Amaral, Heloisa

has studied piano, historical keyboards and conducting in Freiburg/Germany and Oslo. Her interest for experimental music has led to collaborations with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Natasha Barrett, Simon Steen-Andersen, Johannes Kreidler, Alvin Lucier, Phil Niblock, Jan St. Werner, Marina Rosenfeld, Joanna Bailie et al. Amaral performs mainly as soloist and with the Duo Hellqvist/Amaral (initiator of projects like Disobediences in Sound or the artistic exchange platform Impossible Situations), Amaral/Zöllner or Ensemble neoN.
In addition to her work as a performer, she is active as teacher, curator and artist-researcher. In 2012 she co-created Ultima Academy at the Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival together with Lars Petter Hagen and programmed it until 2015.

Heloisa Amaral 2012 in Darmstadt

Billone, Pierluigi (Composition)

Born in 1960 in Bergamasque Alps/Italy. Pierluigi Billone lives in Vienna. He studied composition with Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann.
From 2006 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, Billone has been guest professor for composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria and in 2009 at the Frankfurt am Main University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2017 he was visiting Professor at the Escola Superior de Música Barcelona.


Blaauw, Marco (Brass Academy - Trumpet)

Born in 1965 in Lichtenvoorde/Netherlands. Why the trumpet? “I’ve always had in mind the image of a troubadour, spreading the news through music. I wanted to do that too ‒ with my trumpet. Further, an important focus of my work has been to develop the instrument and its playing technique and to initiate new repertoire.”

Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist and is a member of Ensemble Musikfabrik, based in Cologne/Germany. He works in close collaboration with both the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been especially written for him, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders and John Zorn.
He worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Flying over the orchestra in a gimbaled cage, he played the leading role in Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise.

Photo: Jose Verhaegh

Website Marco Blaauw

Chapman, Christine (Brass Academy – French Horn)

Raised in the coastline woods of Western Michigan, Christine Chapman has travelled 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 new 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.
Chapman has followed many paths of artistic development, from intense chamber music with Marlboro Music Festival and tours, through major orchestra repertoire as principal horn in high profile European orchestras, to numerous performances and recordings with radio big bands and smaller jazz combos, all leading her to her present passion – contemporary performance.


Ciciliani, Marko (Artistic Research & Composition)

Born in 1970 in Croatia. Marko Ciciliani is a composer, performer and audiovisual artist. The focus of his work lies in the composition of performative electronic music, mostly in audiovisual contexts, including media such as live-video, lighting or laser. It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom which offers multiple connection points for other media.

Ciciliani is Professor for Computer-Music Composition at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria. In 2015, Ciciliani received funding for a 3-year artistic research project titled “GAPPP – Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice”. His music has been performed in more than 40 countries across Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Czernowin, Chaya (Composition)

Born in 1957 in Haifa. Chaya Czernowin is a composer of  operas, orchestral and chamber works which have been played worldwide. She was composer in residence in Salzburger Festspiele 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 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, HIDDEN for quartet and electronics and the opera Infinite Now.

Chaya Czernowin, Photo: Zvia Fridman
Website Chaya Czernowin

Deutsch, Yaron (Guitar & E-Guitar)

Born in 1978 in Tel Aviv. Yaron Deutsch is the guitarist and Artistic Director of Nikel – a quartet of mostly twentieth century developed instruments, dedicated to the performance of new music. With the quartet or as a soloist, he continuously collaborates with both established and young composers on the performance of new repertoire.
As a guest, he regularly plays with Klangforum Wien. Occasionally he performed with Ensemble ascolta (Stuttgart/Germany), Ensemble Court-circuit (Paris), Ensemble Ictus (Brussels), Ensemble PHACE (Vienna), Ensemble Musikfabrik (Cologne/Germany), Talea Ensemble (New York), Berner Symphonieorchester, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Turin), Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Los Angeles Philharmonic, SWR Symphonieorchester and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in which he played under Sylvain Camberling, Titus Engel, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Kalitzke, Zubin Mehta, Emilio Pomàrico and Ilan Volkov among others.


