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Volker David  Kirchner

Born: June 25th, 1942
Country of origin: Germany
Volker David Kirchner, born in Mainz on 25 June 1942, comes from a family with a long musical tradition. He studied at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory of Mainz from 1956-1959 with Günter Kehr (violin) and Günter Raphael (composition) and at the Cologne Musikhochschule from 1959-1963 where he also attended master classes of Bernd Alois Zimmermann. He was solo violist of the Cologne Rheinisches Kammerorchester (1962-1964), and after further studies with Tibor Varga in Detmold, he was taken on as violist in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. As violist of the Kehr Trio, he toured South America, North Africa and the Near East, studying thoroughly non-European music.

In parallel to his work as orchestra musician, he founded the Ensemble 70 in Wiesbaden in 1970 and worked as composer of incidental music at the Wiesbaden Hessisches Staatstheater from 1972-1974. Since 1988 Volker David Kirchner has worked as freelance composer; his work covers all genres, including numerous works for the music theatre and in particular chamber music and orchestral works. His opera Gilgamesh, commissioned by the Niedersächsische Staatsoper of Hanover on the occasion of the EXPO 2000, was premiered in May 2000, his latest opera Ahasver, commissioned by the Bielefeld Theatre, was firstly given in Bielefeld in May 2001.

Volker David Kirchner has been awarded numerous prizes and honours, including the Award of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate for Young Composers, for his first opera Die Trauung (1974), the Arts Award of the Rhineland-Palatinate (1977), the Gutenberg Medal of the City of Mainz (1992), the Music Award of the Rheingau Music Festival (first prize, 1994) and, in 1995, the Composition Award of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Kreissparkasse of Hanover. In 1992 he became a member of the advisory board of the Villa Musica Foundation in Mainz.

1942
Born on 25th June in Mainz; Begins to study the violin at the age of five; first attempts at composition at the age of eight
1956-59
Studies at the Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium in Mainz with Günter Kehr (violin) and Günther Raphael (composition)
1959-63
Studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne; Courses with Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Performs as a clarinettist and pianist in jazz groups
1962-64
Solo violist of the Rheinisches Kammerorchester Cologne
1964-67
Member of the Kehr-Trios; tours South Amerika, North Africa ans the Near East; Explores Indian Music
1966-67
Member of the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester-Frankfurt
1970
Co-founder of the Ensemble 70 Wiesbaden
up to 1974
Composes incidental music for more than 20 stage plays
1974
Förderpreis (musical award for further studies) of the Land Rheinland Pfalz; "Die Trauung", opera after Gombrowicz, world première April 1975 in Wiesbaden
1975/76
String Sextet "Orphischer Gesang"
1977
Kunstpreis of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz
1977-79
"Die fünf Minuten des Isaak Babel", world première April 1980 in Wuppertal; "Golgatha", Piano Trio
1980
"Das kalte Herz" (1st version),1st symphony "Totentanz"
1981-85
"Bildnisse I und II" for orchestra; Violin Concerto; "Nachtstück"; String Quartet; "Mysterion"; "Belshazar"; Songs on texts by Goethe; Piano Sonata
1986/87
World première of "Belshazar" at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich; "Orfeo" Cycle, after poems by Rilke
1988-90
"Das kalte Herz", new version, world première in October 1988, Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; Requiem "Messa di pace" for soloists, mixed-voice choir and orchestra, world première in Moscow in June 1990 as a part of the festival "Music Culture of Today"; "Erinys", world première in Wuppertal in April 1990; "Schibboleth"
1992
Member of the advisory board of the Villa Musica Foundation, Mainz; Received the Gutenberg Medal of the City of Mainz; Symphony No.2 "Mythen", world première in Wiesbaden in July as part of the Rheingau Musik Festival; "Bildnisse III"
1993
"Missa Moguntina", world première in Mainz Cathedral in November
1994
Rheingau Musikpreis; "Hortus magicus"; String Sextet "Gethsemani"
1995
Composition Award of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Kreissparkasse Hannover; "Inferno d'amore", first staged performance in March, Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover; Clarinet Quartet "Exil"
1997
"Concerto for horn and orchestra", world première at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival; "Labyrinthos", chamber opera, written for the opening of the small theatre of the Mainz Staatstheater in October 1997; "Der Leiermann"
1998
"Aus den 53 Tagen", Passion music for the 93rd Catholics' Day; "Concerto for Oboe"; "Gesang im Feuer"; Sextets "Il canto della notte" and "Gesang im Feuer"
1999
"Memento"; "Menuha", part 2 of the Ghetto trilogy with "Der Leiermann" and "Gesang im Feuer"
2000
Opera "Gilgamesh", world première at the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover as part of the EXPO 2000 in May; Volker David Kirchner lives near to Mainz
2001
"Ahasver oder die Besichtigung eines Zeitalters", premiere at Stadttheater Bielefeld

