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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 and Hans-Juergen von Bose).
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. Booger’s 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. Booger’s 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)
“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)
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 (für "pong");
3rd prize at the Georg-Muffat-Kompositionswettbewerb , Salzburg (Austria), with "ostinato" for organ;
"Foerderpreis” of the "Internationale Bodenseekonferenz” , as composer;
"Critic’s 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 children’s 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)
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composer, pianist, performer, conductor, author
Moritz Eggert (*1965, Heidelberg) studied piano and composition at Dr.Hoch´s Konservatorium in Frankfurt (with Wolfgang Wagenhaeuser and Claus Kuehnl), at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt (with Leonard Hokanson) and in Munich at the Musikhochschule Muenchen (with Wilhelm Killmayer). He also played keyboard in various bands, together with guitarist Marcus Deml. Later he continued his piano studies with Raymund Havenith and Dieter Lallinger, and his composition studies with Hans-Jürgen von Bose in Munich. In 1992 he spent a year in London as a post-graduate composition student with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama.
Moritz Eggert has covered all genres in his work – his oeuvre includes 11 operas as well as ballets and works for dance and music theatre, often with unusual performance elements. 1997 German TV produced a feature-length film portrait about his music.
As a pianist he regularly collaborates with many artists, as soloist with orchestra, as chamber music partner in various formations and as a Lied accompanist. In 1996 he presented the complete works for piano solo by Hans Werner Henze for the first time in one concert, in 1989 he was a prizewinner at the International Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music. He is a regular guest artist at festivals around the world and has been commissioning composers for various chamber music projects (like “Neue Dichter Lieben” or “Pop Aid”). He lives in Munich, Germany.
As a composer Moritz Eggert has been awarded with prizes like the composition prize of the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the Schneider/Schott-prize, the „Ad Referendum“-prize in Montréal, the Siemens Förderpreis for young composers, and the Zemlinsky Prize. 2003 he became a member of the “Bayerische Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste”.
1991 he founded - together with Sandeep Bhagwati - the A*Devantgarde festival for new music, which took place for the 11th time in June 2011.
His concert-length cycle for piano solo, „Haemmerklavier“, is among his best known works and has been performed around the world. He wrote 11 operas and countless works for dance and music theatre.
Moritz Eggert’s music has often been at the center of media attention. He wrote a “soccer oratorio” and the music for the opening ceremony for the German FIFA World Cup 2006 (Director: Christian Stueckl, Design: Marlene Pohley). The German yellow press berated his opera “The Snail” (librettist and director: Hans Neuenfels) as a “vile porn opera”. Another of his operas, “Freax” (libretto: Hannah Dübgen), created a scandal around it’s director Christoph Schlingensief. A collage of all 22 Mozart operas for the Salzburger Festspiele (“Oral Pole Mazy Brats – All Operas by Mozart) was greeted with controversial reactions as well as the “Foot Ballet” for the Viennese Opera Ball (seen as a “sacrilege” by the conservative part of the audience). For the Pop Duo 2raumwohnung he created new songs as well as orchestral remixes. Since recent years he has also incited a heated discussion about the state of contemporary music, both as creator of the “Bad Blog of Musick” and in articles and lectures for various publications.
Among recent projects were his 11th opera “All These Days” for the Theater Bremen and a “Faust”-evening with German Talk Show Host Harald Schmidt and Steven Sloane with the Bochumer Symphoniker. His current projects are an evening with Jan Fabre (Opera Antwerp/international tour), an open air project with Fura dels Baus for the Bavarian State Opera Festival and a ballet after works by Edgar Allan Poe for the Theater Giessen.
Since October 2010 he holds a professorship for composition at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich, Germany.
Premieres by Moritz Eggert were mentioned on national tv news as well as the sports news.
public functions/honours/posts, past and present
- Regular member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste (since 2003)
- General secretary of „Pro-Klassik e.V.“ initiator of the initiative „Pro Klassik“ (2003-2007)
- Member of the Freie Akademie der Kuenste, Mannheim (since 2002)
- Member of the selection jury (FESAM /Fonds Européen des Sociétés d’ 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 „Neue Musik im Neuen Museum Nuernberg“ (since 2001)
- Programming of the concert series „Bad Attitude“ , „Neue Kammermusik mit Klavier“, Stadttheater Guetersloh, 1999-2002
- Jury member of the„Deutscher Konservatoriumswettbewerb“ 1998
- Jury member of the Conservatoire Lyon (France), piano diploma 2003
- Jury member „Weimarer Fruehjahrstage für Neue Musik“ 2004
- Advisor of the „Arbeitsgruppe E-Musik“, Deutscher Komponisten Verband (since 2004)
- Jury member „Bayerischer Staatsfoerderpreis“ / Cité des Arts (since 2004)
- Teacher at the „Kurse fuer Junge Komponisten in Weikersheim“ (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 „Junges Klangforum Mitte Europas“ (since 2006)
- Official supporter of „Goerlitz 2010“, culture capital of Europe (2003-2006)
- Member of the “Werkausschuss” (GEMA) (since 2006)
- Member of the National Panel “Musikurheber” (GEMA) (since 2008)
- Jury member ADEvantgarde opera competition (since 2008)
- Advisory Board member of “Ludwig van B.” – Network for musical youth education in Bonn (since 2009)
- Jury member “Deutscher Musikautorenpreis” GEMA 2009, 2010
- Jury member „Malaysian and South-East-Asian Young Composers Competition” (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 “Classical Next” (2011-)
- Jury member „Kompositionswettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche“ (2012-), Music University Munich