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Hans Werner  Henze

Born: 01.07.1926
Died: 27.10.2012
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2017-04-08 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Grand Hall, Glasgow City Halls — 20:00
Conductor: Frank Löhr
2017-04-12 | Hannover (Germany), Richard Jakoby Saal — 19:30
If music were a part of man's everyday life, as it should be, there would certainly be less aggression and much more equality and love on Earth; for music is a means of communication and understanding, a means of reconciliation. (Hans Werner Henze)
Born in Gütersloh on 1 July 1926, Henze received his earliest musical training at the Braunschweig Staatsmusikschule. As a child, he witnessed the branding of modern music, art and literature by the Nazis. After having worked as a répétiteur at the Bielefeld Stadttheater Henze began to study with Wolfgang Fortner at the Heidelberg Institute for Church Music in 1946. In the late 1940s he came across serialism and began to attend the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. After fulfilling his engagements at the Constance Theatre and the Wiesbaden Hessisches Staatstheater, Henze left Germany in 1953 and settled in Italy. It was also the geographical distance to the German contemporary music theory that helped him to achieve new varied forms of expression in his own music. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Henze turned to more traditional forms. From 1962 to 1967 Henze taught a master class of composition at the Salzburg Mozarteum while other teaching assignments led him to the USA and Cuba. In Cologne Henze held a chair at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik from 1980 to 1991. In addition, he was appointed composer-in-residence at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood/USA in 1983 and 1988-1996 as well as of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. In 1976 Henze founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano and in 1988 brought the Munich Biennial: International Festival of New Music Theatre into being which he headed until 1996.
Henze's oeuvre as a composer is very comprehensive: He wrote solo concertos, symphonies, oratorios, song cycles, chamber music. It was especially the works for music theatre that have made Henze one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers of our time. The radio opera version of his early opera Ein Landarzt based on Franz Kafka's story of the same name was awarded the 'Prix Italia' as early as 1953. His varied opera repertoire includes works such as Das Wundertheater (1948/64), Boulevard Soltitude (1951), a setting of the Manon Lescaut material, König Hirsch (1953-56), Elegie für junge Liebende (1956/61, rev. 1987), Die Bassariden (1964/65, rev. 1992), Pollicino (1979/80) as well as 'Das verratene Meer' revised in 2003/2005 (Gogo no Eiko, original version 1986/89). Henze entertained a close relationship with Ingeborg Bachmann, their joint collaboration resulting in works such as (1964), Der junge LordDer Prinz von Homburg (1958/59, rev. 1991) as well as Nachtstücke und Arien for soprano and large orchestra (1957).
In the centre of Henze's orchestral compositions are his ten symphonies, including Sinfonia N.9 for mixed choir and orchestra (1995-97) with verses by Hans-Ulrich Treichel based on the novel 'The Seventh Cross' by Anna Seghers – an impressive example of Henze's examination of Germany's National Socialist past. Sinfonia N.10, commissioned by Paul Sacher, was premiered at a widely acclaimed performance in Lucerne in 2002 by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.
Among the numerous awards and prizes received by Henze are: 1990 Ernst von Siemens Music Award, 1995 appointment as Accademico Onorario of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1997 Hans von Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1998 appointment as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2000 Praemium Imperiale in Tokio, 2001 Cannes Classical Award in the category 'Best Living Composer', to mention but a few. 2003 saw his appointment as Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Paris and his receiving the Prize of the International Summer Academy Mozarteum 'Neues Hören' for the successful conveyance of new music. On the occasion of Henze's 80th birthday in 2006, numerous international concert halls, such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Kungliga Filharmonikerna Stockholms Konserthus, dedicated special concert series to him. In 2007 the recording of Henze's melodrama Aristaeus with Martin Wuttke and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marek Janowski was awarded the Echo Klassik in the category 'Best First Recording of the Year'.
1926
Born in Gütersloh on 1 July
1942
Studied at the Brunswick State Music School
1944
Répétiteur at the Bielefelder Stadttheater
1946
Studied at the Institute for Church Music in Heidelberg and with Wolfgang Fortner
1948
Music collaborator of Heinz Hilpert at the Deutsches Theater at Konstanz
1950
Artistic director and conductor of the ballet of  the Hessisches Staatstheater at Wiesbaden
1951
Robert Schumann Prize of the city of Düsseldorf
1953
Settled in Italy
1956
Sibelius Gold Medal, London
1957
Great Arts Award of North Rhine-Westphalia
1958
Music Critics Award of Buenos Aires
1959
Great Arts Award of Berlin
1960-68
Member of the West Berlin Akademie der Künste
1961
Arts Award of Lower Saxony, Hanover
1962-67
Master class in composition at the Salzburg Mozarteum
1964
Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
1967
Visiting professor at the Dartmouth College New Hampshire, USA
1968
Associate member of the East Berlin Akademie der Künste, GDR
1969-70
Teaching and research activities in La Habana, Cuba
1971
Honorary doctorate of music of the University of Edinburgh
1975
Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, London
1976
Founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano
1980
Awards of the city of Positano for the baletts "Ondine" and "Orpheus"
1980-91
Professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne
1981
Founded the Mürztaler Musikwerkstätten, Mürzzuschlag (Styria)
1982
Honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
1983
Director of the 3. Mürztaler Musikwerkstatt
1984
Founded the Deutschlandsberger Jugendmusikfest (Styria)
1987
International Chair for Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London
1988
Composer-in-Residence at the Berkshire Music Center in Tangelwood/MA (USA)
1989
Director of the "Gütersloher Sommerakademie Hans Werner Henze"
1990
"Apollo d'oro", Bilbao
1991
Honorary member of the International Society of New Music
1992

