitter Orchestra in Darmstadt, Photo: Stefan Daub
Website Mario de Vega

Deutsch, Yaron (Guitar & E-Guitar)

Born 1978 in Tel Aviv/Israel. At age eighteen he led his first group – Ofek III – a fusion trio playing his own compositions. In 1999, he enrolled and did his studies at the “Rubin Academy for Music and Dance” in Jerusalem under the instruction of guitarists Steve Paskof and Yossi Levi. In 2006 together with saxophonist Gan Lev he founded the Tel Aviv based quartet for Contemporary Music – Ensemble Nikel.
With the ensemble and as a soloist he has been frequently collaborating with both established and young composers, giving world premiere performances to pieces by Mark Barden, Franck Bedrossian, Michael Beil, Pierluigi Billone, Raphaël Cendo, Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstätter, Bernard Gander, Philippe Hurel, Marco Momi, Helmut Oehring, Stefan Prins, Alexander Schubert and Michael Wertmüller to name a few.


Dierstein, Christian (Percussion)

Born in 1965, Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contempory music of our time. He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the Trio Accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.

Christian Dierstein (left) teaching in Darmstadt 2010, Photo: Anja Trautmann
Website Christian Dierstein

Einarsdóttir, Gunnhildur (Harp)

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir started studying the harp at the age of 13 in Iceland. After high-school graduation, she continued her studies with Brigitte Sylvestre at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and later with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. She went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction and a Master of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where her teacher was the renowned harpist and pedagogue Erika Waardenburg. During her studies in Holland, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir specialized in the performance of contemporary music but also attended classes in early harp performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she learned to play the Italian triple harp under the guidance of Christina Pluhar. In December 2013 Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir received her Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her thesis is a manual for composers on contemporary harp notation and technique. The thesis is published on-line at: www.harpnotation.com


Feiler, Dror (Composition)

Born in 1951 in Tel Aviv. Feiler grew up in a kibbutz in Israel and moved to Sweden in 1973. First he studied there at the Fylkingen Institute of New Music. In 1977-1978 he studied musicology at Stockholm University. Between 1978-1983 he studied composition at the State College of Music with Gunnar Bucht, Sven-David Sandström, and Brian Ferneyhough in Stockholm.

Dror Feiler must rank as one of Sweden’s leading composers and improvisation musicians. In the recent years his reputation as a musician and composer is growing fast and some of the most important European orchestras, festivals and ensembles has commissioned works from him (Stockholm New Music Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Huddersfiled Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern)

Since the mid-70s he performed with his own improvisation group Lokomotiv konkret and The too much too soon Orchestra, and other groups as a saxophone soloist in several countries.


Fels, Lucas (Cello)

Born 1962 in Lörrach/Germany, studied in Freiburg with Christoph Henkel, in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma,and in Fiesole and Florence with Amadeo Baldovino. He also participated in master classes with Antonio Janigro, Siegfried Palm and Bruno Canino, among others. He is a founding member of ensemble recherche and since 1985 has participated in almost 400 premieres in the area of contemporary chamber and ensemble music. His close relationship with composers like Klaus Huber, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Beat Furrer led to numerous works being dedicated to him. Since the end of 2005 he has been a member of the Arditti Quartet, succeeding Rohan de Saram. 

Lucas Fels (left) with Pieter Matthynssens and Hans Thomalla (background) in Darmstadt 2010

Ferneyhough, Brian (Composition)

Born in 1943 in Coventry/UK. His formal education took place at the Birmingham School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London, and then he studied with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam and with Klaus Huber at the Basel Conservatoire. In 2000 he joined the faculty at Stanford University and was named William H. Bonsall Professor in Music. In 2007 Ferneyhough’s career achievements were recognized by an Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. The name Brian Ferneyhough is irrevocably connected with the term „new complexity.“ His compositions make the greatest technical demands on the player. Next to his outstanding reputation as a composer he also counts among the most important composition teachers of his generation. He taught composition at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag, and the University of California, San Diego. Brian Ferneyhough has been teaching at the International Summer Course for New Music since 1976, his most recent appearance was in 2014.

