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Born 25th of November in Heidelberg.
First piano lessons.
Studies at Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium, Frankfurt am Main (piano with Wolfgang Wagenhaeuser, composition with Claus Kuehnl).
Regular appearances as a pianist, with solo and chamber repertoire.
First compositions; film and theatre music, keyboarder in jazz- and rock-ensembles.
Abitur; first performances of "serious" works.
Studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (piano with Leonard Hokanson, composer's discussion group with Hans-Ulrich Engelmann).
Studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich (composition with Wilhelm Killmayer).
First music theatre, "The Meal of Mr.Orlong" is performed.
Master class studies in composition (with Wilhelm Killmayer).
Continuation of piano studies at the
Frankfurter Musikhochschule (with Raymund Havenith).
Founder and artistic director of the A*DEvantgarde Festival fuer neue Musik junger Komponisten (with Sandeep Bhagwati).
Master-Class Diploma. Postgraduate-studies at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, London (with Robert Saxton).
Appearances as a soloist with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Studies in Tanglewood, USA (with Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr).
premiere of Percussiv, ballet, at the Opera Nuremberg, premiere of The Trap, music theatre, in Prague ("Laterna Magika")
Half-year residence in Paris at the Cité des Arts.
Regular international appearances as a composer and pianist.
Residence at the Deutsches Studienzentrum, Venice.
Commencing a 1 year stay at the Villa Massimo, Rome (german Rome prize).
Premiere of the large opera, "Helle Naechte", a coproduction of the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich Biennale.
Premiere of the opera "We are at home" in Mannheim and Luxembourg, performance of Dance Theatre "Gegenwart - Ich brauche Gegenwart" in Darmstadt.
Premiere Neue Dichter Lieben/Croatoan I-III Expo 2000 Hanover, Premiere Goldberg plays piano concerto, Fredener Musiktage; married to Andrea Heuser (author)
US-tour; worldwide internet project "Variations IV.01" ; initiator of new
"Dichterlieben" project (20 premieres of new lieder by 20 composers)
Mexico-tour, Premiere of "Dr. Boogers scary scheme , opera for children, Frankfurt/M.
Premiere of "Processional for 3 brass bands, Jazz big band and brass ensemble, Styriarte, Graz; Premiere of "The last days of V.I.R.U.S. , opera, Adevantgarde-Festival; Africa tour (Ghana, Togo)
Premiere "The Snail" , Large Opera, Nationaltheater Mannheim (text and director: Hans Neuenfels); Composer in Residence at the Nationaltheater Mannheim
Premiere The Depth Of Space soccer oratorio, Bochum, Germany; premiere primus, double bass concert, Berlin, Germany; "featured composer" at "music 05, Cincinnati, USA; Japan tour with "Junges Klangforum Mitte Europas
Music for the opening ceremony of the FIFA-WM 2006 (world wide live coverage); Premiere of Orale Pole Mazy Brats (opening concert of the "Salzburger Festspiele); Premiere of Bright Nights (new version of the opera) at the Theater Hagen (Germany)
2007 Birth of son Milo Benjamin Eggert; new productions of the operas The Snail, Dr. Boogers Scary Scheme and Go vs. Comet (Kommander Kobayashi) in Lucerne, Hamburg and Saarbruecken; premiere of a theatrical version of wide unclasp in Lucerne; featured guest composer at Montréal Nouvelles Musiques (Canada); European Ensemble Academy tours Anna Who Was Mad all over Europe; premiere of new orchestra piece Number Nine VI: A Bigger Splash at the Concertgebouw Amsteradam; controversial premiere of new opera Freax at the opera house in Bonn; guest composer at the Year of German Culture in Minsk, Belarus
World Premiere of the Footballet as opening piece of the Viennese Opera Ball; Composer in Residence Bochumer Symphoniker; Composer in Residence Les Museiques Basle (Switzerland); World Premiere of Missa for the 850-Year Anniversary of the city of Munich; new production of The Behr-Khyrsh Project in Bochum
