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WALTER ZIMMERMANN

Walter Zimmermann, geboren am 15.4.1949 in Schwabach (Mittelfranken), lernt Violine und Oboe, Klavier bei Ernst Gröschel; 1968-70 Pianist im ars-nova-ensemble  Nürnberg; Kompositionsstudium  bei Werner Heider; 1970-73 Studien bei Mauricio Kagel (Kölner Kurse für Neue Musik), im Institut für Sonologie in Utrecht (mit O. E. Laske); 1974 Hamilton, NY., Computermusik; 1975 Rundreise durch die USA Buchpublikation „Desert Plants“(Vancouver 1976); 1976 Aufnahmen von Volksmusik in der Oase Siwa, in einem Ghetto in Pittsburgh, in einem Indianerreservat in Montana und im Hinterland  von Fürth; 1977 Eröffnung des Beginner-Studios, regelmässige Konzerten Neuer Musik  bis 1984; 1980 Förderpreis der Stadt Köln; 1981 Erster Preis „Ensemblia“ Mönchengladbach; 1981 Zweite Buchpublikation „Insel Musik“ (Kerpen 1981); 1982 und 84 Dozent an den Darmstädter Ferienkursen; 1980-84 Kompositionslehrer  am  Conservatoire  Liège; 1985 Dritte Buchpublikation „Morton Feldman Essays“ (Kerpen 1985); 1986 Berlin; 1987 Villa Massimo, Rom; 1988 Prix Italia für „Die Blinden“; 1988 Lehrauftrag im Koninglijk Konservatorium  Den Haag; 1988-93 Frankfurt; 1989 Schneider-Schott  Preis; 1989  „Composer to Composer“ Telluride (Colorado, USA; 1990-92 Kompositionslehrer in Karlsruhe; 1992 Organisation (zusammen mit Stefan Schädler) des Festivals ANARCHIC HARMONY, vierte Buchpublikation (Mainz 1992); 1996 Dozent „June in Buffalo“ (USA); 2003 Gastprofessor (ein Studienjahr) an der ESMUC (Musikhochschule) Barcelona; 2005 Lecturer Julliard School, Columbia University, NYC (USA); 2005 Dozent Universidad de Alcalà de Henares, Spanien; 2006 Lecturer Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory; 2006 Mitglied der Akademie der Künste; 2007 Composer in Residence New England Conservatory Boston; 2009 Ernennung zum Ehrenprofessor des Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; 2013 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Composer in Residence (April 2013); 2013 Fünfte Buchpublikation John Cage „Empty Mind“ (suhrkamp-Verlag);1993-2014 Professur für Komposition  an der Hochschule der Künste Berlin.

 

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Walter Zimmermann

(b. April 15, 1949, Schwabach, Mittelfranken).

German composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and electro-acoustic works that have been successfully performed and recorded across Europe.

Prof. Zimmermann learned piano, violin and oboe at an early age and began composing at age twelve. He attended the Fürth Gymnasium, where he studied piano with Ernst Gröschel. From 1968-70, he was pianist in the Ars Nova ensemble in Nuremberg and studied composition with Werner Heider. From 1970-73, he studied with Mauricio Kagel (at the Kölner Kurse für Neue Musik) and at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht (with O.E. Laske) and the Jaap Kunst Center of Ethnology in Amsterdam.

In 1974, Zimmermann began his stay in the USA, first in Hamilton, New York to study computer music, and then around the States to have conversations with 23 American composers (which were published in the book Desert Plants). In 1976, he recorded folk music in the Siva Oasis, in a ghetto in Pittsburgh, an Indian reservation in Montana, and in the Fürth hinterlands. In 1977, he opened his Beginner Studios in Cologne and gave regular concerts of new music until 1984. In 1992, he and Stefan Schädler organized the Anarchic Harmony Festival in Frankfurt to honor John Cage on his 80th birthday.

He has received numerous awards, including the Förderpreis from the city of Cologne (1980), First Prize at Ensemblia in Mönchengladbach (1981), a scholarship to stay at the Villa Massimo in Rome (1987), the distinguished Prix Italia for his Die Blinden (1988), and the Schneider-Schott Preis (1989).

He has taught composition at the Liège Conservatoire (1980-84) and in Karlsruhe (1990-92) and has been Professor für Komposition at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin since 1993; he has also lectured at Darmstadt (1982, 1984) and at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (1988). He has written the books Desert Plants (1976), Insel Musik (1981) and Morton Feldman Essays (1985).

He is married to the visual artist Nanne Meyer