Harald Muenz

Harald Muenz was born in 1965 in Schwabisch Hall. He studied composition with Helmut Lachenmann and Krzysztof Meyer, and further with Johannes Fritsch, Klarenz Barlow, Zygmunt Krauze, Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel. Alongside extensive chamber, orchestra and vocal compositions he has been especially involved with speech sound composition and radiophonic works.

His works have been premiered by, amongst others, Ensemble Modern, Alter Ego, Phorminx, quartett avance, (duo)2, ArchaeOpteryX, Black Jackets, Beth Griffith, Hanna Aurbacher and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received performances in Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, Holland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the USA, and his music has been broadcast throughout Germany and many other countries including also the USA.

He has received many bursaries and prizes, including the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur NRW, the Forderpreis Musik des Landes NRW, the Bernd-Aiois- Zimmermann-Stipendium Koln, and he has been invited to the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, the Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. Current projects include a German-Italian project SIXPACK (to premiere in March 2001 at the Italian Cultural Institute, Cologne); The Self Composer for sightreading instrumentalist with laptop; and a commission from Ensemble Koln.

Harald Muenz lives in Cologne as a freelance artist, and is also active as an author, specialist translator and lecturer on new music.

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