Premiere Industrial (percussion concerto) with the SWR-Radio Orchestra Stuttgart (Jaervi/Sadlo); creation of Open-Air-Performances for both Tiroler Festspiele and Bregenzer Festspiele (Auf dem Wasser zu singen/ Processional); premiere of Opera Linkerhand (Goerlitz/Hoyerswerda); BJO/Bujazzo on South Africa tour with work for orchestra and jazz big band; Premiere Tetragrammaton with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester/Michael Hofstetter; juror and guest at the first international New Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Holland Tour (Ciciliani: Dromomania)
2010 Premiere Mass for orchestra (musica viva Munich), Premiere Bordello Ballad Weill-Fest Dessau/Theater Koblenz/Neukoellner Oper Berlin, appearance at the Bang on a Can-Marathon in New York, Breaking the Waves Open Air-Performance for the Sound Symposium Newfoundland; Premiere De Avaritia (Prologue for Carmina Burana) for helicopters and choir/ensemble Kulturwald-Festival; appearances in Munich, Rotterdam and Sao Paulo as singer and actor in the Amazonas-opera tilt by Klaus Schedl
My Dream Is Longer Than The Night, Mahler project with German pop duo 2Raumwohnung and the HR-Symphony Orchestra with Steven Sloane; orchestra premieres with the Munich Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta), Bamberger Symphoniker (Jonathan Nott), Orchestral Academy of the National Theatre Mannheim (Axel Kober), Symphonie Orchestra of the Saar Radio Saarbruecken/Kaiserslautern (Roland Boer)
Birth of Daughter (Siri Marie Eggert), Faust Eine Phantasmagorie (concept and composition) with German talkshow host Harald Schmidt and Steven Sloane with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum; WP of the 11th opera All These Days, Theater Bremen; invitations to Austria (Wiener Konzertverein), Mexico (Cervantino-Festival) and China (Autumn-Sound, Chengdu); composer in residence, Theater Hagen (2012-2013)
Tragedy of a friendship (music theatre with Jan Fabre and Stefan Hertmans, Premiere in Antwerp, further performances in Ghent, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva, Brugge, Lille, New York); Wagner versus Verdi, Open Air composition for the opening oft he Bayerischen Staatsopernfestspiele 2013, with Fura dels Baus; The Gaze of the Raven, orchestral ballet with Tarek Assam, Theater Giessen; I wont find another you, piano concerto, Switzerland; concert trips to Moldavia and Mexico
2014 Concerts with Ensemble Resonanz and Ensemble Variances in France and Germany (Double Portrait de Compositeurs: Thierry Pecou/Moritz Eggert, Radio France/NDR, World Premiere 1,2,3; World Premiere Waltzing 1914, theatrical concert with Gebrueder Teichmann/Theresa Martini, Gorki-Theater Berlin; World Premiere Nacht.Tick.All for Chorwerk Ruhr; World Premiere Aura for Thorsten Johanns, clar./Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie; World Premiere Ich akzeptiere die Nutzungsbedingungen for the 100 year anniversary of the Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main; Three Souls (David Hughes Dance Company, Scotland Tour); World Premiere Devils Kitchen, cooking opera for children, Kampnagel Hamburg; Mainzer Musikdozentur at the Music University Mainz; World Premiere Leipzig Noir FZML Leipzig
Howard Hanson visiting professor at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; Portrait concerts at Ensemblia Moenchengladbach, Homburger Kammermusiktage and Speicher am Kaufhauskanal Hamburg; Devils Kitchen premieres in Norway; World Premiere of Vom Himmel und der ganzen Welt at Deutscher Kirchentag Stuttgart; World Premiere of PG Dada with Ensemble notabu in Dusseldorf and Ghent; World Premiere of extended version of Symphony 3.0 for car orchestra at Europaeische Festwochen Passau; Italian and Israelian Premieres of Pulse (Lahav Shani/Zubin Mehta)
2016 Collaboration with Claus Peymann for Peter Handkeâs play Die Unschuldigen, Vienna; WP Les Temps Modernes, PCL, Lyon; WP Terra Nova (Opera) with Fura dels Baus, Linz; WP Traviata Remixed with Opera Front, Amsterdam; Debut in Donaueschingen as singer in a premiere by Klaus Schedl; Louis-Spohr-Preis; WP man soll schwimmen, WGT Leipzig; Tamam Shud, Commission for International ARD-Competition; WP Muzak for voice and orchestra, BR-Symphony Orchestra/musica viva