Brian Ferneyhough in Darmstadt 2012, Photo: Daniel Pufe

Filidei, Francesco (Composition)

Born in Pisa in 1973, Francesco Filidei graduated from the Conservatory of Florence and the Paris Conservatoire. As organist and composer, he has been invited by the most important festivals of contemporary music.
After obtaining a commission from the IRCAM Reading Committee in 2005, he was awarded the Salzburg Music Förderpreisträger (2006), the Takefu Prize (2007), the Siemens Förderpreisträger (2009), the UNESCO Picasso / Miró Medal of the Rostrum of Composers (2011), the Abbiati Prize (2015). He was composer-in-residence at the Schloss Solitude Academy in 2005, member of the Casa de Velázquez in 2006 and 2007 and resident at the Villa Medici in 2012-13. He is a fellow of the DAAD Berlin and composer-in-residence at 2e2m in 2015. He has taught composition at Royaumont (“Voix Nouvelles”), the University of Iowa, Takefu, the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, and at Barga inaudita. His works are published by Rai Trade.

Frank, Patrick (Visiting Composer)

Born 1975 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. Studied piano, music theory, and composition at Zurich's HdK, later completing a degree at the University of Luzern in cultural studies, philosophy, and sociology. He has created several art projects, including SEIN/NICHTS (WorldNewMusic Days04, Zurich 2003), Konzert-Installation Limina (IGNM, Basel 2006), Projekt Limina (Europäischen Zentrum der Künste Hellerau, Dresden 2007), wir sind aussergewöhnlich I–III (Sophiensaele Berlin, Gessnerallee Zürich, Festival Tonlagen, Dresden 2013-14), Freiheit – die eutopische Gesellschaft I–III (Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015, Gessnerallee Zürich, Geneva 2015/16).


Fricke, Stefan (Writing Workshop)

Born in Unna/Germany, after his civil service studied musicology and German literature at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrooklyn. In 1989 he founded the PFAU Press together with Sigrid Konrad. Teaching appointments and workshops regularly lead him to various academic institutions. He is an author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary music. Since 2000 Stefan Fricke is on the board of the German delegation of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and a member of the expert committee on New Music for the German music advisory board (Deutscher Musikrat). In 2007, he directed the editorial department of the Studio Akustische Kunst for West German Radio in Cologne. Since 2008, he is editor in chief for New Music and Sound Art at Hessian Broadcasting (hr2-kultur) in Frankfurt.

Stefan Fricke’s last appearance at the Darmstadt Summer Course was in 2014. In 2016, he will be one of the „Editors-in-Chief“ of the Writing Workshop.

Stefan Fricke performing John Cage's "59 1/2" in Darmstadt 2012, Photo: Daniel Pufe

Furrer, Beat (Visiting Composer)

Born 1954 in Schaffhausen/Switzerland. Received his first musical training on piano at the Music School there. After moving to Vienna in 1975, he studied conducting with Otmar Suitner and composition with Roman Haubenstock Ramati at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. In 1985 he founded the Klangforum Wien, which he directed until 1992, and with which he is still associated as conductor. Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, he composed his first opera Die Blinden. His second opera Narcissus was premiered in 1994 as part of the Festival "steirischer herbst" at the Graz Opera.


Furrer, Eva (Flute & Yoga)

Born 1965 in Judenburg/Austria, studied at the Kunstuniversität in Graz and at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Wolfgang Schulz. Soon thereafter she received the Award of Appreciation for outstanding artistic achievement from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. After several years of orchestral engagements Eva Furrer specialized in contemporary music and  became a member of Klangforum Wien in 1990. Solo appearances at the most eminent international music festivals, among others, with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Klangforum Vienna, the Vienna RSO and Lucerne Festival Orchestra under such conductors as Sylvain Cambreling, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger and Hans Zender. Other areas of specialization are improvisation, the expansion of flute technique on rare instruments (contrabass flute), and yoga instruction for instrumentalists and composers.

Eva Furrer 2010 in Darmstadt, Photo: Anja Trautmann

Fussenegger, Uli (Double Bass)

Born 1966 in Feldkirch/Austria. He has played for over 20 years at the most important festivals on all continents, both as soloist and as ensemble player, and as a member of Klangforum Wien. Numerous works have been composed for him (including pieces by Georges Aperghis, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer, and Mauricio Sotelo) and were premiered by him. In addition, he concertizes in the realms of free improvisation and of electronics. He participated in diverse CD/DVD/TV productions as performer, composer, recording supervisor, and producer. Fussenegger is the dramaturg and project developer for Klangforum Wien. He is also the founder, producer, and distributor of the CD label Durian Records. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne, at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, and at the Ensemble Academy „Impuls“ in Graz.
Uli Fussenegger has been a tutor of the Darmstadt Summer Course since 2002.

