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Ludger  Vollmer

Born: June 29th, 1961
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Kirill Karabits
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar
2019-10-20 | Weimar (Germany), Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Nündel
2020-02-21 | Darmstadt (Germany), Staatstheater, kleines Haus — 19:30 | First Night

As a composer, the opera is my strongest weapon. The opera is prospering. There is no place that is not affected by its force. (Ludger vollmer)

Born 1961 in Berlin, Ludger Vollmer began his career as an engineer before he decided to study music in 1984. He studied violin, viola and composition in Weimer and Leipzig and graduated in 1990. Member of several professional orchestras he took lessons in improvisation in Leipzig and achieved a degree in educational improvisation in 1998. At the same time he visited masterclasses in composition with Alfred Schnittke and Dmitrj Terzakis. 1997 he was nominated for a scholarship for Villa Massimo in Rome.

Vollmer's works range from sacred music and world music projects including improvisations to large-scale opera. Among his stage works are Gegen die Wand  ("Against the Wall") after the same-named film by Turkish director Faith Akin, the youth opera Border after Euripides and Lola rennt ("Run, Lola, Run"), based on the same-named film by tom Tykwer. The abuse of religion and its violent consequences are the topic of his opera Crusades premiered at the Freiburg Theatre in 2017. The same year, the theatre of Hagen presented the "Road Opera" Tschick, Vollmer's setting of the eponymous successful novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf.
In the composition of his music theatre works, Vollmer developed his compositional technique F.R.A.M.E. ("Fast Rhythm Advanced Music Experience"), a musical-dramatic structure characterised by a succession of short scenes and sharply accentuated rhythms.

Ludger Vollmer was awarded the European Tolerance Award in 2009 for Gegen die Wand ("Against the Wall"). On the occasion of the European Capital of Culture year 2010, the production of the world premiere was invited to Istanbul. He received the Weimar Prize in 2014, and the Thüringen Composition Award 2017. He lives and works in Hamburg.

1961
Born in Berlin on 29 June
1968-78
Polytechnic grammar school
Violin classes at musical school Berlin-Köpenick from the age of seven
Member of the youth-symphony orchestra Berlin-Köpenick
1978-81
Apprenticeship as toolmaker with A-level
1981-83
Basic military service at National People’s Army, before and after this working as toolmaker
1983-84
Pastor’s secretary
1984-90
Studies music with the subjects violin, viola and composing at Hochschule für Musik Weimar and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
1989-94
Orchestral musician (viola) at Orcherster der Leipziger Oper (1989-90), at Magdeburgische Philharmonie and at Erfurter Philharmonisches Orchester (1992-94)
At the same time private postgraduate course in the subject viola at Prof. Heinz Rudolf, Hochschule für Musik Dresden
Busy chamber music actions
1990
Degree as qualified-orchestral musician (viola) with teaching qualification
Marriage with the violonist and instrumental pedagogue Friedrun Vollmer, née Minor, five children
1993 -
Freelancing composer and musician
1994-98
Studies Diploma Education for improvisation at Prof. Peter Jarchow, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
1994-95
Lectureship violin, viola and student’s orchestra at musical school Weimar
Attendance of various seminars at Prof. Alfred Schnittke, Hochschule für Musik Hamburg
Succsessful participation at several composing-contests
1995-99
Qualified and postgraduate study of composing at Prof. Dimitri Terzakis, Hochschule für Musik Leipzig as scholar of the Cusanuswerk
Finalization of university educations with concert exam in composing and acquisition of diplomas for composing and pedagogy of impovisation
1997
Nomination of scholarship for study stay at Villa Massimo, Rome, by the Free State of Thuringia
1998-2001
Docent at Fachhochschule Jena, field of social sciences (elective subject “artistic communication: basic language of music and forms of musical improvisation“, lecture and seminar)
2004
World premiere of the opera "Paul und Paula oder Die Legende vom Glück ohne Ende" adapted from the film by Ulrich Plenzdorf at Theater Nordhausen
Mexico-Tour with the dance theatre "Der Dreispitz"
Teaching as guest at public University Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli at Mexico City
2005
World premiere of the five-movement string quartet "My love is as a fever" adapted from William Shakespeare’s sonnets (Faust Quartett, Heidelberger Frühling)
Study stay at Istanbul
Starts working on the opera "Gegen Die Wand" adapted from Fatih Akin’s film
2008
World premiere of the opera "Gegen Die Wand" at Theater Bremen
2009
European Prize of Tolerance 2009 for the opera "Gegen Die Wand" World premiere of the youth opera Schillers Räuber – Rap’n Breakdance Opera" at Theaterhaus Jena
Invitation of the Bremen production of the opera "Gegen Die Wand" to the European capital of culture Istanbul on occasion of the city of culture year 2010
2010
Working scholarship in Israel for the opera "Crusades"
2011
German Theatre Prize „Der Faust“ for the Stuttgart production of the opera "Gegen die Wand" (direction: Neco Çelik)
2012
World premiere of the youth opera "Border" at the Oper Köln / Kinderoper
2012-13
Lectureship for musical theory at Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", Weimar
2013
World premiere of the opera "Lola rennt" adapted from the film by Tom Tykwer at Theater Regensburg
2014
Second study stay in Israel
Weimar Prize 2014
2017
Thuringia Composition Award
2017
World premiere of the opera "Crusades" at Theater Freiburg
2017
World premiere of  "Tschick · Road Opera" at Theater Hagen
Conductor: Kirill Karabits
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar
2019-10-20 | Weimar (Germany), Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Nündel
2020-02-21 | Darmstadt (Germany), Staatstheater, kleines Haus — 19:30 | First Night

