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Stefan Heucke
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Stefan Heucke

Pays d'origine: Allemagne
Date d'anniversaire: 24 mai 1959

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Aida – der fünfte Akt
Chef d'orchestre: Giovanni Conti
Orchestre: Niederrheinische Sinfoniker
13 janvier 2024 | Krefeld (Allemagne) , Fabrik Heeder

À propos de Stefan Heucke

With his theatrical, glistening score, which transforms the orchestra into a philosophical cosmos, the composer achieves a captivating interpretation of the old myth. […] His contemporaries have rarely grasped the sense of captivating theatre music in the way this highly gifted composer has.("Das Orchester" on the world premiere of Die Ordnung der Erde)

Stefan Heucke was born in Gaildorf (Baden-Wuerttemberg) on 24 May 1959. From 1978 to 1982 he took private piano lessons with Renate Werner (Stuttgart) before continuing his musical studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Detmold, where he learnt piano with Arnulf von Arnim and harmony, counterpoint and composition with Gerhart Schäfer from 1982 to 1986. He later held a teaching post for Music Theory in the same faculty from 1989 to 2002.

In 1985, Heucke first came to public attention when he won an award at GEMA’s "Forum junger deutscher Komponisten für Orchestermusik" for the world premiere of his Vier Orchesterstücke op. 5 (Saarländisches Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Matthias Kuntzsch). For his complete œuvre he achieved the "Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" in 1990. Heucke won first prize at the composition competition of the "Windrose" European Festival of the Ruhr Orchestras in 2002. In 2007, he was honoured with the Hans Werner Henze Prize by the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe.

Live recordings and productions have been made by various broadcasting companies (Saarländischer Rundfunk, WDR, SDR) since 1985. Heucke has received commissions from the ARD International Music Competition, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, renowned performers such as the piano duo Grau/Schumacher and numerous German orchestras and opera houses. He composed the opera Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz op. 47 for the 2006/07 season opening at the Vereinigte Städtische Bühnen Krefeld und Mönchengladbach. For the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015, Heucke condensed the most important parts of the opera into a concert version, entitled Bruchstücke, commissioned by Bremerhaven Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the world premiere. The text for Heucke’s Pater noster – unser Vater (2010), a new translation from Latin, was written by Norbert Lammert, the president of the German Bundestag. This choral work was commissioned by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.

Heucke’s works range from miniatures for piano to chamber and vocal music as well as pieces for choir and orchestra, solo concertos, two operas, and a ballet. Der selbstsüchtige Riese for speakers and orchestra (1995), based on the fairy-tale by Oscar Wilde, is one of his most successful works. The world premiere of his dance oratorio Die Ordnung der Erde was given by Ballett Schindowski at the Music Theatre in the Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen, in 2001. The monodrama Iokaste (2014) tells for the first time the complete myth of the Labdaceans from the perspective of the Theban queen Jocasta, mother and wife of King Oedipus. The female narrators, a singer and a speaker, alternate between the roles of the seven characters.

In the season 2010/11, Heucke was the first Composer in Residence of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker Krefeld-Mönchengladbach. He was a focal composer in the Henze Project’s concert series "Zeit::Reise" as part of the "European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010". For the bicentenary of Richard Wagner in 2013, he wrote symphonic variations on the "Hirtenweise" from Tristan and Isolde for full orchestra, commissioned by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Dortmund. He was Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven (2014/15) and the Staunton Music Festival (2016).

Sacred cantatas are a focal point of Heucke's work. The Anneliese Brost Music Forum in Bochum opened in 2016 with the world premiere of Baruch Atá Adonaj – Gesegnet seist du Herr. Friede den Menschen (Peace for mankind) is a cantata based on a prayer from the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women in 1944, which Heucke composed for the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022. His cantata Von Guten Mächten for alto solo, mixed choir and instrumental ensemble was premiered in Bochum's Melanchtonkirche (2022). One of his main works is Deutsche Messe, which was performed in the Mainz Cathedral and the Berlin Konzerthaus (2017). Heucke repeatedly uses traditional forms in order to interpret them in his own musical language. In his Concerto grosso No. 1 (2017) a tuba quartet performs together, and in his Concerto grosso No. 2 La nuova Follia (2022) two orchestras compete with each other. Works inspired by old masters also include the expansive piano piece Variationen mit Haydn (2017) and the ensemble piece Wind Music, Suite im alten Stil (2019).