Uli Fussenegger 2010 in Darmstadt playing "Parlando" by Georges Aperghis, Photo: Albrecht Haag

Hagen, Lars Petter (Visiting Composer)

Born 1975 in Ski outside Oslo/Norway. Studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. His music has been performed at festivals like Donaueschinger Musiktage, Maerzmusik, Eclat, and Gaudeamus Music Week by ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden- Baden, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to vocal and instrumental music he works with sound installations and music for stage and film.

Lars Petter Hagen, Foto: Ellen Lande Gossner

Website Lars Petter Hagen

Helbich, David (Performance & Composition)

Born 1973 in Berlin. Studied composition and philosophy in Amsterdam and in Freiburg/D; lives and works since 2002 in Brussels. He created various experimental works on stage, on page, online and in public space. His trajectory moves between representative and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions. A recurrent interest is the understanding of an audience as active individuals and the search for an opening up of experiences in an artistically restricted space. At this year's Darmstadt Summer Course he will be – together with Jennifer Walshe – responsible for the workshop „Composer – Performer".

David Helbich, Photo: Katja Dreyer
Website David Helbich

Hodges, Nicolas (Piano)

Born 1970 in London/UK. He studied at Winchester College and Cambridge University. His teachers were Robert Bottone, Susan Bradshaw, and Sulamita Aronovsky. He also studied composition with Michael Finnissy and Robin Holloway. New Music is at the center of his concertizing, though he also enjoys combining modern and classical works. He was a soloist with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonics of Tokyo, Stockholm, and Helsinki; the Bamberg Symphony; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; and diverse Radio Orchestras of Germany and the UK, working with conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Oliver Knussen, James Levine, Jonathan Nott, Peter Rundel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Hans Zender. Numerous works were written specially for him, among them the piano concerto with video projection „In Seven Days“, by Thomas Adès, and Elliott Carter’s piano concerto „Dialogues“, of which he and the London Sinfonietta have given first performances in many countries since its premiere in 2004. He is pianist of Trio Accanto (together with Christian Dierstein and Marcus Weiss). Hodges has been piano tutor at the Darmstadt Summer Course since 2000.

Nicolas Hodges (right) with Hans Thomalla 2010 in Darmstadt, Photo: Jens Steingässer
Website Nicolas Hodges

Iddon, Martin (Composition)

Born in 1975 in Manchester, UK. Iddon is a composer and musicologist. His music has been performed and broadcast on radio and TV in North America, Europe, and Australasia by musicians including Ensemble SurPlus, Distractfold, Ensemble Interface, ekmeles, the Kairos Quartett, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, and Rei Nakamura. A portrait CD, pneuma, was released in 2014. His string trio, Danaë, won the chamber music category of the 2014 British Composer Awards. His books, New Music at Darmstadt and John Cage and David Tudor, are both published by Cambridge University Press. His music is published by Composers Edition.

Jennings, Graeme (Violin)

Born 1968 in Australia. The violinist and violist is a former member of the  Arditti String Quartet (1994-2005). He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 80 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has worked with and been complimented on his interpretations by many of the leading composers of our time. Graeme is a member of Australia’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Lunaire Collective and the Kurilpa String Quartet. He has also performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Guest Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony.


Kirchmayr, Susanne – aka Electric Indigo (Electronics Atelier)

Electric Indigo works as musician, composer and DJ representing the intelligent interpretation of techno and electronic music. She started her DJ career in 1989 in Vienna and worked at the legendary Hard Wax record store in Berlin from 1993 to 1996. In 1998, she created female:pressure, an international database for female artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts which got an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2009. In 2012, she received the 'oustanding artist award' in the category Computer Music and the national grant for composition 2013 from the Austrian Ministry for Arts and Culture. She makes music for concert spaces, clubs, sound installations and occasionally for stage plays and short films. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly elaborated sounds and structures, often generated from speech recordings. Electric Indigo shuttles between Vienna and Berlin.