Dierstein, Christian (Percussion)

Born in 1965. Christian Dierstein studied with Bernhard Wulff in Freiburg/Germany, with Gaston Sylvestre in Paris and with Vassilis Papadopulus in Mannheim/Germany. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart/Germany. Since 1988, he is percussionist of the ensemble recherche and since 1994, he is member of Trio Accanto together with Nicolas Hodges and Marcus Weiss.
In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation. During the season 2010/11 he was one of the “Rising Stars” from the European Concert Hall Organisation. As soloist, he performs with many orchestras all around the world. He has recorded for several labels, receiving numerous awards. Since 2001, he is professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel/Switzerland and since 2014, he is guest teacher at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Since 2008, Christian Dierstein is one of the percussion tutors at the Darmstädter Summer Course.

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

Djordjevic, Milica (Composition)

Born in 1984 in Belgrade, where she graduated in composition from the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts and where she also finished studies of Sound and Music Production. With honours, Djordjević finished postgraduate specialist studies in composition at Conservatoire de Strasbourg in the class of Ivan Fedele. Additionally she studied in Paris at IRCAM and in Berlin at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in the class of Hanspeter Kyburz, constantly taking part in all the most notable courses and festivals.

Milica Djordjevic, Photo:Astrid Ackermann
Website Milica Djordjevic

Einarsdóttir, Gunnhildur (Harp)

started studying the harp at the age of 13 in Iceland. After high school graduation, she continued her studies with Brigitte Sylvestre at Conservatoire 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 Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where her teacher was the renowned harpist and pedagogue Erika Waardenburg. During her studies in the Netherlands, Einarsdóttir specialised in the performance of contemporary music but also attended classes in early harp performance at the Royal Conservatory of 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.


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. Since the end of 2005 he has been a member of the Arditti Quartet, succeeding Rohan de Saram.

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 2013, Lucas Fels is professor for contemporary music interpretation at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst as well as chairman of the Friends of IMD.

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

Fermont, Cédrik aka C-drík aka Kirdec (Electronics Atelier)

Cedrik Fermont is a composer, musician, mastering engineer, author, radio host and concert organiser who operates in the field of noise, electronic and electroacoustic music since 1989, born in Zaire (DR Congo), he grew up in Belgium and now lives in Berlin. Explores electronic, experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa, label manager at Syrphe, concert organiser, author, radio host at Radio Staalplaat and Colaboradio, etc.

Cédrik Fermont, Photo: Andrea Krizsai

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 2016.

Brian Ferneyhough in Darmstadt 2012, Photo: Daniel Pufe

Fricke, Stefan

Born 1966 in Unna/Germany, after his civil service studied musicology and German literature at Universität des Saarlandes. In 1989, he founded, together with Sigrid Konrad, the publishing house PFAU ( which has a special focus on books on contemporary music. Teaching appointments and workshops regularly lead him to various academic institutions. He is an author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary music. From 2000 to 2011, Stefan Fricke was on the board of the German delegation of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). In 2007, he directed the editorial department of the Studio Akustische Kunst for West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne. Since 2008, he is editor in chief for New Music and Sound Art at the Hessian Broadcasting (hr2-kultur) in Frankfurt. Stefan Fricke is a honorary professsor at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz which is part of the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz.

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

Fure, Ashley (Composition)

Born in 1982. Ashley Fure is an American composer and sound artist. Called “raw, elemental and richly satisfying” by The New York Times, her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviours of raw acoustic matter.
She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and joined the Dartmouth College Music Department as Assistant Professor in 2015. In 2016 Fure was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, furthermore she won several prizes and awards, e.g. the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Prize (2018), the Rome Prize in Music Composition (2017), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists (2016), a Siemens Music Foundation Commission Grant (2015), the Kranichstein Composition Prize from Darmstadt Summer Course (2014), the Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste Berlin (2014), a Fulbright Fellowship to France (2013), a Darmstadt Scholarship Prize (2012), the Staubach Honorarium (2012) and a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2010).


Helbich, David (Performance & Composition)

Born in 1973 in Berlin. He studied composition and philosophy in Amsterdam and in Freiburg/Germany. Since 2002 he lives and works 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. Many of his prints and performances address concrete physical and social experiences. A recurrent interest is the understanding of an audience as active individuals and the search for an opening up of artistically restricted spaces.
His works have been recently presented among others at Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Cafe OTO (London) and UnionDocs (New York City). For the Darmstadt Summer Course he currently develops a project around “notation and art books” and, together with Jennifer Walshe, he will be responsible for the 2014 established workshop Composer–Performer.