per page
  1. My love is as a fever in preparation

    My love is as a fever

    String Quartet based on Sonnets by William Shakespeare
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : 2 violins, viola, cello
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22466
    €80.00  *

    Out of stock

  2. Rummelplatz-Suite / Drei Märchen

    Rummelplatz-Suite / Drei Märchen

    Instrumentation : guitar
    Language : German
    Order No. : ECH0998
    €18.50  *
  3. Farben der Politik

    Farben der Politik

    Trio for accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22937
    €49.00  *
  4. Two Hymns

    Two Hymns

    for saxophone quartet
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : saxophonequartett
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22938
    €28.00  *
  5. Petites danse rituelle # 3 d’évocation du véritable printemps

    Petites danse rituelle # 3 d’évocation du véritable printemps

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : ED 21527 Q11177
    €1.99  *
  6. Toccata

    Toccata

    for organ
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : ED 21880 Q21586
    €8.99  *
  7. Two Hymns

    Two Hymns

    for saxophone quartet
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : saxophonequartett
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22938 Q47691
    €21.99  *
  8. Farben der Politik

    Farben der Politik

    Trio for accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22937 Q47862
    €38.99  *
  9. Gegen die Wand

    Gegen die Wand

    Oper nach dem Film von Fatih Akin
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    librettist : Vollmer, Ludger
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Turkish - German

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Profile

As a composer, the opera is my strongest weapon. The opera is prospering. There is no place that is not affected by its force. (Ludger vollmer)

Born 1961 in Berlin, Ludger Vollmer began his career as an engineer before he decided to study music in 1984. He studied violin, viola and composition in Weimer and Leipzig and graduated in 1990. Member of several professional orchestras he took lessons in improvisation in Leipzig and achieved a degree in educational improvisation in 1998. At the same time he visited masterclasses in composition with Alfred Schnittke and Dmitrj Terzakis. 1997 he was nominated for a scholarship for Villa Massimo in Rome.

Vollmer's works range from sacred music and world music projects including improvisations to large-scale opera. Among his stage works are Gegen die Wand  ("Against the Wall") after the same-named film by Turkish director Faith Akin, the youth opera Border after Euripides and Lola rennt ("Run, Lola, Run"), based on the same-named film by tom Tykwer. The abuse of religion and its violent consequences are the topic of his opera Crusades premiered at the Freiburg Theatre in 2017. The same year, the theatre of Hagen presented the "Road Opera" Tschick, Vollmer's setting of the eponymous successful novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf.
In the composition of his music theatre works, Vollmer developed his compositional technique F.R.A.M.E. ("Fast Rhythm Advanced Music Experience"), a musical-dramatic structure characterised by a succession of short scenes and sharply accentuated rhythms.

Ludger Vollmer was awarded the European Tolerance Award in 2009 for Gegen die Wand ("Against the Wall"). On the occasion of the European Capital of Culture year 2010, the production of the world premiere was invited to Istanbul. He received the Weimar Prize in 2014, and the Thüringen Composition Award 2017. He lives and works in Hamburg.