Lang, Klaus (Composition)

Born 1971 Graz/Austria, lives in Steirisch Lassnitz (Austria). He studied composition and theory of music (with H. M. Preßl, B. Furrer and Y. Pagh-Paan) and organ. Klaus Lang loves tea and dislikes lawnmowers and Richard Wagner. Klaus Lang’s music is not a means to convey extramusical contents, such as emotions, philosophical or religious ideas, political propaganda, advertisement etc. His music is no language used to communicate non-musical content.


Leichtmann, Hanno (Elektronics Atelier)

Born in 1970. Came to Berlin in the early 90s as percussionist and improviser and founded together with other musicians the so called „EchtzeitMusikSzene“ (Real Time Music Scene). He turned to Electronic Music in the late 90s and published several albums, 12“ and remixes under the pseudonym STATIC and toured with that through Europe, Japan, North and South America.

Together with Lars Rudolph he wrote the music for the dance performance and film ALLEE DER KOSMONAUTEN by Sasha Waltz & Guests, he composed the soundtrack for CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF’s unfinished film AFRICAN TWINTOWERS as well as several radio pieces under the direction of LEONARD KOPPELMANN for WDR and NDR.



Malzacher, Florian

Florian Malzacher is artistic director of Impulse Theater Festival in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Mulheim/Ruhr, Germany as well as an independent performing arts curator, dramaturge and writer. 2006 till 2012 he was co-programmer of the multidisciplinary arts festival steirischer herbst in Graz, Austria.  As a freelance dramaturge he has worked with artists like Rimini Protokoll, Lola Arias, and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He (co-)curated e.g. the 170 hours non-stop marathon camp “Truth is concrete” on artistic strategies in politics (Graz, 2012), the performative conference “Appropriations” (Ethnological Museum Berlin, 2014) and the congress “Artist Organisations International” (Berlin, 2015).   His latest publications include “Truth is concrete. A handbook for artistic strategies in real politics” (Sternberg Press 2014) and “Not Just a Mirror. Searching for the Political Theatre of Today“ (Alexander Verlag 2015).


2016 is Florian Malzacher's first stint as tutor of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Together with David Helbich, he will hold a the workshop "Figures of Intervention – Bodies in Public".

Florian Malzacher (c) Wolfgang Silveri
Website Florian Malzacher

Meanwell, Peter (Writing Workshop)

Peter Meanwell is Artistic Director of Borealis – a festival for experimental music in Bergen, Norway. Commissioning and working with new composition, sound art and improvisation, he is interested in work that renegotiates the concert experience, and music that falls between the genre gaps. As a journalist he has written for the Wire and Songlines, and for 10 years worked as a radio producer for the BBC; working primarily with classical and experimental music broadcasting, documentary making and ethnographic field recording.

Peter Meanwell, Photo: Magnus Håland Sunde

Michel-Dansac, Donatienne (Voice)

Born in France. Began music studies (violin and piano) at the Conservatoire National de Région in Nantes at age seven. At age 11 she became a member of the children’s chorus of the opera in Nantes. In 1985 she was taken into the voice class of the Paris Conservatoire. Thanks to her close collaboration with IRCAM (since 1993) she has premiered numerous works by such composers as Philippe Manoury, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Leroux. Donatienne Michel-Dansac is also intensely involved with baroque repertoire.

Donatienne Michel-Dansac 2012 in Darmstadt, Photo: Stefan Daub

Molinari, Ernesto (Clarinet)

Born 1956 in Lugano/Switzerland. Studied clarinet in Basel and bass clarinet in Amsterdam. His active performing schedule as chamber musician and as soloist has taken him to the most important festivals throughout Europe, such as the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Salzburg and the Lucerne Festivals, and Wien Modern. Along with the interpretation of classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire, Molinari practices jazz and improvisation. He premiered numerous works which have been composed for him. Radio and CD recordings, including works by Arnold Schönberg, Brian Ferneyhough, Jean Barraqué, Michael Jarrell and Emanuel Nunes document his activities.