David Helbich, Photo: Pieter W. Leeflang
Website David Helbich

Hoban, Wieland (Composition)

Born in London in 1978. He studied composition with Isabel Mundry, Hans Zender and Gerhard Müller-Hornbach at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts. His music is performed internationally; Hoban has worked with such groups as Ensemble SurPlus, ensemble recherche, hand werk, Ensemble KNM Berlin, ensemble mosaik, ChampdAction, Stadler Quartet, Kairos Quartet and soloists including Ian Pace (piano), Arne Deforce (cello) and Diego Castro Magaš (guitar). In addition to his compositional work he is a freelance translator (German-English) in the fields of music, philosophy and literature, e.g. of several books by Theodor W. Adorno, Peter Sloterdijk and Alexander Kluge, as well as numerous essays for collections and journals; he has also published his own analyses and other theoretical writings. He has worked as an interpreter at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music since 2000 and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage since 2011. In his music, he strives to achieve a multi-layered quality that reflects the ever-changing flow of our perceptions and consciousness, while pointing to something that lies beyond these and can only be hinted at.

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.

Hodkinson, Juliana (Composition)

Born 1971 in England, studied musicology, Japanese and philosophy in Cambridge and Sheffield, and holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on the subject of silence in music and sound art. Idea, material, theory and practice often go hand in hand in her workflows. Her works often reflect central artistic issues in concrete, performance-oriented situations, in which accessbility, spontaneity, and immersion in deep problems co-exist. Her collaborations with writers, visual artists. theatre- and film-makers, and other composers and musicians often result in surprising outcomes which may be both sensual and complex in their content, and where borders between genres and fields of art are put to the test.


Her orchestral work I greet you a thosuand times (2005), received the annual prize of the Danish Arts Foundation in 2005, Rückspiegel: eine Hörsituation (2011) received the Junge Ohren Preis for best practice, …can modify completely / in this case / not that it will make any difference (2015/16) was awarded the Stuttgart Composition Prize, and in 2015 she was awarded the presitigous Carl Nielsen Award for her oeuvre so far. She has taught musical aesthetics and composition at the University of Copenhagen, Technische Universität Berlin, the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

Juliana Hodkinson, Photo: Anka Bardeleben

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 Distractfold, Ensemble Interface, Kairos Quartet, Ensemble SurPlus, Séverine Ballon, Jeffrey Gavett, Nicolas Hodges, Heather Roche, Ashot Sarkissjan and Eva Zöllner. 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. He studied at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge and is Professor of Music and Aesthetics at the University of Leeds.

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.


Kreidler, Johannes (Composition)

Born in 1980. Johannes Kreidler is a composer, concept and media artist. From 2000 to 2006 he studied composition, electronic music and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg/Germany and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague, among others with Mathias Spahlinger and Orm Finnendahl. In 2012, he was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis. Currently he is teaching composition and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Kreidler’s works have been featured at numerous international music festivals, including Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Ultraschall Berlin, MaerzMusik Berlin, Eclat Stuttgart, Warsaw Autumn, Ultima Oslo, Musica Strasbourg, Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Venice Biennale.

Johannes Kreidler, Photo: Esther Kochte
Website Johannes Kreidler

Kubisch, Christina (Composition, Sound Art)

Born in 1948 in Bremen. Christina Kubisch has studied painting, composition and electronic music in Hamburg, Graz/Austria, Zurich and Milan. Her work includes sound installations, sound sculptures, video and performance as well as electroacoustic compositions and audio works for radio. Since 1974 her work has been presented internationally at festivals, museums and other places.
Kubisch belongs to the first generation of sound artists. She has artistically developed multiple techniques based on electromagnetic induction, solar energy and special light systems. Her work, which is mostly site specific, often includes the participation of the public.
She has been a professor for sound art in Paris, Berlin, Saarbrücken/Germany, Vienna and Oxford. Since 1997 she is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. She has received many international awards, grants and residencies. Since 1975 numerous releases with Cramps Records, Edition RZ, ampersand, SEMISHIGURE, Die Schachtel, Olof Bright, Important Records, Gruenrekorder, among others.

