Peter Michael Hamel


1947Born on 15 July in Munich
Piano lessons at the age of five, followed by lessons on violin, cello and French horn
1965-1970Composition studies at the Munich Staatliche Hochschule für Musik with Fritz Büchtger and Günter Bialas
Studies in musicology (with Thrasybulos Georgiades and Carl Dahlhaus), sociology  and psychology at the universities of Munich and Berlin 
1969-1974Collaboration with Josef Anton Riedl (on multi-media projects), John Cage, Morton  Feldman, Luc Ferrari and Carl Orff
1970-1980Leader of the international improvisatory ensemble „Between“
seit 1971Performer of his own compositions for  piano, organ, voice and live electronics
1971Composition Award of the Swiss foundation „Alte Kirche Boswil“
ab 1973Nine extended tours of Asia (studies in non-European singing and tonal systems)
1974City of Bonn prize for the promotion of young artists, Beethoven Festival
1975City of Stuttgart prize for the promotion of young composers
1977Munich Music Award
1978Co-founder of “Freies Musikzentrum” in  Munich
1979/80Fellow of the German Academy “Villa Massimo” in Rome
1981GEMA Foundation prize for the promotion of young musicians
1982-1990Lecture tours in Europe, the United States and Asia
1984Prize winner at International Rostrum of Composers, Paris
seit 1984Studies of orchestration and phenomenology with Sergiu Celibidache
1985/86Composer-in-residence, Ireland
1988Composer-in-residence at Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival
1988/89Schwabing Art Prize from City of Munich
1993/94Guest Professor at the Graz Musikhochschule
1994Prize winner of Carl Orff Competition, Munich
1997Professor for composition and theory at Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Lehrstuhlnachfolger von G. Ligeti)
1998/99Foundation of the Institute for inter cultural studies, Aschau/Chiemgau
2000Deputy Director of the Music Section of the Academy of the Arts, Hamburg
2001CD release „De Visione Dei“ at Celestial Harmonies
2008Gerda-und-Günter-Bialas Prize