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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).

since 1976
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. 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)

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 won’t 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 „Devil’s 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; “Devil’s 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 Handke’s 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; Hell’s Kitchen (music theatre for children) in two new productions (Gelsenkirchen/Freiburg); composer in residence at Staunton Music Festival (Virginia, USA); Moritz‘ 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

Chamber Music commissions from Great Britain (Fantasia in Stereo), The Netherlands (The Collectors), Spain (Haemmerklavier XXVI), USA (Julieta’s Sarabande) and Germany (It takes two), theatrical performances of The Other (Theater Bremen, Wave-Gotik-Festival) and Hell’s Kitchen (New Production, Munster); German and Austrian Premiere of Caliban (New Production Junge Oper Rhein Main); Anthem for the Anniversary of the Bayerische Theaterakademie (For EverDing

2019 Premiere of the Music Theatre Maedchenmonstermusik (with Tom Smith), Leipzig; Premiere of the opera M – eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder (Komische Oper Berlin); Austrian Premiere of Caliban (Tiroler Festspiele, Austria); Italian Premiere of Die Tiefe des Raumes (Gustav-Mahler-Festspiele Toblach, participation as conductor); Premiere of Song Play Ein Fest fĂŒr Mackie in Bochum (with Katharina Schmauder, Director: Johan Simons, participation as performer and actor); Premiere of music theatre Martien Martienne (France, with Percussions Claviers de Lyon/ Laurent FrĂ©churet); Premiere of Song Play Die zwei Tauben (on a rhine ferry between Cologne/Bonn, director and lyrics: Patrick Hahn, participation as performer and actor); violin cycle mir mit dir is premiered by 10 internationally renowned soloists at the Kronberg Academy; WP Silly Symphony for children’s instruments and orchestra, Mozartfest Augsburg (participation as performer); „Oper fĂŒr Ungeduldige“ (Videos, ZDF/German TV); WP traitĂ© des passions (for baroque ensemble and soloists), Hierarchy (for ensembles), Organ (organ solo); further chamber music works for piano, harp and voice; original broadcast of the radio play version of Hells Kitchen

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".

Schneider-Schott Prize.
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;
"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)

„Ehrenpreis“ of the „Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Bayerischen Opernfestspiele“ (for „Wagner versus Verdi“)

Howard-Hanson-Visiting-Professor Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY


Guest of Honour Villa Massimo, Rome

short biography
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Moritz Eggert,
Composer, pianist, conductor, performer, singer, writer

Short biography

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 – his list of works already encompasses more than 275 works, not only 16 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 “Lied”), 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 – still a student – the “ADEvantgarde Festival” for young composers in Munich, a festival that is still going strong today. He is considered an important voice of Germany’s cultural life and has been a board member of the “German Composer’s Association” 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 “Bad Blog of Musick”, 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 Eggert’s music is performed worldwide, with pieces like his piano solo cycle “Haemmerklavier” already part of the repertoire of countless young pianists.
Often his music was discussed in the media: he wrote a “soccer oratorio” 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 “porn composer” for his opera “The Snail” and his opera “Freax” 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 “Footballet” at the Viennese Opera Ball had him attacked by old ladies for “desecrating” 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 “well-behaved” classical composer, with many genre crossing projects like with German Electro Pop Duo “2Raumwohnung” and TV entertainer Harald Schmidt.

Currently Moritz Eggert is working on a large project for the Beethoven anniversary year (Beethovenorchester Bonn) and a new opera for the Bonn opera house. He is also preparing orchestral concertos for percussion (Konstantyn Napolov) and violin/viola (Elisabeth Kufferath).

January 2019

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 EuropĂ©en des SociĂ©tĂ©s 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 fĂŒr Neue Musik“ 2004
- Advisor of the „Arbeitsgruppe E-Musik“, Deutscher Komponisten Verband (since 2004)
- Jury member „Bayerischer Staatsfoerderpreis“ / CitĂ© 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, 2013
- 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” (2011-2015)
- Jury member „Kompositionswettbewerb fĂŒr Kinder und Jugendliche“ (2012-), Music University Munic
- Honorary member „ADEvantgarde e.V.“ (2013)
- “Mainzer Musikdozentur” Music University Mainz (2014)
- Howard Hanson Visiting Professor, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York (2015)
- Founding member of the “Erik Satie Society” (2015)
- Jury Member „Guenter-Bialas-Wettbewerb“, 2012, 2016
- Jury Member „Akademie Musiktheater Heute“ 2016
- Jury Member for „Villa Massimo“, „Casa Baldi“, „Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig“, „CitĂ© des Arts Paris“ 2016-
- Jury Member for „Tonali-Wettbewerb“, 2018
- Jury Member Red Note New Music Festival Composition Competition, 2019


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