Langheinrich, Ulf (Electronics)

Born in 1960 in Wolfen/Germany. Ulf Langheinrich is an artist and composer with a focus on electronic music, the relationship of image and sound, time-based art as well as the visualisation of sound. The existential dimension of the human body has been a key area of his artistic research over the last 30 years.

As co-founder of the media art duet GRANULAR-SYNTHESIS, he realised international large scale projects, including MODELL5, NOISEGATE and POL, at Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, MAK Museum Vienna, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Kunstverein Hannover/Germany, ICC Tokyo, Creative Time in New York City and the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2001. In this context he also composed SINKEN for orchestra and electronic, a part of the DANGEROUS VISIONS project commissioned and performed by Orchestre National de Lille and Art Zoyd.


Lewis, George (Composition)

George Lewis is Professor of American Music at Columbia University and Area Chair in Composition. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Lewis’s other honours include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart of the SWR, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Mivos Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink Ensemble and others. His opera Afterword (2015) has been performed in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

George Lewis, Photo: Emily Peragine

Lim, Liza (Composition)

Born in 1966 in Perth/Australia. Currently, Liza Lim is Professor of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at the University of Huddersfield. She was formerly the Director of the Centre for Research in New Music at Huddersfield from 2008-2017. Her works draw upon very wide-ranging references including Australian Indigenous and Asian aesthetics and ritual; a Sufi poetics of bewilderment, communion and ecstasy; and weaving and knot-making as a cross-modal ‘technology for thinking’. Recently she has been working on topics like ecology and the uncanny (Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus) or mobs and power (Atlas of the Sky). She has had important long-term collaborations with ensembles such as ELISION and Ensemble MusikFabrik whilst also being commissioned by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, SWR, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra etc. Major performances in 2018 include a season of her fourth opera ‘Tree of Codes’ in a new production at the Spoleto Festival, USA and premieres at Wittenertage für neue Kammermusik (Klangforum Wien) and Acht Brücken (Florentin Ginot).

Liza Lim, Foto: Klaus Rudolph
Website Liza Lim

Linehan, Daniel (DANCE & MUSIC Workshop)

Born in 1982 in Seattle. Daniel Linehan’s choreographic work is intent on softly obscuring the line that separates dance from everything else. He approaches performance-making from the point of view of a curious amateur, testing various interactions between dance and non-dance forms, searching for unlikely conjunctions, juxtapositions and parallels between texts, movements, images, songs, videos and rhythms.
Linehan first studied dance in Seattle and then moved to New York City in 2004. In 2007, he premiered the solo Not About Everything, which has since been presented in over 75 venues internationally. In 2008, Linehan moved to Brussels where he completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. His most recent works include Un Sacre du Printemps (2015), dbddbb (2015) and Flood (2017). From 2017 to 2021, Daniel Linehan is Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus.

Photo: Joseph Lambert

Lüneburg, Barbara (Artistic Research)

Barbara Lüneburg is an internationally acknowledged violinist and artistic researcher working in contemporary music and multimedia art. From 2014 to 2018 she was director and lead artist of the artistic research project TransCoding – From ‘Highbrow Art’ to Participatory Culture funded by the Austrian Science Fund. Her arts based research deals with performance practice and the creative potential of performers, collaborations between performers and composers, charisma, performer-audience relation and game based audiovisual art. Lüneburg holds a professorship for Ensemble and Digital Performance at Trossingen University of Music/Germany and works as researcher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria.

Maierhof, Michael (Composition, Sound Art)

Born in 1965 in Fulda/Germany. Michael Maierhof is a composer and improviser based in Hamburg and is working with instruments, objects, video, preparations, applications, oscillating systems and motors. He studied music and mathematics in Kassel and philosophy and art history in Hamburg.

He is writing non-pitch organized music since the early 1990s. He was an invited lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart/Germany, California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles, Mozarteum Salzburg, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijng, the University of Music Freiburg/Germany, the National University of Córdoba/Argentina and the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz/Austria. Maierhof is co-founder of the artist network stock11.

