updated 29 September 2017
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Brigitta Muntendorf

German composer born 11 July 1982 in Hamburg.

Brigitta Muntendorf studied composition with Younghi Pagh-Paan at the Bremen Hochschule für Künste, and later with Krzysztof Meyer, Rebecca Saunders, and Johannes Schöllhorn at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz.

In 2006, she was awarded first prize in the Belin Philharmonic Composition Competition for Klangviren, which was premiered the following year.

In 2009, Muntendorf founded Ensemble Garage in Cologne, a collective made up of composers, instrumentalists and artists which devises and performs interdisciplinary projects. She was later awarded a grant for a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She was also in residence with the Ensemble Modern Academy, at Villa Concordia (Bamberg), and at Villa Kamogawa (Tokyo). She is regularly invited to participate in seminars and conferences at universities in Germany and Austria. Since 2013, she has taught composition at Siegen University.

Muntendorf’s work encompasses varied modes of expression (concerts, installations, performances) and artistic disciplines (music, dance, theatre, opera). Notable recent works include City Dance Köln and Für immer ganz oben (FIGO) (both from 2016), iScreen, YouScream! (2017), and Public Privacy (started in 2013), a series of collaborative works of varying formats to be performed in physical or virtual public spaces. Her music examines the social dimension of music, and notably, the relationships between creativity and digital technology/social media.

She has been commissioned by festivals such as Acht Brücken (Cologne), Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, ECLAT/Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart, and Donaueschinger Musiktage. She has worked with ensembles including Asko/Schönberg, Calefax Reed Quintet, Decoder, Garage, Klangforum Wien, Musikfabrik, Mosaik, and PHACE. She was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize, the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for Rundumschlag#, a first prize from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Förderpreis, and the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis.

In 2014, the Col Legno label released It may be all an illusion, a monographic CD of her chamber works.

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  • Karl KATSCHTHALER, « Pocket opera, The New Discipline and public space: the intermedia composer Brigitta Muntendorf and “practical aesthetics” » dans Music on stage, volume 3, décembre 2016.
  • Brigitta MUNTENDORF, « Anleitung zur künstlerischen Arbeit mit der Gegenwart», dans Zurück zur Gegenwart? Weltbezüge in Neuer Musik (Jörn Peter Hiekel, éd.), Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt 55, Schott, 2015.
  • Brigitta MUNTENDORF, « Social composing », dans Positionen, Heft 108.
  • Hubert STEINS, « Recycelte Semantik: Neunundzwanzig Jahre jung; Die Komponistin Brigitta Muntendorf » dans Zeitschrift für Neue Musik, n° 131, 2011.
  • Dirk WIESCHOLLEK, « Mixed Reality: Zum Aspekt des Visuellen in Brigitta Muntendorfs multimedialem Komponieren » dans Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, n° 6, 2014, p. 30-35.


  • Brigitta MUNTENDORF, Sweetheart, Goodbye ; Shivers on speed ; Reinhören ; Durchhören ; Missing T, Nicola Gründel, voix ; Ensemble Modern ; Ensemble Garage ; musiFabrik ; Calefax Reed Quintet ; IEMA Ensemble ; Mariano Chiacchiarni, Manuel Nawri, Vimbayi Kaziboni, direction, dans « It may be all an illusion », 1 cd Col Legno, 2014, WWE40411.
  • Brigitta MUNTENDORF, hin und weg, Irene Kurka, soprano ; Burkat Zeller, violoncelle, dans « Stabat Mater Dolorosa », avec des œuvres de Makiko Nishikaze, Christina C. Messner et Eve-Maria Houben, 1 cd Makro Musikverlag, 2009, CD1017.

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