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Daniel Smutny

Country of origin: Germany
Birthday: 1976

About Daniel Smutny

Daniel Smutny is considered one of the most interesting and promising young composers in Germany today.

1976–95 Born in Mannheim · early compositions and first prize from ‘Schüler Komponieren’, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg (1990–93) · Attends ‘Education and Talent’ academy (1994) · school leaving certificate with early graduation
1996–2001 Studies with Hans Zender and Bernhard Kontarsky in Frankfurt am Main
1997 Ensemble Modern Forum · composition prize from “Viola-Stiftung Walter Witte”, Frankfurt am Main
1998 Stuttgart Composition Prize
1999–2001 Additional studies of electronic music in Frankfurt and Berlin
2000 Scholarship from the “Darmstädter Ferienkurse” · additional studies with Isabel Mundry
2001 Composition prize from “Biennale Neue Musik” (Hanover) and Hilliard Ensemble · commissioned to write work for Stuttgart Opera
2002 Composition scholarships from Heinrich Strobel Foundation (Southwest German Broadcasting) and Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg · Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste Berlin
2003 BMW composition prize from musica viva · Ultraschall Festival (Berlin) · scholarship from Heinrich Strobel Studio
2004 World premières at musica viva (Munich) and Donaueschinger Musiktage; scholarship for Weimarer Meisterkurse Scholarships from the Akademie der Künste Berlin and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
2005 Fellow of Villa Aurora Foundation (Los-Angeles) · works commissioned by West German Broadcasting and Klangforum Wien works performed at ars nova and Klangaktionen München · portrait recital in Roy O. Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles)
2006–08 Works commissioned for SWR Vokalensemble and by musica viva for Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks · commission and overall artistic direction of “Sheherazade” at Festival Hall, European Centre of the Arts (Hellerau)
2009 Work commissioned by Central German Broadcasting for Leipzig Gewandhaus · Stuttgart Composition Prize · first dance theatre piece, dann still, produced as prizewinner of Operare Workshop
2010/11 Commissioned to write opera for Hellerau Festival Hall (Ferne Nähe, première 2011)
2012 Curator and director of “sinwald”, a three-day festival sponsored by Central German Broadcasting

All of Daniel Smutny’s works are published by Internationale Musikverlagen Hans Sikorski.