Photo: Matthias Schormann
Website Michael Maierhof

Meanwell, Peter (Talking About Music)

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 more than ten years worked as a radio producer for the BBC; working primarily with classical and experimental music broadcasting, documentary making and ethnographic field recording.
He continues to work with radio, as co-director of Reduced Listening, an independent production company working with cultural documentary, sound installation and sound for the visual arts. He is a co-author of The Breakfast Bible, a compendium of breakfasts. In 2018 he will be one of the Mentors of the Forecast platform at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.

Peter Meanwell, Photo: Magnus Håland Sunde

Mihály, Julia (Voice & Electronics)

Born 1984. Julia Mihály is an artist at the border of Contemporary Music, Performance Art and Electroacoustic Music. Focussing on live - electronic extensions of her vocal sound in connection to performance related body movements, she uses various kinds of controllers, sensors, gaming devices and hacked toy instruments to control the progress of sound synthesis. She studied classical singing and electronic composition at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and completed her studies with masterclasses and workshops at the ZKM Karlsruhe, STEIM Amsterdam, Stockhausen Summer Courses Kürten and the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music. Julia Mihály has been invited to festivals and concert series such as Heroines of Sound Festival in Berlin (RADIALSYSTEM V & Berghain), Suntory Hall Tokyo, La Biennale Musica di Venezia, SPOR Festival Arhus, Ruhrtriennale, Zeitkunst Festival Rio de Janeiro, Bavarian State Opera, Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), NTU CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts Singapore. Julia Mihály is a board member of the German Society for Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM) and currently teaching “composition and technology” at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt.

Photo: Ela Mergels
Website Julia Mihály

Milliken, Cathy (Oboe & Composition)

Born in Brisbane (Australia). Cathy Milliken studied in Australia, majoring in performance (piano and oboe). A founding member of the Ensemble Modern, she has worked with musicians such as György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Fred Frith and Frank Zappa. She also formed HCD Productions with colleagues Dietmar Wiesner and Hermann Kretzschmar.
She has composed for concert, opera, radio, film and commissioners include: South Bank Centre London, Staatsoper Berlin and Musica Viva (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks).
International participatory compositions and projects include for Umculo Festival (South Africa), Future Labo (Japan) or Berliner Philharmoniker, Klangspuren Festival and Münchener Biennale.  


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 was a member of Klangforum Wien from 1994 to 2005. He presently lives in Bern and has a teaching appointment at the Conservatory there. Ernesto Molinari has been the clarinet tutor at Darmstadt since 2000.

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

Molleson, Kate (Talking About Music)

Kate Molleson is a music journalist and broadcaster who writes for The Guardian (UK), The Herald (Scotland) and publications including Opera and Gramophone. She’s a presenter for BBC Radio 3 and has made documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Molleson grew up in various parts of Scotland and the far north of Canada. She studied clarinet performance at McGill University in Montreal and musicology at King’s College London, where she researched early experimental radio and the operas of Ezra Pound. She was an editor, music critic and cycling columnist for the Montreal Gazette and deputy editor of Opera Magazine before moving home as the Guardian’s classical music critic for Scotland in 2010. She’s keen on bicycles and mountains. Kate Molleson lives in Glasgow.

Mosch, Ulrich

Born in 1955 in Stuttgart, Germany. Ulrich Mosch studied Music and German Literature in Hannover and Musicology at the Technische Universität in Berlin (with Carl Dahlhaus). Graduated 1991 in Berlin with a thesis about the aural perception of total serialism. 2004 appointment as university lecturer (Habilitation) at the Paris Lodron Universität in Salzburg, Austria. 1990-2013 musicologist and curator of music manuscripts at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, responsible for 25 collections of manuscripts and other documents, amongst them Igor Stravinsky, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Brian Ferneyhough, György Kurtág, and Erik Bergman. Since fall 2013, full professor in musicology at the University of Geneva. Has published widely on music, music history and music aesthetics mostly of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Ulrich Mosch 2014 in Darmstadt

Pagh-Paan, Younghi (Composition)

Born in 1945 in Cheongju/Korea. Before coming to Germany via a DAAD scholarship, Younghi Pagh-Paan studied composition at the Seoul National University. From 1974 to 1979 she studied composition with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough at the University of Music Freiburg. Guest professorships at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria (1991) and at the University of Music Karlsruhe (1992/93) followed.
In 1994 she was appointed professor of Composition at the University of the Arts Bremen; here she founded and directed the Atelier Neue Musik, an institute for contemporary music. She was honored with a series of internationally acclaimed awards: Preis der Europäischen Kirchenmusik, the 1st Paeknam Prize (Life Achievement Award, Korea) and The 11th Daewon Musik Awards Special Contribution Prize. She lives in Bremen and Panicale/Italy.

