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Aribert  Reimann

Born: March 4th, 1936
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-23 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:30
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-26 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:00

Aribert Reimann’s music assimilates an essential artistic constellation in the first modern period, namely the issue of the character of a work and the autonomy of art in view of an externally and internally disjointed society. Art can no longer be of comfort … (Wolfgang Rathert)

Aribert Reimann was born on 4 March 1936 in Berlin. He grew up in a musical family; his father was an organist and director of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir, his mother was a renowned oratorio singer and singing teacher. Reimann composed his first lieder with piano at the age of ten. After having passed his Abitur [higher education entrance examination] in 1955, he worked as repetiteur in the Studio of the State Opera House in Berlin and simultaneously studied composition with Boris Blacher and Ernst Pepping and piano with Otto Rausch at the Academy of Music in Berlin. He gave his first concerts as pianist and lied accompanist in 1957. A year later, he attended the University of Vienna to study musicology. His ballet Stoffreste based on a libretto by Günter Grass received its premiere at the Städtische Bühnen in Essen in 1959. Music theatre and lieder provided the nucleus for Reimann’s further artistic development. As early as 1971, the composer was awarded the German Critics’ Prize for his complete oeuvre up to that date. From 1974 to 1983, he was professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule with the specialist area contemporary lied and from 1983 in the same function at the Berlin University of the Arts. Aribert Reimann lives and works in Berlin.

The affinity for the human voice provides a strong impulse for Aribert Reimann’s compositional activity. Alongside lied settings of texts by authors such as Paul Celan, James Joyce, Joseph von Eichendorff and Louïze Labé, the composer has also produced numerous chamber music works, solo concertos and orchestral works such as Miniatures for string quartet (2004/05), the two Piano Concertos (1961 und 1972), Seven Fragments for Orchestra (in memoriam Robert Schumann, 1988) and the orchestral work Zeit-Inseln (2004).

Reimann’s operatic output began in 1965 with the first performance of Ein Traumspiel based on a text by August Strindberg in Kiel. This was followed by Melusine, based on the play by Yvan Goll, premiered at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1971. With his opera Lear (1978, Bayerische Staatsoper), Aribert Reimann was able to win over not only specialists and critics but also a wider public for his characteristic personal style: the work has been performed internationally in more than thirty productions. With its basis on the play by William Shakespeare, the composer created music with an almost physical directness which is at all times aware of its existence on the borderline to being struck dumb. In 1984, Die Gespenstersonate, also on a text by August Strindberg, was premiered in Berlin and, in 1986, Troades based on the play by Euripides in the version by Franz Werfel. Reimann undertook a further ambitious literary project from 1990 to1992 with his opera Das Schloß based on the novel by Franz Kafka (first performance 1992): the nightmarish and labyrinthine atmosphere of the text is reflected in a chamber musical and fragile texture of the music. The premiere of Bernarda Alba’s House, based on the text by Federico García Lorca, took place at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2000. Considered as one of the leading German-speaking opera composers, Aribert Reimann has received a commission from the Vienna State Opera to compose an opera on Medea based on the play of the same name by Franz Grillparzer which has been awarded "World Première of the Year" by German magazine "Opernwelt".

Aribert Reimann has received numerous honours and awards, including the Grand Cross for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985, the 'Prix de composition musicale de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco' in 1986, the Bach Prize of the Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg in 1987, the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 1988, in 1991 the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Grand Cross with Star for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995, the Goldene Nadel from the Dramatiker Union in 2002, the Berlin Art Prize for Music and the medal of the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg in 2002, the Arnold Schönberg Prize in 2006 and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2011. In 1999, Reimann was appointed as Commandeur de 'L'Ordre du Mérite Culturel de la Principauté de Monaco’. He is also a member of the Order Pour le Mérite for science and the arts and honorary member of the German Music Council.

