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Detlev Mueller-Siemens

Detlev Mueller-Siemens

Country of origin: Germany
Birthday: July 30, 1957

About Detlev Mueller-Siemens

Detlev Mueller-Siemens was born in Hamburg in 1957. In 1970 he began to study theory, composition and piano at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, starting with composition lessons with Guenter Friedrichs and continuing with György Ligeti from 1973-1980, interrupted by an one-year residence in Paris 1977/78. There he studied with Olivier Messiaen. Mueller-Siemens continued his studies of piano with Volker Banfield and took conducting lessons with Christoph von Dohnányi in Hamburg from 1978-1980 and with Klauspeter Seibel in 1985. In 1981 he was assistant conductor of the production of György Ligeti’s "Le Grand Macabre" at the Paris Opera. From 1986-1988 he was assistant conductor at the Theatre Freiburg.

Mueller-Siemens was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, so he stayed twice at the Villa Massimo in Rome (1980, 1982) and was awarded the Price of the Hindemith Foundation (1985), the Rolf-Liebermann-Grant (1988) and the Rolf-Liebermann-sponsorship for his opera Die Menschen (after a drama by Walter Hasenclever). His most recent chamber opera Bing (after Samuel Beckett) has been world premiered at the Bonn opera in December 2001. Detlev Mueller-Siemens lives in Basle, where he holds a professorship for composition at Music Academy since 1991. In 2014 ...called dusk III for ensemble received its world premiere at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. From March 2005, he is professor at the University of Vienna.

He wrote operas, works for orchestra and for ensemble, concertos, chamber music and works for piano. Detlev Müller-Siemens lives in Vienna and Basle.



Born in Hamburg on 30 July
Studied theory and composition with Günther Friedrichs as well as piano with Konrad Richter at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg
Studied composition with György Ligeti, piano with Andreas Meyer-Hermann, Eckart Besch and Volker Banfield, and conducting with Christoph von Dohnányi at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg
Kranichstein Music Award at the Internationale Ferienkurse Neuer Musik in Darmstadt
Encouragement Award of the Hamburg Bach Prize
Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation
Spent one year in Paris, studying with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique
July-December: first stay at the Villa Massimo, Rome
Assistant conductor of the production of György Ligeti´s "Le Grand Macabre" at the Paris Opera (conductor: Elgar Howarth)
March-September: second stay at the Villa Massimo, Rome
International Rostrum of Composers, Paris: 1st place in the category "Composers under 30"; overall ranking: 3rd place
Scholarship of the Wilfried Steinbrenner Foundation
Majored in conducting with Klauspeter Seibel at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg; Hindemith Award of the Hindemith Foundation
Encouragement Award of the Berlin Arts Prize (Akademie der Künste); Schneider-Schott Music Award
Kapellmeister at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg/Breisgau
Hindemith Encouragement Award
Rolf Liebermann scholarship
Rolf Liebermann Encouragement Award for the opera "Die Menschen"
since 1991
Professor of composition and theory at the Music Academy of Basel
UK Tour (Warwick, Bath, Southampton, Birmingham, London - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (cond. Elgar Howarth) and NASH-Ensemble, London)
Lectures and concerts: Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Bordeaux and Pau (ensemble musique nouvelle, cond. Paul Méfano); Palermo and Catania (Gruppo Strumentale dell'EAOSS, cond. Angelo Faja); 31. Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Rom (Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart, cond. Bernhard Kontarsky)
1998 South-Eastern Asia Tour: workshops and concerts in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore - LINOS-Ensemble, Cologne
India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka-Pakistan Tour (Mumbay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Dhaka, Madras, Colombo, Karachi - LINOS-Ensemble, Cologne)
Professor for composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna

First performance of ...called dusk III at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna by the ensemble reconsil

"Traces" CD at Wergo
"Subsong 1" for ensemble


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