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Hans Tutschku

German composer born 30 January, 1966 in Weimar

Born in Weimar in 1966, Hans Tutschku took up the piano at an early age and became a member of the Ensemble für intuitive Musik Weimar in 1982, playing synthesiser and running real-time electronics. In 1988, he began studies of composition at the Dresden Hochschule für Musik. During this period, he performed with Karlheinz Stockhausen in several concert cycles as part of his studies of sound diffusion.

In 1991-1992, he undertook studies of electro-acoustic music with Klarenz Barlow, Paul Berg, Joel Ryan and Peter Pabon at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. He participated in several multi-media projects (visual art, dance and music) with Ensemble für Intuitive Musik Weimar. He has also written music for film, theatre and ballet.

All of Hans Tutschku’s works include electronics, and in September, 1995, he became a professor of electro-acoustic composition at the Weimar Conservatory. His music has been performed widely in festivals in Europe and Latin America. Notable works include Übergänge (1989) for tape, Klang - Farbe - Bewegung (1989) for dance, multi-dimensional projections and ensemble, Die zerschlagene Stimme (1991) for tape, Zu Abend mein Herz (1993) for trombone, percussion and tape, Nachts (1993-1994) for bass clarinet, cello, percussion and tape, the sound installation Sound-Scapes (1994), and Sieben Stufen (1995) for tape.

He has been awarded numerous prizes: in 1989, his work Übergänge received an honourable mention at Bourges; in 1991, he was awarded the Hanns Eisler Preis of Deutschlandsender Kultur for Die zerschlagene Stimme; and in 1995, Sieben Stufen received second prize in the São Paulo International Electro-acoustic Music Competition.

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