Ernst Krenek

Biography

1900born in Vienna on August 23
1906first music studies (piano)
1916studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Vienna Academy of Music
1919studied philosophy at the University of Vienna
1920-1923studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Staatliche Musikhochschule, Berlin
1924residence in Switzerland / journey through France and Italy
1925assistant to Paul Bekker at the Staatstheater, Kassel
1927ditto, Wiesbaden
1928return to Vienna
1929journey to North Africa
1930-1933numerous literary activities, especially for the “Frankfurter Zeitung”
1934journey to Spain
1935-1937concerts and lectures / literary activities (editor of the music periodical “23” / contributions to the “Wiener Zeitung”)
1937first journey to America
1938emigration / lectures and concerts in USA
1939-1942professor of music at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / guest lectures at Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin
1942-1947professor of music, head of the Department of Music and dean of the School of Fine Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
1945U. S. citizenship
1947-1949guest lectures at University of New Mexico, Los Angeles City and State Colleges, and Chicago Musical College
1947-1966established residence in Los Angeles, Cal.
since 1950extended concert and lecture tours throughout the USA and Europe
1963    Krenek Festival, North Carolina Music Society, Raleigh, N. C.
1963Krenek-Festival der North Carolina Music Society in Raleigh, N.C.
1965Krenek Festivals, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. / visiting professor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
1966move to Palm Springs, Cal.
1967visiting professor, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Md., and University of Hawaii, Honolulu
1968tenure in Europe, intensive conducting and lecturing
1969Krenek Festival, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
1974Krenek Festival, California State University, Northridge, Cal.
197575th birthday celebration, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Cal. / Twin Cities Music Festival in honor of Ernst Krenek, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
1979Krenek Festival, University of California, Santa Barbara, Cal.
1980tour of ten cities in U. S. and Canada (Goethe-Institute)
1982Ernst Krenek. Life and Work. Exhibition by the Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek
1986establishment of the composition competition for the Ernst-Krenek-Preis der Stadt Wien
1991Died in Palm Springs, Cal., on December 22nd
Honors and AwardsCity of Vienna Prize (1955) / Extraordinary membership, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (1959) / Membership, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (1960) / Membership, Akademie für Musik, Vienna (1960) / Great Silver Medallion for Service to the Austrian Republic (1960) / Gold Medal of the City of Vienna (1960) / Honorary doctorate, University of New Mexico (1960) / Grand Austrian State Prize (1963) / Grand Arts Prize of Land Nordrhein-Westfalen (1964) / Grand Medallion of Merit, German Federal Republic (1965) / Hamburg Bach Prize (1966) / Honorary membership of the Musikakademie, Graz (1969) / Music Prize, Brandeis University (1969) / Honorary membership, Hamburg State Opera (1970) / Ring of Honor, City of Vienna (1970) / Honorary membership, Akademie Mozarteum Salzburg (1970) / Ludwig-Spohr-Prize, City of Braunschweig (1970) / Honorary citation for arts and science, Republic of Austria (1975) / Honorary doctorate, Philadelphia Musical Academy (1977) / Goethe Placard, Land Hessen (1978) / Richard-Strauss-Medallion, GEMA (1980) / Honorary citizenship, City of Vienna (1981) / Honorary citizenship of the city of New Orleans (1984) / Honorary membership in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien (1988) / Salzburg State Medal of Honor (1990)