WP of opera Freax (theatrical),Theater Regensburg; WP of opera Caliban at Opera Forward-Festival, Asko-Ensemble/OperaFront; Hellâs Kitchen (music theatre for children) in two new productions (Gelsenkirchen/Freiburg); composer in residence at Staunton Music Festival (Virginia, USA); Moritzâ Kleine Nachtmusik, Late-Night-Show with prominent guests at Lucerne Festival; WP La BETTLEROPERa, Neukoellner Oper, Berlin (with Balletto Civile); Country Music, commissioned for International Zither Competition; WP Pulling the Weed for mixed ensemble, Ensemble der Laender, Schloss Sondershausen
awards and scholarships
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Scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
Prizewinner at the International Gaudeamus Competition for performers of contemporary music, Rotterdam.
Scholarship by the Mozart-Stiftung von 1838
Postgraduate scholarship for the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, London.
Stipendium fuer Musik der Landeshauptstadt Muenchen.
Invitation to the Deutsches Studienzentrum Venice.
Postgraduate-scholarship of the Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich.
Tanglewood "fellow in composition" scholarship.
"Seraphim" finalist at the International Gaudeamus Competition.
Villa Massimo-Stipendium ("prix de Rome").
Invitation to the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
"Vexations" finalist at the International Gaudeamus Competition.
"Seraphim" finalist at the International Competition for Trombone Composition
Great composition prize of the Salzburger Osterfestspiele (for "Haemmerklavier").
2nd prize "Stuttgarter Kompositionswettbewerb" for "Adagio - an answered question" and "Bad Attitude".
Special Mention for "Haemmerklavier VI" at the Ennio Porrino competition for piano composition.
First Prize "Ad Referendum" - competition, Montreal, Canada, for "Bad Attitude".
Selected for the "CD-Edition Zeitgenoessischer Musik" of the Deutsche Musikrat
Foerderpreis der Ernst-von Siemens-Stiftung.
First Prize at the International Ton de Leeuw competition for "Bad Attitude".
Bavarian State Prize
2nd prize International Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition (USA) (for "Number Nine I-III"
Special mention at the International Composition Competition "Val Tidone" (Italy) for "Croatoan II",
Prizewinner at the 3rd International Contemporary Music Contest "Cittá di Udine" (Italy) for "Croatoan I";
selected for the director prize "Cutting Edge" of the state theatre Darmstadt (with "The Search for Klanng")
3rd prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Chitarristica Paolo Barsacchi for "Vermilion Sands"; 1st prize 11o Concorso Europeo "Cittá di Barletta" (for "Croatoan I"); Finalist at ALEA III competition, Boston (with "Croatoan III", Premiere 29th September); selected for the Music at the Anthology commissioning program, New York
2nd prize Salvatore Martirano Award , University of Illinois, USA (for "Bad Attitude"; 2nd prize Molinari-quartet competition (for "Little Hideaways")
2nd prize Britten on the Bay competition (USA), for "Skelter
Member of the Freie Akademie der Kuenste , Mannheim;
3rd prize Schweinfurter Kompositionswettbewerb (for "Behr-Khyrsh-Interludes"); Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste ;
1st prize Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition (fĂŒr "pong");
3rd prize at the Georg-Muffat-Kompositionswettbewerb , Salzburg (Austria), with "ostinato" for organ;
"Foerderpreis of the "Internationale Bodenseekonferenz , as composer;
"Critics Choice" der Jazz-Zeitung, 2003/10 for "wide unclasp" (CD);
"wide unclasp" CD of the week , Frankfurter Rundschau (12/17/2003);
Honorary Logos Award for the best concert performance of the year 2003 from Logos Foundation , Belgium