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    Three Pieces
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    Drei Meditationen
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  5. "Meine Augen möchte ich erfreuen, Shulamith..."

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  6. Bildnisse III

    Bildnisse III

    Hommage à W. A. Mozart
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  7. Lamento d'Orfeo

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  8. Tre poemi

    Tre poemi

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  9. Concerto

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Volker David Kirchner, born in Mainz on 25 June 1942, comes from a family with a long musical tradition. He studied at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory of Mainz from 1956-1959 with Günter Kehr (violin) and Günter Raphael (composition) and at the Cologne Musikhochschule from 1959-1963 where he also attended master classes of Bernd Alois Zimmermann. He was solo violist of the Cologne Rheinisches Kammerorchester (1962-1964), and after further studies with Tibor Varga in Detmold, he was taken on as violist in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. As violist of the Kehr Trio, he toured South America, North Africa and the Near East, studying thoroughly non-European music.

In parallel to his work as orchestra musician, he founded the Ensemble 70 in Wiesbaden in 1970 and worked as composer of incidental music at the Wiesbaden Hessisches Staatstheater from 1972-1974. Since 1988 Volker David Kirchner has worked as freelance composer; his work covers all genres, including numerous works for the music theatre and in particular chamber music and orchestral works. His opera Gilgamesh, commissioned by the Niedersächsische Staatsoper of Hanover on the occasion of the EXPO 2000, was premiered in May 2000, his latest opera Ahasver, commissioned by the Bielefeld Theatre, was firstly given in Bielefeld in May 2001.

Volker David Kirchner has been awarded numerous prizes and honours, including the Award of the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate for Young Composers, for his first opera Die Trauung (1974), the Arts Award of the Rhineland-Palatinate (1977), the Gutenberg Medal of the City of Mainz (1992), the Music Award of the Rheingau Music Festival (first prize, 1994) and, in 1995, the Composition Award of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Kreissparkasse of Hanover. In 1992 he became a member of the advisory board of the Villa Musica Foundation in Mainz.