1936
Born in Berlin on 4 March
1955
Completed secondary education in Berlin; Répétiteur at the studio of the Städtische Oper, Berlin
1955-60
Studied composition with Boris Blacher and Ernst Pepping and piano with Otto Rausch in Berlin
1957
Began his career as a pianist, both as soloist and accompanist
1958
Studied musicology at the University of Vienna
1962
Berlin Arts Award 1962 for Music (Young Generation)
1963
Received Rome Prize and studied at the Villa Massimo
1965
First Prize of the Robert Schumann Prize 1964 of Düsseldorf
World premiere of the opera "Ein Traumspiel" at the Bühnen der Landeshauptstadt Kiel
1966
Stuttgart Award for Young Composers
1971
Member of the Berlin Akademie der Künste
World premiere of the opera "Melusine" at the Schwetzingen Festival
Critics Award for Music (1970) for his Oeuvre and particularly for the Music of the ballet "Die Vogelscheuchen"
1974-83
Professor of the Contemporary Lied at the Hamburg Musikhochschule
1976
Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
1978
World premiere of the opera "Lear" at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
1983-98
Professor of the Contemporary Lied at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste
1984
World premiere of the opera "Die Gespenstersonate" at the Hebbel Theater Berlin
1985
Member of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg
Received the Grand Cross for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ludwig Spohr Prize of Braunschweig
1986
World premiere of the opera "Troades" at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
Music Composition Award of the Prince Pierre Foundation of Monaco
1987
Bach Prize of the Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg
1988
Order of Merit of the state of Berlin
1991
Frankfurt Music Prize
1992
World premiere of the opera "Das Schloß" at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin
1993
Member of the Order "Pour le Mérite" for Science and Art; Officier of the "L'Ordre de Mérite Culturel" of the Principality of Monaco
1995
Received the Grand Cross with Star for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1999
Commandeur de "L'Ordre de Mérite Culturel" de la Principauté de Monaco; "Goldene Nadel" of the German Association of Playwrites
2000
World premiere of the opera "Bernarda Albas Haus" at the Bayerische Staatsoper München
2002
Music Award 2002 of the Cultural Foundation Dortmund; Senator of Honour of the University of Arts, Berlin; Berlin Arts Award 2002 for Music; Badge of Honour of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg
2003
Entry in the Golden Book of the City of Bonn; Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
2005
Honorary Member of the Deutscher Musikrat; Member of the 'Ordre de Saint Charles' of the Principality of Monaco
2006
Arnold Schönberg Prize Berlin
2010
"Medea" is chosen "World Premiere of the Year" by an international jury for German magazine "Opernwelt"
2011
GEMA German Music Authors Award (category "opera/lied")
Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
2016
Robert Schumann-Preis für Dichtung und Musik
_____
Aribert Reimann lives in Berlin
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-23 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:30
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-26 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-29 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:00
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-08 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-18 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-22 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-25 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-31 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
2018-02-25 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus, Rangfoyer
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-17 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-18 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-21 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-04-14 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-04-15 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-05-11 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus

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Aribert Reimann’s music assimilates an essential artistic constellation in the first modern period, namely the issue of the character of a work and the autonomy of art in view of an externally and internally disjointed society. Art can no longer be of comfort … (Wolfgang Rathert)

Aribert Reimann was born on 4 March 1936 in Berlin. He grew up in a musical family; his father was an organist and director of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir, his mother was a renowned oratorio singer and singing teacher. Reimann composed his first lieder with piano at the age of ten. After having passed his Abitur [higher education entrance examination] in 1955, he worked as repetiteur in the Studio of the State Opera House in Berlin and simultaneously studied composition with Boris Blacher and Ernst Pepping and piano with Otto Rausch at the Academy of Music in Berlin. He gave his first concerts as pianist and lied accompanist in 1957. A year later, he attended the University of Vienna to study musicology. His ballet Stoffreste based on a libretto by Günter Grass received its premiere at the Städtische Bühnen in Essen in 1959. Music theatre and lieder provided the nucleus for Reimann’s further artistic development. As early as 1971, the composer was awarded the German Critics’ Prize for his complete oeuvre up to that date. From 1974 to 1983, he was professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule with the specialist area contemporary lied and from 1983 in the same function at the Berlin University of the Arts. Aribert Reimann lives and works in Berlin.

The affinity for the human voice provides a strong impulse for Aribert Reimann’s compositional activity. Alongside lied settings of texts by authors such as Paul Celan, James Joyce, Joseph von Eichendorff and Louïze Labé, the composer has also produced numerous chamber music works, solo concertos and orchestral works such as Miniatures for string quartet (2004/05), the two Piano Concertos (1961 und 1972), Seven Fragments for Orchestra (in memoriam Robert Schumann, 1988) and the orchestral work Zeit-Inseln (2004).