"wide unclasp" listed in the CD- "top list of the year 2003 , NMZ (Neue Musik Zeitung); ); composer in residence at the Nationaltheater Mannheim; "Pollicino (Wergo-CD of the childrens opera by Hans Werner Henze, conductor: Jobst Liebrecht, soloists Maria Pflueger, vl., Moritz Eggert, pf.) wins ECHO-KLASSIK-CD-Award in the category "Best CD with music for children; "The One Minute Piece That Took Me Ages To Do And Which Is Really Impressive" selected for Vox Novus 60x60-project, New York, Seal of approval "Praxiserprobt - empfohlen vom Verband Deutscher Musikschulen" for the piece "Kisses In The Air"; Symphoniker Preis der Brandenburger Symphoniker for "Number Nine V";
Audience Prize beim Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra International Composers Award, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for "Number Nine IV: Scapa Flow"
"puzzled (film by Andreas Simon, music: Moritz Eggert) finalist in the Munich short film competition Filmnach8;
jury prize for "puzzled" at the trigital short film festival in Graz, Austria
"Skelter" Finalist at the Thailand International Competition for Saxophone ;
The "Max-Reger-Gesangsvereinigung" wins 1st prize at the "Deutsche Maennerchorwettbewerb" with the piece streaming ;
Haemmerklavier XIII >/b> selected for the "Muenchener Klavierbuch (composition competition)
Fast Forward "honorable mention" at the 206 Forecast Music 2006 international call for scores
Full Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
Muenchener Abendzeitung: Stern der Woche for the portrayal of "Walter Raleigh" in Klaus Schedl's opera "TILT" (Munich Biennale)
Ehrenpreis of the Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Bayerischen Opernfestspiele (for Wagner versus Verdi)
Howard-Hanson-Visiting-Professor Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
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Composer, pianist, conductor, performer, singer, writer
Moritz Eggert (*1965, Heidelberg) is considered one of the most versatile and adventurous voices of contemporary music.
Born in Heidelberg and growing up in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Frankfurt am Main he was already playing keyboard in various Rock- and Jazz-Ensembles during school, followed by academic studies as a classical pianist and composer. These studies continued in London in Munich (where he resides today with his wife, the writer Andrea Heuser, and his two children).
From the beginning he worked in all musical genres as a composer â his list of works already encompasses more than 250 works, not only 13 operas but also several ballets and works for dance and music theatre, orchestral music, chamber and ensemble music, vocal and choir music (with a strong focus on âLiedâ), church music, experimental and electronic music, instrumental concertos, music for children and youths, music for film and radio as well as radio plays and open air spectacles. He is a renowned and experienced pianist and has played countless premieres of his own and other works in Germany and abroad. In the last years he is also increasingly appearing as a conductor, actor and singer, performing in operas and theatre.
Together with Sandeep Bhagwati he founded â still a student â the âADEvantgarde Festivalâ for young composers in Munich, a festival that is still going strong today. He is a vocal opponent of cuts in arts funding and has been a board member of the âGerman Composerâs Associationâ for 3 years. Next to his many articles for national and international print and online media he is also writing regularly (often scathingly ironic and thought-provoking) for his own âBad Blog of Musickâ, which is considered the most influential blog for contemporary music in Germany. He is considered an instigator of change in New Music and has often criticized its ivory tower attitude. This also makes him a passionate defender of the young generation, which he also tutors as a professor of composition at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich (since 2010).
Moritz Eggertâs music is performed worldwide, with pieces like his piano solo cycle âHaemmerklavierâ already part of the repertoire of countless young pianists.