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Chronology
1942
Born on 25th June in Mainz; Begins to study the violin at the age of five; first attempts at composition at the age of eight
1956-59
Studies at the Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium in Mainz with Günter Kehr (violin) and Günther Raphael (composition)
1959-63
Studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne; Courses with Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Performs as a clarinettist and pianist in jazz groups
1962-64
Solo violist of the Rheinisches Kammerorchester Cologne
1964-67
Member of the Kehr-Trios; tours South Amerika, North Africa ans the Near East; Explores Indian Music
1966-67
Member of the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester-Frankfurt
1970
Co-founder of the Ensemble 70 Wiesbaden
up to 1974
Composes incidental music for more than 20 stage plays
1974
Förderpreis (musical award for further studies) of the Land Rheinland Pfalz; "Die Trauung", opera after Gombrowicz, world première April 1975 in Wiesbaden
1975/76
String Sextet "Orphischer Gesang"
1977
Kunstpreis of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz
1977-79
"Die fünf Minuten des Isaak Babel", world première April 1980 in Wuppertal; "Golgatha", Piano Trio
1980
"Das kalte Herz" (1st version),1st symphony "Totentanz"
1981-85
"Bildnisse I und II" for orchestra; Violin Concerto; "Nachtstück"; String Quartet; "Mysterion"; "Belshazar"; Songs on texts by Goethe; Piano Sonata
1986/87
World première of "Belshazar" at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich; "Orfeo" Cycle, after poems by Rilke
1988-90
"Das kalte Herz", new version, world première in October 1988, Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; Requiem "Messa di pace" for soloists, mixed-voice choir and orchestra, world première in Moscow in June 1990 as a part of the festival "Music Culture of Today"; "Erinys", world première in Wuppertal in April 1990; "Schibboleth"
1992
Member of the advisory board of the Villa Musica Foundation, Mainz; Received the Gutenberg Medal of the City of Mainz; Symphony No.2 "Mythen", world première in Wiesbaden in July as part of the Rheingau Musik Festival; "Bildnisse III"
1993
"Missa Moguntina", world première in Mainz Cathedral in November
1994
Rheingau Musikpreis; "Hortus magicus"; String Sextet "Gethsemani"
1995
Composition Award of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the Kreissparkasse Hannover; "Inferno d'amore", first staged performance in March, Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover; Clarinet Quartet "Exil"
1997
"Concerto for horn and orchestra", world première at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival; "Labyrinthos", chamber opera, written for the opening of the small theatre of the Mainz Staatstheater in October 1997; "Der Leiermann"
1998
"Aus den 53 Tagen", Passion music for the 93rd Catholics' Day; "Concerto for Oboe"; "Gesang im Feuer"; Sextets "Il canto della notte" and "Gesang im Feuer"
1999
"Memento"; "Menuha", part 2 of the Ghetto trilogy with "Der Leiermann" and "Gesang im Feuer"
2000
Opera "Gilgamesh", world première at the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover as part of the EXPO 2000 in May; Volker David Kirchner lives near to Mainz
2001
"Ahasver oder die Besichtigung eines Zeitalters", premiere at Stadttheater Bielefeld
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  1. Luces and Sombras

    Luces and Sombras

    Five Tangos
    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 9214 Q3163
    €13.99  *
  2. Con mortuis in lingua mortua

    Con mortuis in lingua mortua

    Three Pieces
    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 9322 Q5795
    €14.99  *
  3. Aus dem Buch der Könige

    Aus dem Buch der Könige

    Drei Meditationen
    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: cello
    Order No.: CB 170 Q5800
    €13.99  *
  4. Pierrots Galgenlieder

    Pierrots Galgenlieder

    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: clarinet in Bb solo
    Order No.: KLB 52 Q5908
    €8.99  *
  5. "Meine Augen möchte ich erfreuen, Shulamith..."

    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: flute, horn, viola, cello and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9511 Q5925
    €17.99  *
  6. Bildnisse III

    Bildnisse III

    Hommage à W. A. Mozart
    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: small orchestra
    Edition: conductor's and study score
    Order No.: ED 8181 Q38359
    €15.99  *
  7. Lamento d'Orfeo

    Lamento d'Orfeo

    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: horn and piano
    Order No.: ED 7527
    €11.99  *
  8. Tre poemi

    Tre poemi

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    Instrumentation: horn and piano
    Order No.: ED 7675 Q2974
    €18.99  *
  9. Concerto

    Concerto

    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: oboe and orchestra
    Edition: piano reduction with solo part
    Order No.: ED 8944 Q3122
    €15.99  *
  10. Orphischer Gesang II

    Orphischer Gesang II

    Download Edition
    Instrumentation: string sextet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 8968 Q3127
    €31.99  *

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