Reimann’s operatic output began in 1965 with the first performance of Ein Traumspiel based on a text by August Strindberg in Kiel. This was followed by Melusine, based on the play by Yvan Goll, premiered at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1971. With his opera Lear (1978, Bayerische Staatsoper), Aribert Reimann was able to win over not only specialists and critics but also a wider public for his characteristic personal style: the work has been performed internationally in more than thirty productions. With its basis on the play by William Shakespeare, the composer created music with an almost physical directness which is at all times aware of its existence on the borderline to being struck dumb. In 1984, Die Gespenstersonate, also on a text by August Strindberg, was premiered in Berlin and, in 1986, Troades based on the play by Euripides in the version by Franz Werfel. Reimann undertook a further ambitious literary project from 1990 to1992 with his opera Das Schloß based on the novel by Franz Kafka (first performance 1992): the nightmarish and labyrinthine atmosphere of the text is reflected in a chamber musical and fragile texture of the music. The premiere of Bernarda Alba’s House, based on the text by Federico García Lorca, took place at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2000. Considered as one of the leading German-speaking opera composers, Aribert Reimann has received a commission from the Vienna State Opera to compose an opera on Medea based on the play of the same name by Franz Grillparzer which has been awarded "World Première of the Year" by German magazine "Opernwelt".

Aribert Reimann has received numerous honours and awards, including the Grand Cross for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985, the 'Prix de composition musicale de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco' in 1986, the Bach Prize of the Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg in 1987, the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in 1988, in 1991 the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Grand Cross with Star for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995, the Goldene Nadel from the Dramatiker Union in 2002, the Berlin Art Prize for Music and the medal of the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg in 2002, the Arnold Schönberg Prize in 2006 and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2011. In 1999, Reimann was appointed as Commandeur de 'L'Ordre du Mérite Culturel de la Principauté de Monaco’. He is also a member of the Order Pour le Mérite for science and the arts and honorary member of the German Music Council.

Works
Chronology
1936
Born in Berlin on 4 March
1955
Completed secondary education in Berlin; Répétiteur at the studio of the Städtische Oper, Berlin
1955-60
Studied composition with Boris Blacher and Ernst Pepping and piano with Otto Rausch in Berlin
1957
Began his career as a pianist, both as soloist and accompanist
1958
Studied musicology at the University of Vienna
1962
Berlin Arts Award 1962 for Music (Young Generation)
1963
Received Rome Prize and studied at the Villa Massimo
1965
First Prize of the Robert Schumann Prize 1964 of Düsseldorf
World premiere of the opera "Ein Traumspiel" at the Bühnen der Landeshauptstadt Kiel
1966
Stuttgart Award for Young Composers
1971
Member of the Berlin Akademie der Künste
World premiere of the opera "Melusine" at the Schwetzingen Festival
Critics Award for Music (1970) for his Oeuvre and particularly for the Music of the ballet "Die Vogelscheuchen"
1974-83
Professor of the Contemporary Lied at the Hamburg Musikhochschule
1976
Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
1978
World premiere of the opera "Lear" at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
1983-98
Professor of the Contemporary Lied at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste
1984
World premiere of the opera "Die Gespenstersonate" at the Hebbel Theater Berlin
1985
Member of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg
Received the Grand Cross for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ludwig Spohr Prize of Braunschweig
1986
World premiere of the opera "Troades" at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
Music Composition Award of the Prince Pierre Foundation of Monaco
1987
Bach Prize of the Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg
1988
Order of Merit of the state of Berlin
1991
Frankfurt Music Prize
1992
World premiere of the opera "Das Schloß" at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin
1993
Member of the Order "Pour le Mérite" for Science and Art; Officier of the "L'Ordre de Mérite Culturel" of the Principality of Monaco
1995
Received the Grand Cross with Star for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1999
Commandeur de "L'Ordre de Mérite Culturel" de la Principauté de Monaco; "Goldene Nadel" of the German Association of Playwrites
2000
World premiere of the opera "Bernarda Albas Haus" at the Bayerische Staatsoper München
2002
Music Award 2002 of the Cultural Foundation Dortmund; Senator of Honour of the University of Arts, Berlin; Berlin Arts Award 2002 for Music; Badge of Honour of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg
2003
Entry in the Golden Book of the City of Bonn; Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
2005
Honorary Member of the Deutscher Musikrat; Member of the 'Ordre de Saint Charles' of the Principality of Monaco
2006
Arnold Schönberg Prize Berlin
2010
"Medea" is chosen "World Premiere of the Year" by an international jury for German magazine "Opernwelt"
2011
GEMA German Music Authors Award (category "opera/lied")
Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
2016
Robert Schumann-Preis für Dichtung und Musik
_____
Aribert Reimann lives in Berlin
Performances
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-23 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:30
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-26 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2017-08-29 | Salzburg (Austria), Felsenreitschule — 19:00
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-08 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-18 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-22 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-25 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
2017-10-31 | Berlin (Germany), Deutsche Oper
2018-02-25 | Chemnitz (Germany), Opernhaus, Rangfoyer
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-17 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-18 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-03-21 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-04-14 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-04-15 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
Conductor: Walter E. Gugerbauer
2018-05-11 | Hof (Germany), Theater - Großes Haus
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