updated 10 July 2019
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Manos Tsangaris

German composer born 8 December 1956 in Düsseldorf.

Manos Tsangaris studied composition and theatrical music with Mauricio Kagel, and percussion with Christoph Caskel, at the Cologne Academy of Music. His works from the 1970s onwards are characterised by an emphasis on diverse performance practices, including theatrical music and sound installations, alongside chambre and orchestral music.

His music has been performed in festivals including Donaueschingen, Witten Festival of Contemporary Chambre Music, the Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Ultima, TonLagen in Dresden, and Warsaw Autumn, and in theatres and opera houses in Cologne, New York, Mannheim, Dresden, and Berlin. He has received numerous commissions from German Radio.

In 1991, he was invited by the Union of Soviet Composers to undertake a residency in Moscow. From 2002 to 2007, he was an artistic advisor for the Cologne Schauspielhaus, and in 2009, was a special guest at Villa Massimo in Rome. He was elected as a member of the Saxe Academy of the Arts in 2010, going on to become the Deputy Secretary for Music at this institution the following year. Also in 2011, he founded the Internationale Institut für Kunstermittlung [International Institute for Artistic Investigation], an organisation through which he undertook research into the “anthropology of the stage”. In 2012 and 2013, he was artist-in-residence at the Zurich University of the Arts. In 2016, he was Co-artistic Director, alongside Daniel Ott, of the Munich Theatrical Music Biennale.

Manos Tsangaris is very active as a teacher. In 2002, he taught at Ny Musikk in Oslo and Stavanger; in 2003, at the Berlin University of the Arts (UKB) Summer Academy; and in 2004, 2006, and 2008, at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. In 2008-2009, he was a guest professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2009, he became a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, and in the same year, a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, going on to become director of the music department in the latter institution in 2012. In 2017-2018, he was a guest professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Manos Tsangaris’ catalogue is diverse and multi-faceted. While theatrical music comprises the bulk of his output, he has also created performance pieces and sound installations. Since 1986, he has also published poetry and anthologies. His sound installations are regularly exhibited in galleries and museums in Germany and abroad. Notably, the Kolumba Museum in Cologne and the Odense Gallery in Danemark have exhibited his work.

Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • 1991: Bernd Alois Zimmermann Grant from the City of Cologne
  • 1993-1994: Akademie Schloss Solitude Grant
  • 1997: Kunstpreis from the Berlin Academy of the Arts
  • SWR Prize for Orchestral music, for Batsheba. Eat The History!, premiered in 2009 at the Donaueschingen Festival.

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  • Jörn Peter HIEKEL, « Erhellende Passagen : zum Stationentheater von Manos Tsangaris, dans Musik & Ästhetik, Heft 52, 2009, p. 48-60.
  • Raoul MÖRCHEN, « Das mediale Theater von Manos Tsangaris », dans MusikTexte, n° 91, 2001, p. 45-50.
  • Raoul MÖRCHEN, Manos TSANGARIS, « Täglich’Brot : Manos Tsangaris im Gespräch über Dichten, Zeichnen und Trommeln », dans MusikTexte, n° 91, 2001, p. 61-66.
  • Monica PASIECZNIK, « Scenic Anthropology », dans Dissonance, n° 121, 2013, p. 7-10.
  • Michael STRUCK-SCHLOEN, « Gegen die Rituale : drei Versuche über den Komponisten Manos Tsangaris », dans Positionen, n° 38, 1999, p. 6-9.
  • Ulrich TADDAY(éd.), « Manos Tsangaris »*,* Musik-Konzepte, Sonderband,Edition Text+Kritik, 2015.
  • Manos TSANGARIS, « Was ist überhaupt eine Frage? Monolog », dans MusikTexte, n° 91, 2001, p. 57-60.


  • Manos TSANGARIS, Batsheba. Eat The History!, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Johanna Winkel : soprano, Elvira Bill : alto, Julian Podger : tenor, Andreas Wolf : baryton, Anja Laïs, Kate Strong, Olga Wäscher, Markus Boysen, Sylvain Cambreling : acteurs, Christoph Grund : orgue, Sylvain Cambreling, Denis Comtet : direction, dans « Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009 - vol. 3 », 1 cd Neos, 2009, NEOS 11053.
  • Manos TSANGARIS, Relief oder die Buchstabenrevolte, Petra Torky : voix, Freya Ritts-Kirby : voix et violon, Pi-hsien Chen : harmonium, Franck Ollu : cor, Simon Stockhausen : saxophone sorano et Martin Schmitz : acteur, dans « Donaueschinger Musiktage 2000 », 1 cd Col Legno, 2001, WWE20201.
  • Manos TSANGARIS, Drüm 1 ; Drüm 2, Manos Tsangaris, dans « Elephant’s Easy Moonwalk Through The Night », 1 cd Exaudio, 1990, 4990 S.

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en juillet 2019).