Member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg

1995
Accademico Onorario of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
1996
President of the Contemporary Opera Studio of the English National Opera
1997
Hans-von-Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
1998
Premio Abbiati 1998 of the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali for the production "Venus und Adonis" at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
2000
Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo
2001
"Deutscher Tanzpreis 2001"
2002
"Laurence Olivier Award 2000" in the category "Best New Opera Production" for "Boulevard Solitude" at the Royal Opera House in London
2003
Complete performance of all ten symphonies at festival "Présences" in Paris
2004
Honorary doctorate of the University for Music and Performing Arts, Munich
2006
Premio "Franco Abbiati" della critica musicale italiana 2006 for the production of "Elegy for Young Lovers" at Teatro delle Muse, Ancona (direction, stage and costume design Pier Luigi Pizzi)
2007
Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
2010
Aquila d'Oro of the Associazione Corfinium onlus for his merits for the Italian culture
2011
Lifetime Achievement Award of the GEMA Music Author’s Award
2012
Died on 27 October in Dresden
Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2017-04-08 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Grand Hall, Glasgow City Halls — 20:00
Conductor: Frank Löhr
2017-04-12 | Hannover (Germany), Richard Jakoby Saal — 19:30
Conductor: Felix Bender
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2017-04-25 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-04-29 | Gütersloh (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-02 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-04 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-05-05 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 19:30
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 19:30
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-07 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-09 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-11 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-05-11 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-06-09 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
Conductor: Chris Holley
Orchestra: South Birmingham Sinfonia
2017-07-15 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre — 19:30
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-07-30 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-07-31 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-05 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-06 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-07 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Orchestra: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
2018-04-26 | New York, NY (United States of America), Rose Studio