Ernesto Molinari 2012 in Darmstadt, Photo: Daniel Pufe
Website Ernesto Molinari

Neset, Anne Hilde (Writing Workshop)

Anne Hilde Neset is a curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster. She works as Artistic Director of Oslo based music organisation nyMusikk and is a presenter of the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction, as well as a Contributing Editor of The Wire magazine, a monthly international music publication. She is also the co-founder of Electra Productions in London.

Curatorial projects include the Latitude Contemporary Art Prize (Latitude Festival), Her Noise (South London Gallery) and the Kim Gordon, Tony Oursler and Phil Morrison collaboration Perfect Partner (Barbican Centre). She has lectured at MIT, London’s LCC, Bergen Art Academy, Oxford University, Middlesex University, Oslo Art Academy as well as co-curating a host of festivals internationally, such as the literary music festival Off The Page in UK and Norway and Only Connect Festival of Sound in Oslo. She devised and taught Sound And The 20th Century Avant Garde, a lecture series on sound art for Tate Modern. She is a regular guest on Stuart Maconie’s BBC Radio 6 show. Her writing appears in The Wire, Klassekampen (Norway), Morgenbladet, in several many art catalogues and book anthologies.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Vocal Chamber Music)

They are researchers, discoverers, adventurers and idealists. Their partners are specialist ensembles and radio orchestras, opera houses and the free theater scene, electronic studios and countless organizers of contemporary music festivals and concert series in the world.

The Neue Vocalsolisten established as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music in 1984. Founded under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte, the vocal chamber ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to "basso profondo", shapes the work on chamber music and the co-operation with the composers and other interpreters through his/her distinguished artistic creativity.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (c) Martin Sigmund

Newski, Sergej (Visiting Composer)

Born 1972 in Moscow/Russia. After completing studies in the specialist music school at the State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, specialising in music theory, he studied composition with Jörg Herchet at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, and with Friedrich Goldmann at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. There he also studied music theory and pedagogy with Hartmut Fladt. Masterclasses with Vinko Globokar and Matthias Spahlinger, meetings with Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer and Helmut Oehring, and contacts with the free improvisation scene in Berlin have all had a lasting influence on his development as a composer.
Since 1994 his music has been performed at the leading international New Music festivals, including the Donauechingen Festival, Wien Modern, Éclat, the Gaudeamus Music Week, the Berliner Festwochen, the ISCM World New Music Days, the Moscow Territoryfest, and UltraSchall.


Polisoidis, Dimitrios (Viola)

Born in 1961 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied the violin with Dany Dossiou in his home town, later attended the University of Music, Graz, where he was taught by Christos Poyzoides and also studied the viola with Herbert Blendinger. From 1990 to 1993 he was principal viola player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz. In 1993 he became a member of Klangforum Wien.

He is devoting himself mainly to new music and to performing with experimental improvisation groups.  He has performed internationally and worked with many composers such as Peter Ablinger, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Gösta Neuwirth, Olga Neuwirth and George Lopez, who wrote works especially for him.



Poore, Melvyn (Brass Academy - Tuba)

Born in 1951. From the age of four, he played euphonium. Later, he started piano as well; and at twelve he finally decided in favour of tuba. From 1971 to 1975 he studied in the University of Birmingham. Afterwards he acted in there as a musical leader of the Arts lab and organised concerts and Workshops. From 1979 to 1986 he was active as a composer and in groups like the Cambrian Brass Quintet, Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Georg Gräwe´s  Grubenklangorchester, Wolfgang Fuch´s King Übü Orchestrü, Radu Malfatti´s Ohrkiste, the Contraband and the English Tuba Consort. With Pinguin Moschner, Larry Fishkind and Paul Rutherford he founded in 1981 the „European Tuba Quartet“ which exists (with Carl Ludwig Hübsch) till today.


Rebhahn, Michael (Lecture Coordination)

Born 1972. Studied musicology, art history and philosophy, finishing with a PhD in musicology (dissertation on the musical aesthetics of John Cage, published as „We must arrange everything. Erfahrung, Rahmung und Spiel bei John Cage“. Saarbrücken: Pfau, 2012). From 1997 to 2000 he worked as an assistant editor for the „Neue Zeitschrift für Musik“ and as an author for the cultural TV-program 3sat-Kulturzeit. Lectures and Talks a. o. at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Philipps-University Marburg and Harvard University. In 2007 he was editor-in-chief for New Music at the Hessischer Rundfunk. Since 2000 he has produced numerous radio features, for the contemporary music programs of a.o. Deutschlandradio Kultur, hr2-kultur, SWR 2 and WDR 3. Since 2015 Michael Rebhahn works as editor for contemporary music at the Südwestrundfunk in Baden-Baden.