Photo: Harals Rehling

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.


Prins, Stefan (Composition)

Born 1979 in Kortrijk/Belgium. After graduating as an engineer, Stefan Prins studied piano and composition at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2017 he obtained a PhD in composition at Harvard University under the guidance of Chaya Czernowin. He received several important international awards, such as the Berliner Kunstpreis für Musik, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis für Komposition and the ISCM Young Composers Award. His music is heavily inspired by contemporary technologies and interdisciplinarity. Stefan Prins is artistic co-director of the Nadar Ensemble and regularly performs (electronics) as an improvising musician, amongst others with Ministry of Bad Decisions.

Stefan Prins (c) Louise Lindenbolz

Website Stefan Prins

Reese, Kirsten (Composition)

Born in 1968 in Kiel/Germany. Kirsten Reese grew up in the Rhineland, in Hong Kong and the Philippines and studied flute, electroacoustic music and composition in Berlin and New York City (1992/93).
Her works focus site-specific and performative aspects and the use of ‘found sound’ and archival and documentary material. Her interest for different loudspeaker and media constellations and the aura of historic electronic instruments is explored in the lightest words had the weight of oracles (2014) for Fairlight synthesizer and electric guitar and Atmende Kugel (breathing sphere) (2017) for six voices and Hermann Scherchens rotating loudspeaker sphere.

Kirsten Reese, Photo: Edgar Hartung
Website Kirsten Reese

Ronchetti, Lucia (Composition)

Born in 1963 in Rome. Lucia Ronchetti studied composition and computer music at the Accademia Nazionale 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 City, at the invitation of Tristan Murail. As composer in residence she has visited Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia (Bamberg/Germany), Schlossmediale Werdenberg (Zürich), SWR Experimentalstudio (Freiburg/Germany), MacDowell Colony (Boston), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart/Germany) and Cité internationale des arts (Paris), among others.

Lucia Ronchetti, Photo: Stefano Corso
Website Lucia Ronchetti

Saunders, Rebecca (Composition)

Born in 1967 in London. Rebecca Saunders studied composition with Nigel Osborne in Edinburgh and with Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe. She lives in Berlin and is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and the Saxon Academy of Arts in Dresden. Her music has been recognised with numerous awards including most recently the Mauricio Kagel Musikpreis in 2015, a British Composer Award for the trumpet concerto Alba in 2016 and in 2017 the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Skin.
Since 2003 she has pursued an intense interest in the sculptural and spatial properties of organised sound: chroma (2003-13) and Stasis (2011/16) are expanding spatial collages of up twenty-four chamber groups and sound sources set in radically different architectural spaces. Insideout, a 90-minute collage for a choreographed installation, was her first work for the stage and was created in collaboration with Sasha Waltz.

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

Schmid, Michael (Flute)

Born in 1973. Michael Schmid is a musician and flutist, specialised in contemporary experimental music. He is a member of the Belgian Ictus Ensemble and as freelancer (solo and chamber music) he has worked with most of the major European new music ensembles. Next to his activity as flutist he appears as performer of concrete poetry, creator of sound installations and writer of sound pieces. He has a profound interest in the politics and communication processes of music making.
His latest solo appearances and creations took place at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) with Breathcore (2016) and Beat fucked Elf (2016), Krachal (2016) at BEAF – BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival in Brussels (2016) and Breathcore – The Score (2017) at Kaaitheater Brussels. Recent collaborations include projects with choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Rosas), Boris Charmatz, Jerôme Bel, Manon de Boer (documenta 13), Georges Aperghis, Brynjar Sigurðarson and the Lafayette Anticipations Fondation (Paris). He has already recorded for Cyprès, HAT records, cpo, WERGO and Stradivarius.

