Mathias Spahlinger was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1944. His father was a cellist. Beginning in 1951, his father tutored him in fiddle, viola da gamba, recorder and later cello. In 1952, he started piano lessons. In 1959, he began to immerse himself in jazz, took saxophone lessons and wanted to become a jazz musician. In 1962 he left school and apprenticed as a typesetter until 1965. During the apprenticeship he took private composition lessons with Konrad Lechner. After completing the apprenticeship he continued his studies with Lechner at the academy for the musical arts in Darmstadt (piano with Werner Hoppstock). In 1968 he became a teacher at the stuttgart school of music in piano, theory, early music education and experimental music. From 1973-1977 he studied composition with Erhard Karkoschka at the conservatory of music and the performing arts in Stuttgart. In 1978 he became a guest lecturer in music theory at the academy of the arts in Berlin, in 1984, professor of composition and music theory at the conservatory of music in Karlsruhe. In 1990 he became professor of composition and director of the institute for new music at the conservatory of music in Freiburg. He has lived in Potsdam since 2009.


Mathias Spahlinger

farben der frühe
(for seven pianos)

Ensemble Surplus

NEOS 10710

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