Since 2012 he is a tutor at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt and co-editor of the series „Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik“.

Photo: Lukas Einsele

Reynolds, Roger (Composition)

Born 1934 in Detroit/USA. Composer, writer, producer and mentor. A pioneer in sound spatialization, intermedia and also algorithmic concepts. Critical commentary describes him as having an uncommonly broad and visionary profile, as a synthesizer of diverse capacities and perspectives. He is a noted writer on his own music and that of others, on compositional method and ideals, and has for decades been a guiding force in the evolution of UCSD’s innovative graduate program in music.  He has been an organizer of events such as ONCE (Ann Arbor), A Colloquium on Form and Time (Ircam), CROSS TALK (Tokyo), Horizons ’84 (New York), The Pacific Ring and Xenakis@UCSD festivals (San Diego).


Ronchetti, Lucia (Composition)

1963 born in Rome/Italy, Lucia Ronchetti studied Composition and Computer Music at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Philosophy at the University of Rome. In Paris, she took composition seminars with Gérard Grisey, participated in the annual computer music courses at IRCAM (1997) and obtained her PhD in musicology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sorbonne, under the direction of François Lesure (1999).
In 2005 she was Visiting Scholar (Fulbright fellow) at the Columbia University Music Department in New York, at the invitation of Tristan Murail.
Other important working experiences include those with Sylvano Bussotti (Scuola di musica di Fiesole, 1981-1984), Salvatore Sciarrino (Corsi internazionali di Città di Castello, 1989-1991), Hans Werner Henze (Marino, 1993-1996), Folkmar Hein (Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin, 2006-2009), André Richard (Experimentalstudio des SWR, Freiburg, 2003-2005).
Lucia Ronchetti has frequently been composer in residence: Villa Concordia, Bamberg; Studio für elektroakustische Musik, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Schlossmediale Werdenberg, Zürich; Yaddo, New York; Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Berlin; Fulbright scholar program, New York; Staatsoper of Stuttgart; Experimentalstudio des SWR, Freiburg; MacDowell Colony, Boston; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Cité internationale des arts, Paris; Fondation Nadia Boulanger, Paris; Fondation des Treilles, Paris.

Lucia Ronchetti, Photo: Stefano Corso
Website Lucia Ronchetti

Sánchez-Chiong, Jorge (Composition)

Born 1969 in Caracas/Venezuela. He studied in Vienna under Francis Burt and Michael Jarrell. Sánchez-Chiong is a member of the NewTonEnsemble and co-founder of the composer group „Gegenklang“. His works, which take the vitality and spontaneity of improvisation as their point of departure, often transcend the bounds of the concert hall and find their continuation in the realms of experimental theater, video art, dance, and electronics. An emphasis of his work is close collaboration with artists from different disciplines and stylistic directions, including Joke Lanz, Christian Weber and Michaela Grill. He has also appeared as turntablist in various formations in the free improvisation scene. His stylistic openness shows in his oeuvre, which includes solo, ensemble, and orchestra works, chamber music and electronic music, multimedia projects and  improvisation guidelines – using everything from classical instrumentations to formations such as electric bass and turntable.

Jorge Sánchez-Chiong 2010 in Darmstadt, Photo: Jens Steingässer
Website Joege Sánchez-Chiong

Sarhan, François (Visiting Composer)

Born 1972. French composer, writer and stage director. He studied with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. His works have been presented at international festivals, including Musica, Donaueschingen, Wittener Tage, Ars Musica, Holland Festival, Maerzmusik, Eclat, Festival d'Art lyrique d'Aix en Provence and others. He is noted for creating his own music-theatre and multimedia works in which he himself often performs. He collaborated with South African artist William Kentridge on Telegrams from the Nose, which was presented more than 30 times. He has directed his own
work since 2008, including video and texts. He recently opened his first exhibition in Paris, initiating a new aspect of his art, with videos, collages and artist books. Sarhan taught at IRCAM between 1998 and 2002, at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg from 1999 to 2004, and at the UdK Berlin since 2013. He wrote a History of Music (published in 2002 by Flammarion, Paris), and is the initiator of the artistic collective CRWTII, which has created and performed multimedia projects since 2000.

