Manfred Trojahn was born in Cremlingen near Braunschweig in 1949. He studied orchestral music in Braunschweig and composition with Diether de la Motte in Hamburg; he has received numerous scholarships and prizes for his work, including the Stuttgart Award for Young Composers (1972), International Rostrum of Composers, Paris (1978), Sprengel Music Prize, Hannover (1980), Deutscher Musikautorenpreis by GEMA (2009).
In 1979-80 Trojahn spent a one-year residence at Villa Massimo, Rome. He is Professor of Composition at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf and member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Free Academy of the Arts, Hamburg, the Academy of the Arts, Berlin, and the Academy of Science and Arts of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Manfred Trojahn composes for orchestra (including five symphonies to date) and for chorus, as well as songs and chamber music for various forces. His works are performed by leading orchestras and composers and renowned soloists. Since the beginning of the 1990s music theatre has occupied an important position in Trojahn’s oeuvre: his operas Enrico (premiered at Schwetzingen in 1991), Was ihr wollt [Twelfth Night], (Munich, 1998), and Limonen aus Sizilien [Lemons from Sicily], (Cologne, 2003) have received new productions at many theatres in Germany and Austria. The new composition of the recitatives of Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito was premiered in Amsterdam in 2002. In 2008 his opera La grande magia after Eduardo di Filippo had its First performance in Dresden, in 2011 his music theatre Orest on a libretto by the composer was premiered in Amsterdam.