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If music were a part of man's everyday life, as it should be, there would certainly be less aggression and much more equality and love on Earth; for music is a means of communication and understanding, a means of reconciliation. (Hans Werner Henze)
Born in Gütersloh on 1 July 1926, Henze received his earliest musical training at the Braunschweig Staatsmusikschule. As a child, he witnessed the branding of modern music, art and literature by the Nazis. After having worked as a répétiteur at the Bielefeld Stadttheater Henze began to study with Wolfgang Fortner at the Heidelberg Institute for Church Music in 1946. In the late 1940s he came across serialism and began to attend the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. After fulfilling his engagements at the Constance Theatre and the Wiesbaden Hessisches Staatstheater, Henze left Germany in 1953 and settled in Italy. It was also the geographical distance to the German contemporary music theory that helped him to achieve new varied forms of expression in his own music. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Henze turned to more traditional forms. From 1962 to 1967 Henze taught a master class of composition at the Salzburg Mozarteum while other teaching assignments led him to the USA and Cuba. In Cologne Henze held a chair at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik from 1980 to 1991. In addition, he was appointed composer-in-residence at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood/USA in 1983 and 1988-1996 as well as of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. In 1976 Henze founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano and in 1988 brought the Munich Biennial: International Festival of New Music Theatre into being which he headed until 1996.
Henze's oeuvre as a composer is very comprehensive: He wrote solo concertos, symphonies, oratorios, song cycles, chamber music. It was especially the works for music theatre that have made Henze one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers of our time. The radio opera version of his early opera Ein Landarzt based on Franz Kafka's story of the same name was awarded the 'Prix Italia' as early as 1953. His varied opera repertoire includes works such as Das Wundertheater (1948/64), Boulevard Soltitude (1951), a setting of the Manon Lescaut material, König Hirsch (1953-56), Elegie für junge Liebende (1956/61, rev. 1987), Die Bassariden (1964/65, rev. 1992), Pollicino (1979/80) as well as 'Das verratene Meer' revised in 2003/2005 (Gogo no Eiko, original version 1986/89). Henze entertained a close relationship with Ingeborg Bachmann, their joint collaboration resulting in works such as (1964), Der junge LordDer Prinz von Homburg (1958/59, rev. 1991) as well as Nachtstücke und Arien for soprano and large orchestra (1957).
In the centre of Henze's orchestral compositions are his ten symphonies, including Sinfonia N.9 for mixed choir and orchestra (1995-97) with verses by Hans-Ulrich Treichel based on the novel 'The Seventh Cross' by Anna Seghers – an impressive example of Henze's examination of Germany's National Socialist past. Sinfonia N.10, commissioned by Paul Sacher, was premiered at a widely acclaimed performance in Lucerne in 2002 by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.
Among the numerous awards and prizes received by Henze are: 1990 Ernst von Siemens Music Award, 1995 appointment as Accademico Onorario of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1997 Hans von Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1998 appointment as Honorary Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2000 Praemium Imperiale in Tokio, 2001 Cannes Classical Award in the category 'Best Living Composer', to mention but a few. 2003 saw his appointment as Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Paris and his receiving the Prize of the International Summer Academy Mozarteum 'Neues Hören' for the successful conveyance of new music. On the occasion of Henze's 80th birthday in 2006, numerous international concert halls, such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Kungliga Filharmonikerna Stockholms Konserthus, dedicated special concert series to him. In 2007 the recording of Henze's melodrama Aristaeus with Martin Wuttke and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marek Janowski was awarded the Echo Klassik in the category 'Best First Recording of the Year'.
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Chronology
1926
Born in Gütersloh on 1 July
1942
Studied at the Brunswick State Music School
1944
Répétiteur at the Bielefelder Stadttheater
1946
Studied at the Institute for Church Music in Heidelberg and with Wolfgang Fortner
1948
Music collaborator of Heinz Hilpert at the Deutsches Theater at Konstanz
1950
Artistic director and conductor of the ballet of  the Hessisches Staatstheater at Wiesbaden
1951
Robert Schumann Prize of the city of Düsseldorf
1953
Settled in Italy
1956
Sibelius Gold Medal, London
1957
Great Arts Award of North Rhine-Westphalia
1958
Music Critics Award of Buenos Aires
1959
Great Arts Award of Berlin
1960-68
Member of the West Berlin Akademie der Künste
1961
Arts Award of Lower Saxony, Hanover
1962-67
Master class in composition at the Salzburg Mozarteum
1964
Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
1967
Visiting professor at the Dartmouth College New Hampshire, USA
1968
Associate member of the East Berlin Akademie der Künste, GDR
1969-70
Teaching and research activities in La Habana, Cuba
1971
Honorary doctorate of music of the University of Edinburgh
1975
Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, London
1976
Founded the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano
1980
Awards of the city of Positano for the baletts "Ondine" and "Orpheus"
1980-91
Professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne
1981
Founded the Mürztaler Musikwerkstätten, Mürzzuschlag (Styria)
1982
Honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
1983
Director of the 3. Mürztaler Musikwerkstatt
1984
Founded the Deutschlandsberger Jugendmusikfest (Styria)
1987
International Chair for Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London
1988
Composer-in-Residence at the Berkshire Music Center in Tangelwood/MA (USA)
1989
Director of the "Gütersloher Sommerakademie Hans Werner Henze"
1990
"Apollo d'oro", Bilbao
1991
Honorary member of the International Society of New Music
1992

Member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg

1995
Accademico Onorario of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
1996
President of the Contemporary Opera Studio of the English National Opera
1997
Hans-von-Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
1998
Premio Abbiati 1998 of the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali for the production "Venus und Adonis" at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
2000
Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo
2001
"Deutscher Tanzpreis 2001"
2002
"Laurence Olivier Award 2000" in the category "Best New Opera Production" for "Boulevard Solitude" at the Royal Opera House in London
2003
Complete performance of all ten symphonies at festival "Présences" in Paris
2004
Honorary doctorate of the University for Music and Performing Arts, Munich
2006
Premio "Franco Abbiati" della critica musicale italiana 2006 for the production of "Elegy for Young Lovers" at Teatro delle Muse, Ancona (direction, stage and costume design Pier Luigi Pizzi)
2007
Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
2010
Aquila d'Oro of the Associazione Corfinium onlus for his merits for the Italian culture
2011
Lifetime Achievement Award of the GEMA Music Author’s Award
2012
Died on 27 October in Dresden
Performances
Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2017-04-08 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Grand Hall, Glasgow City Halls — 20:00
Conductor: Frank Löhr
2017-04-12 | Hannover (Germany), Richard Jakoby Saal — 19:30
Conductor: Felix Bender
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2017-04-25 | Dresden (Germany), Semperoper
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-04-29 | Gütersloh (Germany), Theater
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-02 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-04 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-05-05 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 19:30
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), Kings Place — 19:30
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-07 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-09 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
2017-05-11 | Wien (Austria), Theater an der Wien — 19:00
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-05-11 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
Conductor: Lutz Rademacher
Orchestra: Orchester des Landestheaters Detmold
2017-06-09 | Detmold (Germany), Landestheater
Conductor: Chris Holley
Orchestra: South Birmingham Sinfonia
2017-07-15 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre — 19:30
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-07-30 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-07-31 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-05 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-06 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Conductor: Martin Sotelo
2017-08-07 | Buenos Aires (Argentine), Teatró Colón
Orchestra: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
2018-04-26 | New York, NY (United States of America), Rose Studio
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