Saunders, Rebecca (Visiting Composer)

Born in London in 1967. She studied composition at Edinburgh University with Nigel Osborne and with Wolfgang Rihm in Germany. Rebecca Saunders lives in Berlin.
Sculptural properties of organised sound takes more and more center of her compositions. chroma (2003-2013) has explored 19 different versions of a collage of twenty-four chamber groups and sound sources in radically different achitectural spaces. insideout, a collage for a choreographed installation, was her first work for the stage and was created in collaboration with Sasha Waltz. Also the works Stirrings, Stirrings Still I and II, and murmurs, are quiet and fragile collage compositions. Her most recent spatial work, Stasis, comprises 23 modules for 16 soloists, and expanding her complex instrumental collage structures to an hour. The characteristics of each new architecture define the formal juxtapositions of the various chamber music groups, whereby each solo or group is like a protagonist in a form of instrumental theatre.

Rebecca Saunders, Photo: Karin Schander
Rebecca Saunders @ Edition Peters

Seidl, Hannes (Visiting Composer)

Born in Bremen, Germany in 1977. Between 1998 and 2003 he studied composition at the Folkwang- Hochschule Essen with Nicolas A. Huber, Th. Neuhaus and in 2003/2004 with Beat Furrer in Graz. He received different scholarships for his work including from the Darmstadt Summer Courses, Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the DAAD. He has won prizes e.g at Impuls Graz (2004), Landesmusikrat Bremen (2006) and Best Experimental Film for “Film für übers Sofa” (together with Daniel Kötter) at the Bolzano Short Film Festival (2010).

Hannes Seidl has worked with ensembes such as Ensemble Modern, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Mosaik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Oriol, Thürmchen Ensemble, ensemble courage, ensemble Intégrales or the Neuen Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. His compositions have been performed internationally at the ultraschall festival Berlin, ultima Oslo, steirischer herbst Graz, ECLAT,  warshaw autumn and others.


Sollmann, Phillip (Efdemin) (Electronics Atelier)

Born 1974 in Kassel/Germany. Addresses in his works different levels of sound. Whether working as a composer, DJ and sound artist, he is especially interested in the nuances and the search for the unheard. He studied Electroacoustic Music in Vienna (ELAK) and lives in Berlin since 2005. Under his real name he works as an artist and composer, under the pseudonym Efdemin he has released on Dial Records three transboundary albums and performs as a techno DJ continuously clubs and festivals around the globe. In Berlin, he is a regular at Berghain, where the ballet „Mass“ was premiered with his music. He taught at the École Média Art, Chalon-sur-Saône, and the HfG Offenbach and composed music for the State Theatre Stuttgart. Sollmann was a fellow at Villa Massimo, Villa Kamogawa and Music Board Berlin, and played his music among other venues at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Café Oto London or Kunstverein Braunschweig.

Steen-Andersen, Simon (Composition)

Born 1976 in Odder/Denmark. Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works from the last 6-7 years concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video (playback, interactive and live-video), simple everyday objects and obsolete electronics or homemade constructions/extensions/preparations of the instruments.

Stene, Håkon (Percussion)

Håkon Stene studied in Oslo, Freiburg and San Diego with Rob Waring, Kjell Samkopf, Bernhard Wulff, Pascal Pons, and Steven Schick among others. From 2005-2008 he was selected for the launch programme INTRO for young soloist by Concerts Norway. His solo record Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal was awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) 2014 in contemporary music.

Solo and chamber performances with ensembles such as asamisimasa, Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory, Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Klangforum Wien, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, and Nils Økland Ensemble include venues and festivals such as Barbican, Casa da Música Porto, Berlin Philharmonie, Donaueschingen, Ultima, Wien Modern, Primavera Sound, Venezia Biennale, Southbank Centre, Monday Evening Concerts LA, Melbourne Music Week, and tours throughout Europe, US and Asia as well as recordings for several labels such as ECM, Rough Trade, Dacapo, and Sub Rosa, as well as radio and TV. Stene collaborates with numerous composers and has premiered some 80 chamber works.


