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Hans Thomalla, born in Bonn, Germany, is a Chicago based composer. His compositions explore the transitions between music as historically formed expression, often disecting found "objects" from music tradition, and sound as its own acoustic reality. He has written chamber music as well as orchestral works, and a particular focus of his activity lies in composing for the stage: his opera “Fremd” for soloists, choir, large orchestra and electronics, was premiered at the main stage of the Stuttgart Opera in July 2011. His second opera "Kaspar Hauser" will see its first performance at the Freiburg Opera in April 2016. He has worked closely with groups such as Ensemble Recherche, the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Ascolta, Spektral Quartet, Trio Accanto, and soloists such as Nicolas Hodges, Lucas Fels, Marcus Weiss, Sarah-Maria Sun, Yukiko Sugawara among others. A portrait CD of his works performed by Ensemble Recherche and Lucas Fels is published by WERGO, and a recording of his opera "Fremd" has been produced by Col Legno. Hans Thomalla is Associate Professor of Composition at Northwestern University, where he also directs the Institute for New Music. He taught masterclasses and seminars at different courses such as Matrix Freiburg and at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, where he was on the composition faculty for several years, and were he directed the first Darmstadt Opera Workshop for composers and singers in 2014. Hans Thomalla studied at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule and received his doctoral degree in composition at Stanford University. From 1999-2002 he was an Assistant Dramaturge and later Dramaturge and Musical Advisor of the Dramaturgie at the Stuttgart Opera. He has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships, among others the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, and the Christoph-Delz-Prize. During the academic year 2014/15 he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

 

 






Hans Thomalla wurde in Bonn geboren. Er lebt in Chicago, wo er an der Northwestern University Komposition unterrichtet und als Direktor das Institut für Neue Musik leitet. Seine Werke thematisieren die Ambivalenz von Musik als akustisch geprägte Klangrealität einerseits und als kulturell und geschichtlich bestimmter Ausdruck andererseits. Er schreibt Kammer- und Orchestermusik, ein besonderer Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeit ist jedoch das Musiktheater: seine erste Oper „Fremd“ für Solisten, Chor, großes Orchester und Elektronische Klänge wurde im Juli 2011 im großen Haus der Stuttgarter Oper uraufgeführt. Seine zweite Oper "Kaspar Hauser" wird im April 2016 am Theater Freiburg zur Uraufführung kommen. Hans Thomalla studierte Komposition an der Frankfurter Musikhochschule und an der Stanford University. Er erhielt zahlreiche Preise und Stipendien, unter anderem den Förderpreis der Ernst v. Siemens Musikstiftung, den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, sowie den Christoph-Delz-Preis. Im akademischen Jahr 2014/15 war er Fellow am Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.