Stefan Heucke regularly returns to the Lied genre. With Sieben Mörike-Lieder (2017) he arranged original works by Hugo Wolf for low (medium) voice and string quartet. Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Friedrich Hölderlin (2020) are his own compositions for various voice types. Heucke expanded his Vier Gesänge nach Gedichten von Hebbel und Mombert into a version for voice and ensemble, which premiered at the Cologne Philharmonic in 2021.

Stefan Heucke lives in Bochum and on the Italian Riviera.

Liste d'œuvres



Uraufführung of 1. Konzert für Klavier und Orchester in Münster

Born in Gaildorf (Germany) on 24 May
Studied piano with Renate Werner in Stuttgart
Studied piano with Arnulf von Arnim and composition with Gerhart Schäfer at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold
Award for the world premiere of his "Vier Orchesterstücke" op. 5 by Saarländisches Staatsorchester under the direction of Matthias Kuntzsch at GEMA's Forum of Young Composers for Orchestral Music
Teaching appointment for music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold

"Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" for his oeuvre

Scholarship of the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung Witten, enabling him to compose the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30
Signed to Schott
World premiere of the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30 after the Gilgamesh-Epic at Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen with production and choreography by Bernd Schindowski
First prize at the composition competition of the Europafestival of the Ruhr-Orchester "Windrose"
Opera "Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz" commissioned by the Städtische Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung scholarship awarded for the opera. World premiere in September 2006.
Composer in Residence at the Universität Witten/Herdecke
Hans Werner Henze Prize
Full-length oratorio on the Blessed Nikolaus Groß commissioned by the Ruhr-Bistum Essen. World premiere on 7 October 2011 by the Duisburger Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg.
Choral work "Pater noster - unser Vater" commissioned by the Bochumer Symphoniker for the 150th anniversary of the Philharmonische Chor. Text by Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag. World Premiere in November 2010.
Featured Composer at the "Zeit::Reise" concert series as part of the Henze Project of the "Ruhr 2010 - Culture Capital of Europe" campaign
First Composer in Residence at the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker: 13 concerts including the world premiere of Symphony No. 4 "Concertante" op. 59 in July 2011.
World premiere of the oratorio "Nikolaus Groß" Op. 62 in October with Duisburg Philharmonic in Duisburg and Essen.
Scholarships of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung for "Iokaste". World Premiere in June 2014.
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin commission Heucke to compose a full-length Deutsche Messe for soli, choir and orchestra using the new Translation by the President of the Bundestag, Nobert Lammert, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017
First Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven with the world premiere of "Bruchstücke aus der Oper 'Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz' " in May 2015
Composer in Residence with the Staunton Music Festival (USA)
Opening of the new concert hall in Bochumer with the cantata "Baruch Atá Adonaj – Blessed art thou, Lord" Op. 78
World premiere of "A German Mass" Op. 80 with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Mainz, Halle and Berlin
World pemiere of the symphonic poem "Transformation" Op. 92 with WDR Symphony Orchestra on occasion of the official end of coal mining in Germany
World premiere of the one-hour piano work "Diabelli Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert" Op. 76 in Amsterdam with pianist Ana-Marija Markovina

World premiere of Friede den Menschen, Kantate nach einem Gebet aus dem Frauenkonzentrationslager Ravensbrück von 1944 in the Cologne Philharmonie


World premiere of 1. Konzert für Klavier und Orchester in Münster


Composer in residence at the Bach-Fest Münster



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    Chef d'orchestre: Giovanni Conti
    Orchestre: Niederrheinische Sinfoniker
    13 janvier 2024 | Krefeld (Allemagne) , Fabrik Heeder
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