Sterev, Krassimir (Accordion)

Born in Bulgaria, where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, as well as in Denmark where he held a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating as accordion soloist. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers like Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb and Georg Schulz. Krassimir Sterev performs internationally as a soloist and member of chamber music formations, ensembles and orchestras and plays at many renowned festivals. His engagements include appearances in various theatre and dance theatre productions and projects specifically developed for children.


Strosser, Geneviève (Viola)

After studying viola in Strasbourg in Claude Ducrocq's class, Geneviève Strosser was taught by Serge Collot and Jean Sulem at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (unanimous premier prix and advanced classes) then with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Yuri Bashmet, Franco Donatoni and György Kurtág in the framework of master classes. She performs regularly with various contemporary music ensembles as Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien or Contrechamps under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Heinz Holliger amongst others, and was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt until 2000. In addition to playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, she was a member of the Vellinger String Quartet in London.

Geneviève Strosser (c) Kajimoto
Website Kajimoto Artists

Svoboda, Mike (Brass Academy - Trombone)

Born 1960 on the island of Guam, grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982. His eleven years as trombonist and assistant with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda's musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, David Lang, and Frank Zappa, Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at major festivals throughout the world.
Mike Svoboda returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen and has since received commissions, mostly for works spanning an entire concert, from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT festival Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim and the State Opera in Stuttgart. Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence. Often involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble, he composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining - through the use of text and various musical styles - both traditional and avant-garde.

Photo: Jens Klatt
Website Mike Svoboda

Takasugi, Steven Kazuo (Composition)

Born 1960 in Los Angeles/USA. Studied composition with Noah Creshevsky, Bunita Marcus, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Joji Yuasa and Roger Reynolds (PhD chair), as well as computer music with Charles Dodge, F. Richard Moore, and Harold Cohen. His undergraduate work began at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York. He received his masters and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of California, San Diego and has held artists and guest residencies in Japan, Germany, France, Israel, Austria, and the United States.


Veale, Peter (Oboe)

Along with various education programs, which he developed and realised with and for Ensemble Musikfabrik, he has been the artistic director of Studio Musikfabrik, the youth ensemble for contemporary music of Landesmusikrat NRW (North-Rhein-Westfalia) since 2012.
Since 1994 Peter Veale returned regularly to be tutor for Oboe at the Darmstadt Summer Course. Besides his oboe classes Peter Veale will direct a workshop with Studio musikFabrik, a Youth Ensemble for New Music.

Peter Veale, Ensemble musikFabrik, Foto: Klaus Rudolf

Walshe, Jennifer (Performance & Composition)

Born 1974 in Dublin/Ireland. She studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition 2002 with Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. Jennifer won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. She was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm and of the Fondazione Claudio Buziol. She also was composer-in-residence in South Dublin County for In Context 3 . Besides, she was awarded from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York and the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur. She is currently Reader in Music at Brunel University, London where she also lives.

Jennifer Walshe performing in Darmstadt 2012, Photo: Stefan Daub

Website Jennifer Walshe

Weiss, Marcus (Saxophone)

Born in 1961 in Basel, Switzerland.  Marcus Weiss is a saxophone player and teacher (classical and contemporary music). He has studied with Iwan Roth at the Hochschule fuer Musik Basel and Frederick L. Hemke at Northwestern University in Evanston/Chicago. In 1989, he was awarded the soloist’s prize of the Swiss Tonkuenstlerverein.
His repertoire includes all epochs, from the beginnings in impressionistic France to the present. He has played a crucial role in increasing the repertoire for the saxophone with numerous premieres of new works, among the rest of Georges Aperghis, John Cage, beat Furrer, Vinko Globokar, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Hanspeter Kyburz, Helmut Lachenmann, Giorgio Netti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Detlev Müller-Siemens, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nadir Vassena.
As a soloist, Marcus Weiss worked with many european orchestras and ensembles of contemporary music. He was been invited to major festivals in Europa, but also in the US and in Asia. - As a chamber musician, Marcus Weiss is primarily working with his two ensembles, Trio Accanto (Nicolas Hodges, piano and Christian Dierstein, percussion) and XASAX in Paris (with saxophonists Serge Bertocchi, Jean-Michel Goury and Pierre-Stéphane Meugé).