Peter Michael Hamel

1947

Born on 15 July in Munich
Piano lessons at the age of five, followed by lessons on violin, cello and French horn

1965-1970

Composition 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 

1969-1974

Collaboration with Josef Anton Riedl (on multi-media projects), John Cage, Morton  Feldman, Luc Ferrari and Carl Orff

1970-1980

Leader of the international improvisatory ensemble „Between“

seit 1971

Performer of his own compositions for  piano, organ, voice and live electronics

1971

Composition Award of the Swiss foundation „Alte Kirche Boswil“

ab 1973

Nine extended tours of Asia (studies in non-European singing and tonal systems)

1974

City of Bonn prize for the promotion of young artists, Beethoven Festival

1975

City of Stuttgart prize for the promotion of young composers

1977

Munich Music Award

1978

Co-founder of “Freies Musikzentrum” in  Munich

1979/80

Fellow of the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome

1981

GEMA Foundation prize for the promotion of young musicians

1982-1990

Lecture tours in Europe, the United States and Asia

1984

Prize winner at International Rostrum of Composers, Paris

seit 1984

Studies of orchestration and phenomenology with Sergiu Celibidache

1985/86

Composer-in-residence, Ireland

1988

Composer-in-residence at Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival

1988/89

Schwabing Art Prize from City of Munich

1993/94

Guest Professor at the Graz Musikhochschule

1994

Prize winner of Carl Orff Competition, Munich

1997

Professor for composition and theory at Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Lehrstuhlnachfolger von G. Ligeti)

1998/99

Foundation of the Institute for inter cultural studies, Aschau/Chiemgau

2000

Deputy Director of the Music Section of the Academy of the Arts, Hamburg

2001

CD release „De Visione Dei at Celestial Harmonies

2008

Gerda-und-Günter-Bialas Prize

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The response I have sensed toward my music in conversations and letters shows me that it is possible to reach not only insiders in their contemporary ivory towers, but also young people and adults from all walks of life. As a composer and a musician, I deliberately reject the rigidity and immobility of our musical establishment. I am opposed to pure  'conservation' or intellectualism as a barrier to deeper experiences.”

     Peter Michael Hamel

 

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