Works
Chronology
1961
Born in Berlin on 29 June
1968-78
Polytechnic grammar school
Violin classes at musical school Berlin-Köpenick from the age of seven
Member of the youth-symphony orchestra Berlin-Köpenick
1978-81
Apprenticeship as toolmaker with A-level
1981-83
Basic military service at National People’s Army, before and after this working as toolmaker
1983-84
Pastor’s secretary
1984-90
Studies music with the subjects violin, viola and composing at Hochschule für Musik Weimar and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
1989-94
Orchestral musician (viola) at Orcherster der Leipziger Oper (1989-90), at Magdeburgische Philharmonie and at Erfurter Philharmonisches Orchester (1992-94)
At the same time private postgraduate course in the subject viola at Prof. Heinz Rudolf, Hochschule für Musik Dresden
Busy chamber music actions
1990
Degree as qualified-orchestral musician (viola) with teaching qualification
Marriage with the violonist and instrumental pedagogue Friedrun Vollmer, née Minor, five children
1993 -
Freelancing composer and musician
1994-98
Studies Diploma Education for improvisation at Prof. Peter Jarchow, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig
1994-95
Lectureship violin, viola and student’s orchestra at musical school Weimar
Attendance of various seminars at Prof. Alfred Schnittke, Hochschule für Musik Hamburg
Succsessful participation at several composing-contests
1995-99
Qualified and postgraduate study of composing at Prof. Dimitri Terzakis, Hochschule für Musik Leipzig as scholar of the Cusanuswerk
Finalization of university educations with concert exam in composing and acquisition of diplomas for composing and pedagogy of impovisation
1997
Nomination of scholarship for study stay at Villa Massimo, Rome, by the Free State of Thuringia
1998-2001
Docent at Fachhochschule Jena, field of social sciences (elective subject “artistic communication: basic language of music and forms of musical improvisation“, lecture and seminar)
2004
World premiere of the opera "Paul und Paula oder Die Legende vom Glück ohne Ende" adapted from the film by Ulrich Plenzdorf at Theater Nordhausen
Mexico-Tour with the dance theatre "Der Dreispitz"
Teaching as guest at public University Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli at Mexico City
2005
World premiere of the five-movement string quartet "My love is as a fever" adapted from William Shakespeare’s sonnets (Faust Quartett, Heidelberger Frühling)
Study stay at Istanbul
Starts working on the opera "Gegen Die Wand" adapted from Fatih Akin’s film
2008
World premiere of the opera "Gegen Die Wand" at Theater Bremen
2009
European Prize of Tolerance 2009 for the opera "Gegen Die Wand" World premiere of the youth opera Schillers Räuber – Rap’n Breakdance Opera" at Theaterhaus Jena
Invitation of the Bremen production of the opera "Gegen Die Wand" to the European capital of culture Istanbul on occasion of the city of culture year 2010
2010
Working scholarship in Israel for the opera "Crusades"
2011
German Theatre Prize „Der Faust“ for the Stuttgart production of the opera "Gegen die Wand" (direction: Neco Çelik)
2012
World premiere of the youth opera "Border" at the Oper Köln / Kinderoper
2012-13
Lectureship for musical theory at Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", Weimar
2013
World premiere of the opera "Lola rennt" adapted from the film by Tom Tykwer at Theater Regensburg
2014
Second study stay in Israel
Weimar Prize 2014
2017
Thuringia Composition Award
2017
World premiere of the opera "Crusades" at Theater Freiburg
2017
World premiere of  "Tschick · Road Opera" at Theater Hagen
Performances
Conductor: Kirill Karabits
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Weimar
2019-10-20 | Weimar (Germany), Nationaltheater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Conductor: Michael Nündel
2020-02-21 | Darmstadt (Germany), Staatstheater, kleines Haus — 19:30 | First Night
Products

per page
  1. My love is as a fever in preparation

    My love is as a fever

    String Quartet based on Sonnets by William Shakespeare
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : 2 violins, viola, cello
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22466
    €80.00  *

    Out of stock

  2. Rummelplatz-Suite / Drei Märchen

    Rummelplatz-Suite / Drei Märchen

    Instrumentation : guitar
    Language : German
    Order No. : ECH0998
    €18.50  *
  3. Farben der Politik

    Farben der Politik

    Trio for accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22937
    €49.00  *
  4. Two Hymns

    Two Hymns

    for saxophone quartet
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : saxophonequartett
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22938
    €28.00  *
  5. Petites danse rituelle # 3 d’évocation du véritable printemps

    Petites danse rituelle # 3 d’évocation du véritable printemps

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : ED 21527 Q11177
    €1.99  *
  6. Toccata

    Toccata

    for organ
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : ED 21880 Q21586
    €8.99  *
  7. Two Hymns

    Two Hymns

    for saxophone quartet
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : saxophonequartett
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22938 Q47691
    €21.99  *
  8. Farben der Politik

    Farben der Politik

    Trio for accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    Instrumentation : accordion, saxophone and percussion
    Edition : score and parts
    Order No. : ED 22937 Q47862
    €38.99  *
  9. Gegen die Wand

    Gegen die Wand

    Oper nach dem Film von Fatih Akin
    Composer : Vollmer, Ludger
    librettist : Vollmer, Ludger
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Turkish - German

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