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. 


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

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.


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).


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.


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

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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
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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.

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.


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.


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
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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.


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.

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.


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