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Steffen Wick

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Steffen Wick

Steffen Wick (born November 17, 1981) is a German composer, pianist and vocalist.

Life and career[edit]

Steffen Wick studied composition, music theory, piano and new media at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. He then went on to expand his composition studies in a master class with Moritz Eggert at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.[1]

Steffen Wick’s concert works include all genres: from lavish scores for symphonic orchestras (such as Womb), chamber music (such as Inner Monologue for vocal quartet), to exotic combinations (such as Transborder for Korean gayageum and European instruments). His works have been performed among others at the Bregenzer Festspiele, the Wiener Musikverein, the Konzerthaus Berlin and Radialsystem V and interpreted by ensembles such as the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Cottbus, Freiburg and Gießen as well as the »Eight Cellists« of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has albums published by Sony Classical and Universal Music.[1]

The focus of Steffen Wick’s compositional work lies on full-length concert projects at the interface of music with other art forms such as visual arts, scenography, dance and theatre.

Selected projects[edit]

  • Musicophilia: music theatre based on the book by Oliver Sacks, winner of the 2015 »Music Theatre Now« competition by the International Theatre Institute[2] , commissioned by Meta Theater, stage direction: Axel Tangerding, libretto: Norbert Niemann, performances: Reaktorhalle Munich (premiere 2012), Radialsystem V Berlin, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Theatre Prospero Montreal, La MaMa Experimental Theatre New York
  • Beyond Vision: commissioned work by Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for 18 solo strings and video installation, conductor: Michael Hofstetter, performances: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (premiere 2008), Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt, phæno Science Center[3]
  • Music for silent films by Georges Méliès: commissioned work by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (premiere 2013) for string quartet (Henschel Quartet), piano and electronics; curated by Edgar Reitz.
  • PIANO PARTICLES: classic-pop-electro project.[4] Collaborations among others with choreographers Marco Goecke, Eric Gauthier, Tarek Assam and dance companies of Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich and Gauthier Dance.[5] Productions at Theater Gießen and Friedrichsbau Varieté Stuttgart headlining the show Particles.[6]

Awards, scholarships[edit]

  • 2019: German Film Music Award for Birds of a Feather[7]
  • 2017: residency at Künstlerhaus Salzwedel
  • 2016: winner of the international RicordiLab competition, new author at Ricordi Berlin[8]
  • 2015: residency at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris
  • 2014: residency at International House of Artists Villa Concordia
  • 2013: German Cultural and Creative Pilot Award by the Federal Republic of Germany[9]
  • 2011: winner of the Bregenzer Festspiele composition competition

List of works[edit]

catalogue of works on the composer's website

Discography[edit]

  • 2014: PIANO PARTICLES White (Modul/Universal Music)
  • 2014: PIANO PARTICLES Blue (Modul/Universal Music)

Filmography[edit]

  • 2014: Rheingold – Gesichter eines Flusses, feature-length documentary film with narration by Ben Becker, distributed by Wild Bunch[10]
  • 2019: Birds of a Feather, 3D computer-animated film starring Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 biography on ricordi.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. jury statement on mtnow.org. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. event information for Beyond Vision on zkm.de. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. PIANO PARTICLES portrait on keyboards.de. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  5. PIANO PARTICLES and Gauthier Dance on focus.de. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. PIANO PARTICLES on Theater Gießen website. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  7. German Film Music Award Winners 2019 on welt.de. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  8. RicordiLab winners have been chosen on Ricordi website. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. WIDEMUSIC on kultur-kreativpiloten.de. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  10. film review of Rheingold – Gesichter eines Flusses on welt.de. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]


Category:German classical composers Category:21st-century classical composers Category:21st-century German musicians Category:1981 births Category:Living people Category:University of Music and Performing Arts Munich alumni Category:Composers for piano Category:21st-century pianists


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