Often his music was discussed in the media: he wrote a âsoccer oratorioâ as well as the music for the opening ceremony of the Football World Championship in 2006, which was watched by over a billion people around the world. The German yellow press has coined him a âporn composerâ for his opera âThe Snailâ and his opera âFreaxâ resulted in a scandal and the cancellation of the theatrical performance. An eccentric collage of all Mozart Operas was met with heated discussion at the Salzburger Festspiele and his âFootballetâ at the Viennese Opera Ball had him attacked by old ladies for âdesecratingâ it - it was the first piece of contemporary music to ever be performed there. He continuously tries to write against the public image of the âwell-behavedâ classical composer, with many genre crossing projects like with German Electro Pop Duo â2Raumwohnungâ and TV entertainer Harald Schmidt.
Currently Moritz Eggert is creating a new version of the âBeggarâs Operaâ with Balletto Civile, Milano and the âNeukoellner Operâ, Berlin, and 2 new operas for Berlin and Bonn.
public functions/honours/posts, past and present
- Regular member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste (since 2003)
- General secretary of âPro-Klassik e.V.â initiator of the initiative âPro Klassikâ (2003-2007)
- Member of the Freie Akademie der Kuenste, Mannheim (since 2002)
- Member of the selection jury (FESAM /Fonds EuropĂ©en des SociĂ©tĂ©s dâ Auteurs pour la Musique), 2002-2006
- Artistic Director of the Adevantgarde-Festival, Munich, director (or codirector) of all festivals since 1991, organisation of several concerts in Munich.
- Programming of the concert series âNeue Musik im Neuen Museum Nuernbergâ (since 2001)
- Programming of the concert series âBad Attitudeâ , âNeue Kammermusik mit Klavierâ, Stadttheater Guetersloh, 1999-2002
- Jury member of theâDeutscher Konservatoriumswettbewerbâ 1998
- Jury member of the Conservatoire Lyon (France), piano diploma 2003
- Jury member âWeimarer Fruehjahrstage fĂŒr Neue Musikâ 2004
- Advisor of the âArbeitsgruppe E-Musikâ, Deutscher Komponisten Verband (since 2004)
- Jury member âBayerischer Staatsfoerderpreisâ / CitĂ© des Arts (since 2004)
- Teacher at the âKurse fuer Junge Komponisten in Weikersheimâ (2005)
- Board Member of the Deutsche Komponistenverband (2004-2007)
- Jury member Paul und Kaethe Kick-Schmidt-Stiftung (2004-2005)
- Jury member Paul Woitschach-Stiftung (2004-2007)
- Teacher Musikhochschule Muenchen (experimental piano playing, 2005-2006)
- Jury member Mozartstiftung 1838 (December 2006)
- Artistic advisor âJunges Klangforum Mitte Europasâ (since 2006)
- Official supporter of âGoerlitz 2010â, culture capital of Europe (2003-2006)
- Member of the âWerkausschussâ (GEMA) (since 2006)
- Member of the National Panel âMusikurheberâ (GEMA) (since 2008)
- Jury member ADEvantgarde opera competition (since 2008)
- Advisory Board member of âLudwig van B.â â Network for musical youth education in Bonn (since 2009)
- Jury member âDeutscher Musikautorenpreisâ GEMA 2009, 2010, 2013
- Jury member âMalaysian and South-East-Asian Young Composers Competitionâ (Kuala Lumpur, 2009)
- Regular member of the Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur (2010)
- Professor for composition at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich (2010-)
- Advisor board âClassical Nextâ (2011-2015)
- Jury member âKompositionswettbewerb fĂŒr Kinder und Jugendlicheâ (2012-), Music University Munic
- Honorary member âADEvantgarde e.V.â (2013)
- âMainzer Musikdozenturâ Music University Mainz (2014)
- Howard Hanson Visiting Professor, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York (2015)
- Founding member of the âErik Satie Societyâ (2015)
- Jury Member âGuenter-Bialas-Wettbewerbâ, 2012, 2016
- Jury Member âAkademie Musiktheater Heuteâ 2016
- Jury Member for âVilla Massimoâ, âCasa Baldiâ, âDeutsches Studienzentrum Venedigâ, âCitĂ© des Arts Parisâ 2016-
- Jury Member for âTonali-Wettbewerbâ, 2018
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