Schubert, Alexander (Visiting Composer)

Born in 1979 in Bremen/Germany. Alexander Schubert studied bioinformatics, cognitive science and composition. He explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music, combining different musical styles (like hardcore, free jazz, popular electronic music, techno) with contemporary classical concepts. Schubert has participated in his youth and early career in the above-mentioned genres both in groups and as a solo artist. Furthermore performance pieces are a major focus in his work. The use of the body in electronic music and the transportation of additional content through gestures are key features in his pieces, which aim at empowering the performer and at achieving a maximum of energy. This is done both through the use of sensors and visual media.
Apart from working as a composer and solo musician Schubert is also a founding member of different ensembles, e.g. Decoder. Since 2011 he teaches live-electronics at the Lübeck Academy of Music. His works have been performed more than 400 times in the last few years by numerous ensembles in over 25 countries.

Schüttler, Martin (Visiting Composer)

Born in 1974 in Kassel. Martin Schüttler is composer and performer. He is co-founder of the artist platform stock11. His work focuses on new contextualisations of social, medial or physical realities of everyday life. Therefore he cooperates intensely with specific musicians and groups, such as asamisimasa, Trio Catch, Ictus or Nadar Ensemble. Since 2014 Schüttler is professor for composition at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart/Germany.

Foto: Anika Neese

Sky Deep (Electronics Atelier)

Berlin-based, Sky Deep has played around the world working both sides of the console as an engineer and producer but also as a DJ, singer, guitarist and rapper. Making a musical journey from dark grinds to futuristic to wild with freak-sexy edge, she knows how to manage the relationship between ‘in the box’-production and electroacoustic instruments.
Sky Deep has played live on Berghain’s main stage and has been DJing Berlin clubs such as Tresor, About Blank, SchwuZ and SO36 – and many more worldwide.
She founded Reveller Records as well as Reclaim the Beats Festival and has shared stages with The Black Madonna, Olof Dreijer (The Knife), Discwoman, Perera Elsewhere, rRoxymore. Additionally, she teaches at BIMM Berlin and has taught masters classes at Ableton Loop Summit.

Photo: Alexa Vachon
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Steen-Andersen, Simon (Composition)

Born 1976 in Odder/Denmark. Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmussen in Aarhus, Mathias Spahlinger in Freiburg/Germany, Gabriel Valverde in Buenos Aires as well as Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen in Copenhagen. He is a 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 decade concentrate 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, everyday objects and homemade constructions. Between 2013 and 2014 he was guest professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and 2016 guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Stene, Håkon (Percussion)

Håkon Stene studied in Oslo, Freiburg/Germany and San Diego, CA. From 2005 to 2008 he was selected for the launch programme INTRO for young soloists by Concerts Norway. In 2014, his solo record Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal was awarded the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) in the category of contemporary music.
As soloist performer he worked already with Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta, 2e2m and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore he played with ensembles such as asamisimasa, Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble and Nils Økland Ensemble, including venues and festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia as well as recordings for several labels such as ECM, Rough Trade, Dacapo and Hubro.


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.


Svoboda, Mike (Brass Academy - Trombone)

Born in 1960 on the Pacific Island of Guam. Mike Svoboda 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 1980s and 1990s 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.

Photo: Jens Klatt
Website Mike Svoboda

Vicente-Sandoval, Dafne (Bassoon)

Born in 1979 in Paris. Dafne Vicente-Sandoval is a bassoon player who explores sound through contemporary music performance, improvisation and sound installations. After graduating from the Paris Conservatory and the City of Basel Music Academy, she has dedicated herself to an in-depth instrumental practice, emerging from an intuitive experimentation into the complexities of the bassoon’s acoustical properties. Her work has translated into long-term collaborations with a handful of composers engaged in music that demands a high degree of critical interpretation (Éliane Radigue, Catherine Lamb, Jakob Ullmann, Peter Ablinger, Klaus Lang and Tashi Wada), leading to the creation of a significant catalogue of solo pieces. Concurrently, improvisation has played an important role in her performing life. Vicente-Sandoval also presents solo performances of microphone feedback generated through the resonant spaces of the bassoon itself.


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).