Biography

“The decisive aspect is that music is music. It is there because it is, in fact, something and not because it means something or even refers to something else… in silence and listening, it opens up an inner realm that is as far removed from describable, communicable reality as sleeping is from waking.”

Elmar Lampson

Elmar Lampson was born in 1952 in Koblenz and studied composition and violin at the Music Conservatories of Hannover and Würzburg.

After composition studies with Alfred Koerppen, he embarked upon a freelance career as composer, conductor and cultural manager: establishment of the Orchestra Academy Hamburg; collaboration as conductor with composers such as Frank-Michael Beyer, Alfred Schnittke, György Ligeti, Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt; guest conductor with various German and Eastern European orchestras; concert tours as composer and conductor through almost all European countries as well as Russia, Georgia and Kirgizia. In addition to these came teaching activities and lecture tours. He was co-founder of the “Music Seminar Hamburg” and the Festival “Listening Worlds – Hamburg Meetings in Contemporary Music” which took place annually from 1989 to 1998. In 1997 he accepted the appointment as Professor of Ensemble Direction – New Music at the Hochschule for Music and Theater in Hamburg.

In 1998 he was appointed Professor of the Phenomenology of Music at the University of Witten/Herdecke where, from 1998 to 2004, he was Dean of the Faculty for the Studium fundamentale and continues to occupy the Chair for Phenomenology of Music today.

Since the fall of 2004, Elmar Lampson has been President of the Hochschule for Music and Theater Hamburg and teaches there as Professor of Composition and Theory. He has given master classes in composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Music Conservatory in Nagoya, Japan and has published essays and book articles on music phenomenological themes. He is co-editor of the book series “Copyrights” which is published by the cultural publishing house Kadmos, Berlin.

In the year 2011, Elmar Lampson was honored with the Dr. Günther Buch Prize and named Composer in Residence of the International Mahler Orchestra. In 2012, he was admitted into the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg.

Performances, CD Releases and Published Scores, Radio and Television Broadcasts

His oeuvre as composer includes chamber music, solo and ensemble works, orchestral works – including three symphonies – and choral music, theater music and an opera. His music has been released on four CDs with the Viennese label col legno and he has had performances, radio and television broadcasts in many European countries, in the USA, Japan, Canada, Israel, Georgia and Kirgizia.

Elmar Lampson’s works are published exclusively by Peermusic Classical, Hamburg/New York.

Performances at Festivals: Tage der Neuen Musik Hannover, Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival, NDR Hamburg „Das Neue Werk“, Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik, Heidelberger Kammermusikfestival, Ars Musica Brüssel, Ars Longa Moskau, Ljubljana-Festival, Festival de Otoño de Gran Canaria, Festival für zeitgenössische Musik Vancouver. Podium Festival Esslingen, Tiroler Festspiele, IDRIART-Festivals in Budapest, Prag, Tbilissi, Tallinn, Bled, Chartres, Hamburger Klangwerktage.

Orchestra Performances: NDR-Sinfonieorchester, Hamburger Symphoniker, Philharmoniker Hamburg, International Mahler Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Orchester Akademie Hamburg, Georgische Staatsphilharmonie, Symphonieorchester Irkutzk, Kammerorchester Minsk, Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele, Ensemble Resonanz, Orchestre Symphonique du Jura,.

Performing Conductors: Facundo Agudin, Jens Georg Bachmann, Alexander Briger, Zuohuang Chen, Justus Frantz, Graham Jackson, Yoel Gamzou, Ingo Ernst Reihl, Muhai Tang, Peter Valentovic, Simone Young.

Performing Ensembles and Soloists (Selection): Quatour Danel, Arditti-Quartett, Schostakowitsch-Quartett, New Helsinki-Quartett, Tallin-Quartett, Hilliard-Ensemble, Trio di Clarone, Julius Stern Trio, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Trio Adorno, Solistenensemble des International Mahler Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz.

Ulrike Bauer-Wirth, Volker Biesenbender, Mark Danel, Guy Danel, Lini Gong, Delphine Lizé, Aphonso Fesch, Stephan Hadjew, David Holzman, Miha Pogacnik, Marianna Popova, Wolfgang Sellner, Maghan Stewart, Stepan Simonian, Vladimir Toncha.

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