• born 1951 in Mannheim/Germany.
  • studies in cello ( with Hans Adomeit, Wolfgang Mehlhorn und Johannes Goritzki), composition (with Hans Vogt and Jürg Baur) and musical theory at Mannheim and Cologne
  • 1979-87 part-time lecture-ship for music theory at the Academy of Music Rhineland/Cologne,
  • 1989/90 guest lectures at the National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu/Taiwan
    from 1992 to now teacher for composition and musical theory at the Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music (Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg-Augsburg), since 2014 Professor in music theory and composition
  • since 1993 also regular activities as author of broadcast-features for "Commentaries on New Music" ( SWF Baden-Baden )
  • 1994/95 workshops for analysis and composition at the National Institut of the Arts in Taipei/Taiwan
  • 2011 Taipei/Taiwan-TMC International Music Camp-workshop and lecture
  • 2013 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium "Music and Movement" University of New Mexico, workshop and lecture
  • 2014 professor for music theorie and composition at the university of music Nuernberg
  • 2016 retirement, intensified activities as composer, cellist, publicist and fotographer


  • 1977 and 1982 invited by Hans Werner Henze to take part in the festival "cantiere internazionale d´arte" in Montepulciano/Italy
  • 1979 Gulbankian Foundation for the "International Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers" in Guildford/England
  • 1979-83 composer in residence/studio of the Brahms-Foundation Baden-Baden
  • 1982 German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome/Italy
  • 1987 Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann scholarship of the City of Cologne


  • 1982 award for young composers of the City of Stuttgart (first prize)
  • 1987 "Concours International de Composition Musical Opera & Ballet" Geneva/Switzerland - award for the symphony Leviathan

Portrait photo
(©Heike Melchior)